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ACR-87 Emergency Medical Services Week.(2017-2018)

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Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 87
CHAPTER 83

Relative to Emergency Medical Services Week.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  June 13, 2017. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


ACR 87, Rodriguez. Emergency Medical Services Week.
This measure would declare the week of May 21, 2017, to May 27, 2017, inclusive, to be Emergency Medical Services Week in California.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, It is estimated that there are over 840,000 emergency medical services personnel in the United States, including over 80,000 in the State of California; and
WHEREAS, Emergency medical services are a vital public service and the members of emergency medical services teams are ready to provide life-saving care to those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week; and
WHEREAS, The emergency medical service system consists of emergency physicians, emergency nurses, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, firefighters, educators, administrators, and others; and
WHEREAS, The members of emergency medical services teams, whether career or volunteer, engage in thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education to enhance their life-saving skills; and
WHEREAS, Emergency medical service providers are dedicated to saving lives and possess a sense of duty to aid others that is inherent in the profession and that stays with an emergency medical service provider for life; and
WHEREAS, Emergency medical service providers have made significant sacrifices in the course of duty, including the loss of life in service of others; and
WHEREAS, Approximately 25 to 30 million patients nationwide, and over 2 million patients in California, receive emergency medical services each year; and
WHEREAS, Access to quality emergency medical care dramatically improves the survival and recovery rates of those who experience sudden illness or injury; and
WHEREAS, The American College of Emergency Physicians was instrumental in establishing National Emergency Medical Services Week to honor the life-saving efforts of emergency medical services personnel; and
WHEREAS, President Gerald Ford proclaimed the first National Emergency Medical Services Week in November of 1974; and
WHEREAS, This year marks the 43rd anniversary of National Emergency Medical Services Week; and
WHEREAS, The theme of National Emergency Medical Services Week is “EMS STRONG: Always in Service”; and
WHEREAS, It is appropriate to recognize the value and accomplishments of emergency medical services personnel by designating Emergency Medical Services Week in California; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature proclaims the week of May 21, 2017, to May 27, 2017, inclusive, to be Emergency Medical Services Week in California; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.