PORTLAND FIRE DEPARTMENT RECOGNIZES 43rd NATIONAL EMS WEEK - “MAY 21ST – 27TH 2017
“Fire departments throughout America reflect this year’s EMS Week theme of ‘Always in Service’ by responding to those in need of emergency medical care,” said Acting U.S. Fire Administrator Dr. Denis Onieal. “USFA appreciates these efforts of the American fire service.”
On any given day, EMS practitioners help save lives by responding to medical emergencies, including heart attack, difficulty breathing, a fall or accident, drowning, cardiac arrest, stroke, drug overdose or acute illness. EMS may provide both basic and advanced medical care at the scene of an emergency and en route to a hospital. EMS practitioners care for their patients’ medical needs and show caring and compassion to their patients in their most difficult moments.
The Portland Fire Department responded to 12,122 EMS calls last year alone. Emergency medicine is a significant percentage of what the Department does on a daily basis.
In recognition of All Department EMS Providers during National EMS week, the Department will be offering a breakfast buffet at Central Station from 8:30 - 10:00 AM for all four shifts.