At the Lake County Board of County Commissioners meeting on May 6, 2014, Commissioner Welton Cadwell, prefaced his reading of an EMS Week Proclamation by stating, “We see mention of Emergency Medical Services’ efforts in the news every day and I thank you for the great work you do.”

Commissioner Cadwell, who also serves as the chairman of the Lake Emergency Medical Services Board of Directors, read the proclamation, approved by the Board of County Commissioners, which proclaims the week of May 18-24, 2014 as “Emergency Medical Services Week in Lake County, Florida.” The proclamation speaks to the fact that EMS teams are ready to provide lifesaving care to those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It also points out that the EMS system is made up of emergency physicians, emergency nurses, EMTs, paramedics, firefighters, educators, administrators, and others.

Photographed May 6, 2014 at the Lake County Board of County Commissioners. Pictured left to right are: (first four people are community partner in EMS, Lake County Fire Rescue staff):  Chief John Jolliff; Rolando Torres, Firefighter/EMT; Heather Bauchman, Firefighter/Paramedic; Lt. Matt Price. Center: Comm. Welton Cadwell. Lake EMS Staff: Major Charles Johnson; Eric Pence, Paramedic; Thomas “Mikel” Bliffen, EMT; John Simpson, Chief Operations Officer, Jerry Smith II, Executive Director.

Photographed May 6, 2014 at the Lake County Board of County Commissioners. Pictured left to right are: (first four people are community partner in EMS, Lake County Fire Rescue staff): Chief John Jolliff; Rolando Torres, Firefighter/EMT; Heather Bauchman, Firefighter/Paramedic; Lt. Matt Price. Center: Comm. Welton Cadwell. Lake EMS Staff: Major Charles Johnson; Eric Pence, Paramedic; Thomas “Mikel” Bliffen, EMT; John Simpson, Chief Operations Officer, Jerry Smith II, Executive Director.

On hand to receive the EMS Week Proclamation from Commissioner Welton Cadwell and the Board of County Commissioners were Lake EMS personnel: Jerry Smith I, Executive Director; John Simpson, Chief Operations Officer; Thomas “Mikel” Bliffen, EMT; Eric Pence, Paramedic; and Major Charlie Johnson. EMS community partners from Lake County Fire Rescue staff were also present: Chief John Jolliff; Firefighters Rolando Torres, EMT, and Heather Bauchman, Paramedic; and Lt. Matt Price.

Mr. Smith thanked Comm. Cadwell and the Board of County Commissioners for recognizing the work of the entire EMS system with the EMS Week Proclamation. He added his gratitude to the crews for the “fine work that is done in the field every day and the dedication and commitment which is exemplified in this resolution.”

Though the week of May 18-24 is National EMS Week, Lake EMS field crews are wearing t-shirts throughout the month of May emphasizing the EMS Week theme “EMS: Dedicated. For Life.” The logo for the t-shirt was designed by Dustin Sheckler, Lake EMS Communications Supervisor, who won the employee t-shirt design contest.

National EMS Week provides an opportunity to honor the men and women who serve on the front line of pre-hospital emergency medical care—telecommunicators, paramedics, and EMTs. “EMS: Dedicated. For Life.” is this year’s theme for National EMS Week. Lake EMS crews, along with their counterparts in the fire service, operate as a team to live up to the mission of saving lives and providing quality pre-hospital medical care. EMS professionals do not choose this field for big salaries, comfortable working conditions, or 9-to-5 hours. Rather, they are dedicated individuals who work 13- or 24-hour shifts, miss meals and go without sleep to answer a call, and truly care about providing emergency medical care and saving lives.

In FY 2012-2013, Lake EMS field crews responded to 43,332 medical emergency calls as they fulfilled their round-the-clock commitment to Lake County citizens. Patients transported to area hospitals totaled 31,139.

Lake EMS is committed to the development of high quality training programs, the latest technology, innovation in patient care, provider and patient safety, community awareness, injury prevention and development of proactive medical protocols. With these successful tools, EMS providers are equipped to provide Lake County with advanced hands-on personalized patient care.

Lake EMS invites the public to join with them during National EMS Week to thank the dedicated Lake EMS professionals for the critical work they do, and recognize the accomplishments of the men and women who dedicate themselves to improving and saving the lives of the citizens of Lake County.