Rudolph W. Giuliani
With exceptional skill and professionalism,
the nearly 3000 Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians
who make up the Emergency Medical Service Command
courageously serve their fellow New Yorkers and millions
of visitors every year.
EMS Command continues
to seek out and employ the most advanced technology
available to provide the highest level of emergency
care. The addition of state-of-the-art defibrillators,
LifePak 12, and the introduction of the asthma drug,
Albuterol--now carried on all BLS ambulances--have
enhanced the sophistication and readiness of EMS.
With the opening of nine new EMS stations and a constant
drive to reduce response times even further, EMS remains
committed to excellence and is well-prepared to meet
the challenges of the next millennium.
The City of New York
is proud of the fine work that EMS has done. We are
equally proud of the courageous men and women who
have set an example for their peers and inspired the
Command to reach even higher levels of performance.
Those members being honored today--indeed, all EMS
personnel--have earned our deepest gratitude.