In honor of Emergency Medical Services Week, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation paid tribute to Life EMS Ambulance for their dedicated service to the West Michigan community. The commemoration took place Wednesday, May 22, at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.
In 1974, President Gerald R. Ford signed a proclamation observing the work of the nation’s Emergency Medical Services and to raise awareness of the increased need for EMS services.
During the commemoration ceremony, Joseph Calvaruso, executive director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, presented a framed copy of the original 1974 proclamation to members of Life EMS Ambulance.
“Today we want to honor those who answer the call when an emergency arises. We thank all the associates of Life EMS Ambulance and all EMS providers for serving on the frontlines protecting those who live and visit West Michigan,” said Calvaruso. “President Ford was a champion for those who serve to protect the lives others, including fire, police, and our EMS and first responders.”
In 2018, Life EMS Ambulance answered over 80,000 requests for emergency medical services. Life EMS Ambulance has over 400 licensed emergency medical technicians and paramedics. Additionally, Life EMS Ambulance associates have participated in 5,000 hours of hands on continuing education course work and 12,000 hours of online education. Over the past year, the Life EMS Ambulance Education Centre has provided courses, such as CPR, to over 10,000 individuals.
EMS Week falls on the third week of May after having been moved from November to provide distinction between EMS and Fire Prevention week.
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