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Press Releases / 2006 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 12, 2006


New York City Fire Department Celebrates
National Emergency Medical Services Week May 14-20, 2006

National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, which will be held May 14-20, 2006 is designed to publicly recognize the life-saving work provided by more than 750,000 EMT’s, Paramedics and first responders nationwide.  Locally, the crucial role these individuals perform by providing pre-hospital emergency medical care to the citizens of New York each year and their dedication and commitment is highlighted in this year’s themes, “We Still Make House Calls”.

EMS Week also features special events and forums that seek to educate the public as well as attract potential recruits interested in careers as public service professionals dedicated to saving lives and helping others.

Over 1.3 million times a year in New York City (or, about 3,000 times a day), whenever lives are at stake, Paramedics, EMT’s and First Responders provide urgently needed medical care to residents and visitors in New York City.  Often, the training and skills of our EMS professionals mean the difference between life and death.
This week we salute the members of the New York City Fire Department’s EMS Command and extend our appreciation to them for their commitment to outstanding pre-hospital care. 

The following is a list of upcoming events:

  • Friday, May 12th at 4 p.m. – Ringing of the Closing Bell - New York Stock Exchange.   Chief of EMS Command John Peruggia and other members of the EMS Command ring the closing bell.  Photo Op
  • Tuesday, May 16h at 8 a.m. - The 6th Annual Paramedic/EMT Competition.  This exciting event challenges EMTs and Paramedics as they put their skills to the test for a chance to represent the NYC Fire Department at the National EMS Competition in Orlando Florida later this year. This practical skills competition will be held at the Metrotech Commons, 9 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn.  Photo Op
  • Wednesday, May 17th at 10:30 a.m. - EMS Medal Day.  EMS Medal Day recognizes the best of “The Best.” This event honors FDNY EMT’s and Paramedics who have gone above and beyond in the performance of their life-saving duties with the presentation of EMS Medals by the Fire Commissioner. The Medal presentation ceremony will be held at the FDNY Headquarters Auditorium, 9 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn.  Photo Op
  • Wednesday, May 17th at 11:00 a.m. – State EMS Memorial Dedication Ceremony.  State Legislators along with representatives from Statewide EMS systems will gather in Empire State Plaza at the New York State EMS Memorial to honor EMS Lt. Brendan Pearson.
  • Thursday, May 18th at 10 a.m. The 12th Annual Second Chance Brunch.  This event reunites victims of sudden cardiac arrest with their rescuers. Once again, this year's brunch will be held at the Chase Metrotech Cafe, 4 Chase Metrotech Center, 2nd Floor in Downtown Brooklyn.
  • Friday, May 19th - All day – Station Appreciation Day.   The Station Commanding Officers conduct various Station based events to honor their members and provide an outreach to the communities they serve.
  • Sunday, May 21st at 12:30 p.m. – EMS Memorial Bike Ridge.   EMS Bike Team will be cycling 500 miles to Roanoke, Virginia for the National EMS Memorial Service to honor EMS Lt. Brendan Pearson who made the supreme sacrifice during 2005.  This year the team will be making a stop at EMS Station 23 in honor of Lt. Brendan Pearson before heading to Roanoke.  Photo Op


Press Contact: Francis X. Gribbon / Seth Andrews, FDNY (718) 999-2056

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