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Latest News: EMS Week, Stronger Together

Columbia, MD- Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services (HCDFRS) is gearing up for National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week which begins on May 20. EMS Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine's "front line." The year’s national theme is “EMS Strong, Stronger Together,” with daily themes such as: education, EMS for children, and CPR/Stop the Bleed awareness.       

“Our EMS providers are on the front line every day, caring and providing a sense of relief and security to those who have found themselves in emergencies,” said Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman. “This week provides us with an opportunity to thank them for answering the call to care in Howard County.”

HCDFRS also recently announced the opening of the application period for the newest Trainee Class (TC31). The application period for TC31 will open soon, and the department is highly encouraging currently functioning Firefighter Paramedics and experienced fire service personnel to apply for consideration.

“Our emergency medical technicians and paramedics, are increasingly spending more time on EMS incidents, aside from other responsibilities during the work period,” said Fire Chief John S. Butler. “One way to show appreciation during EMS Week is to hire additional responders who can bring some relief to the growing call volume in some areas of the County.”

HCDFRS has a national reputation for EMS excellence and is continually researching and implementing innovative protocols to improve patient outcomes through advanced pre-hospital emergency medical care. As hosts of the Maryland Resuscitation Academy, HCDFRS shares experiences and encourages other communities to adopt international best practices to improve survivability in out-of-hospital cardiac arrests. Last year, HCDFRS was honored with the American Heart Association’s “Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Award,” the first department in Maryland to receive this award. Only 1% of agencies in the country have received “Gold Plus” status.

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