National EMS Week

(Dobson, N.C.) – Surry County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and 911 Center employees are being honored during the week of May 16 through 22 as part of National EMS Week. Staff will be recognized in a proclamation read by the Surry Board of County Commissioners at the Board’s regular meeting on Monday, May 17 at 6 p.m. in the Board Room of the Historic Courthouse, located at 114 W. Atkins St. in Dobson. EMS employees who have made life saves will also be recognized at the meeting.

In 2020, Surry County EMS employees responded to 22,633 calls for service and Quick Response Units answered 3,927 calls in their response areas with numerous lifesaving interventions. That large workload was handled by a Surry County staff of approximately 100 EMS and 27 Emergency Call Center employees.

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), in partnership with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), have announced the EMS Week 2021 theme is “This is EMS: Caring for Our Communities.” The annual campaign recognizes the heroes who provide emergency medical services in communities across the country.

“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to test EMS professionals like never before,” said Mark Rosenberg, DO, MBA, FACEP, president of ACEP. “EMTs, paramedics and other frontline workers are rising to the challenge, and each has a crucial role in responding to the public health crisis of our lifetime. National EMS Week is a time to recognize and honor EMS professionals for their tireless dedication to their communities—not just during this pandemic but every day.”

David Speight, Interim Emergency Services Director said: “Surry County EMS employees answer the call of duty every day to provide lifesaving and medical transport services to citizens. Many of our employees love their jobs and view it as their calling, because they want to make a difference in the lives of their friends and neighbors. I’m thankful that the Surry Board of County Commissioners is honoring our hard-working staff and am humbled by their appreciation.”

Nick Brown, Surry County 911 Center Director, said: “Our 911 Center telecommunicators work in a difficult field to provide needed services to the community. We assist with lifesaving and life improvement efforts as we hand off duties to EMS, fire, police and hospital employees in Surry County. Our role is critical in providing help and accurate information in a timely fashion. Our staff is grateful to be honored for their hard work.”

Date: May 12, 2021