Cleveland Association of Rescue Workers Celebrates National EMS Week
The Cleveland Association of Rescue Employees, ILA Local 1975 (CARE) is pleased to announce the commencement of the 44th Annual National Emergency Medical Services Week, held May 20-26, 2018.
EMS Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine's "front line."
Held each year in May, the annual event was first inaugurated in 1974 by President Gerald Ford to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important pre-hospital work they do in our nation's communities.
“In 2017, Cleveland EMS received and responded to over 100,000 calls while transporting over 75,000 patients to area hospitals,” stated CARE President Paul Melhuish, “From the simplest and most innocuous call to the most tragic and horrendous which anyone could even imagine, the men and women of the Division of EMS have seen it all.”
CARE, along with its partners in Cleveland EMS, MetroHealth Medical Center, the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals, will be celebrating and honoring the extraordinary work provided by those who work in EMS throughout the week.
The celebration will culminate at the annual Cleveland EMS Recognition Ceremony at City Council Chambers on Friday, May 25 at 11:30 a.m. Awards will be presented in recognition of life-saving actions performed over the past year to over 40 individuals of Cleveland EMS. Members of the public are encouraged to attend and celebrate National EMS Week to thank them for the work they do.
“Their dedication and loyalty is unwavering,” stated Melhuish. “These men and women have sworn an oath to help the citizens and guests of the City of Cleveland which cannot be matched.”
National EMS Week is sponsored by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).
- The City of Cleveland, Division of EMS utilizes 25 Advanced Life Support ambulances – operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the City of Cleveland.
- The Cleveland Association of Rescue Employees, I.L.A. Local 1975 is the non-profit labor organization which represents the approximate 300 Paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians and Emergency Medical Dispatchers of the Division of EMS.