Pittsburgh Emergency Medical Services is recognizing the 34th National Emergency Medical Services Week May 20-26 with a number of events through the week that will include EMS station open houses, a display of equipment in the first floor of the City County Building and ceremonies on Thursday, May 24th in City Council Chambers. The 10:00 A.M. event included the swearing in of recently promoted personnel as well as recognition award presentations to veteran paramedics whose actions were heroic or of great significance. Mayor Luke Ravenstahl officiated along with EMS Chief Robert McCaughan and Medical Director Dr. Ronald Roth. City Council members were present along with paramedics family members who showed their support.
"Pittsburgh's Paramedics are known across the nation as leaders in innovation and cutting edge patient care. To be able to recognize them as individuals and as key public safety professionals is one of the greatest parts of being Mayor," said Ravenstahl. "Their goal to increase the awareness of public safety programs through community open houses is an essential part of my neighborhoods first agenda."
The theme this year is Pittsburgh EMS - Much More Than An Ambulance Service. "Unless they have an emergency, most peoples contact with EMS is on the street, where ambulance sirens blare and red lights flash as they rush by," said Chief McCaughan. "Others may see us as representing some horrific thing that has happened to their loved one. We are indeed much more than an ambulance service, and the services we provide include preventative measures, community outreach and education in addition to life saving care. I believe it is important for the public to know that we are members of the community and for them to better understand how we can serve them."
The paramedics held an open house at some of the EMS stations to better acquaint the public with the services they provide. Open Houses included an ambulance, rescue truck, EMS motorcycle and EMS bicycle. Paramedics were present to provide child safety seat information. Free blood pressure and glucose checks were offered and informational brochures on accident prevention, stroke awareness and how to become a Pittsburgh Paramedic were made available.
The National EMS Week events will culminate with a memorial service in Roanoke, Virginia on May 26th during which EMS professionals from around the nation will attend to honor those who died in the line of duty. The Pittsburgh EMS Honor Guard will, as they have in the past, play a lead role in the opening ceremonies. This precision unit has been requested by many emergency services to lead their ceremonies in the past.
To learn more about Pittsburgh EMS and take a visual tour of the system, visit us on the Web at http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/ems/
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2626 | facsimile: 412-255-2687