St. Johns County Recognized May 19 – 25, 2024 as Emergency Medical Services Week

At the May 21, 2024, St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting, Commissioner Christian Whitehurst, District 1 issued a proclamation recognizing May 19 – 25, 2024 as Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week. Representatives from St. Johns County Fire Rescue attended the meeting to receive the proclamation.

EMS are a vital public service, with members of EMS teams ready to provide lifesaving care to those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Access to quality emergency care dramatically improves the survival and recovery rate of those who experience sudden illness or injury. EMS has grown to fill a gap by providing important out-of-hospital care, including preventative medicine, follow-up care, and access to telemedicine.

The EMS system consists of first responders, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, emergency medical dispatchers, firefighters, police officers, educators, administrators, pre-hospital nurses, emergency nurses, emergency physicians, trained members of the public, and other out-of-hospital medical care providers. Members of EMS teams, whether career or volunteer, engage in thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education to enhance their lifesaving skills.

Emergency medical personnel respond to a wide variety of medical emergencies, providing lifesaving medical care and support. They also offer invaluable comfort to those who are suffering and a sense of security to the residents and visitors of St. Johns County.

Last year, over 55 individuals attended and completed paramedic training, and this month, 14 graduated from the Critical Care Paramedic Program in Gainesville. Let’s celebrate their achievements and support their ongoing efforts!

Learn more about St. Johns County Fire Rescue.