Measure Would Designate May 15-21, 2011 as “Emergency Medical Services Week”

TRENTON, NJ - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Republican Whip Dave Rible, which designates May 15 through Mary 21, 2011 as “Emergency Medical Services Week,” has been approved by the New Jersey Senate and General Assembly.

“Emergency medical service professionals not only save lives, but they selflessly risk their own well-being in order to assist those in need,” said Rible. “It is important for the Legislature to designate a week in order to call attention to the dedication and tireless efforts of these heroic men and women.”

Whether they are career or volunteer, emergency medical services professionals partake in thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education to improve their skills. In addition, emergency medical services professionals generously give their time to travel considerable distances in order to provide medical assistance.

“Emergency medical service professionals provide immediate quality medical care which significantly improves the survival and recovery rate for those they treat,” said Rible. “New Jersey residents are fortunate to have trained professionals available in case of medical emergencies and should take time to acknowledge and commend their noble work.”

The legislation, SCR-67, now heads to Governor Chris Christie for his signature.