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Emergency Medical Services Week May 15-21
Updated May 17, 2016 6:06 AM
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(UNDATED) - The State of Indiana is recognizing its Emergency Medical Services professionals May 15-21, 2016 during Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week.

EMS Week is a week dedicated to honoring emergency medical services personnel in the U.S.

"EMS professionals see people on some of their most challenging days, and those EMS professionals deserve a special thank you," said Robin Stump, Indiana Department of Homeland Security EMS Education and Training Section Chief. "EMS week is a time for Hoosiers to show their appreciation to the committed medical personnel who serve their local communities on the front-line of medicine."

This year marks the 42nd annual EMS Week. The 2016 theme, "Called to Care," acknowledges the commitment of Hoosiers who have chosen to answer the call of a career that demands purpose, passion and heart.

Also being celebrated this year is the 50th anniversary of a groundbreaking paper titled "Accidental Death and Disability: The Neglected Disease of Modern Society." Released in 1966 by the National Academy of Sciences, the document is widely credited as the creation of modern EMS.

The paper discussed the increasingly high mortality and injury rate among civilians from car accidents. The findings in the paper led to the creation of the first EMS system. In many areas over the last several decades, including portions of Indiana, EMS systems were created by local citizens who saw the need for certified emergency medical responders and ambulance services. Now, 50 years later, the State of Indiana alone has more than 24,300 EMS professionals.



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