TAVARES — National EMS Week provides an opportunity to honor the men and women who serve on the front line of pre-hospital emergency medical care—telecommunicators, paramedics and emergency medical technicians. “EMS: One Mission … One Team” is this year’s theme. As part of National EMS Week, the Lake County Board of County Commissioners will recognize the contribution of EMS professionals by issuing a proclamation which will be presented at the regular Board meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 21 in the Board Chambers of the Lake County Administration Building, 315 W. Main St., Tavares.
Lake Emergency Medical Services, Inc., along with EMS agencies across the country, will recognize the exceptional role that EMS professionals play in Lake County. The Lake EMS mission is to provide personalized and professional pre-hospital emergency medical care to the community. Lake EMS staff, along with their counterparts in the fire service, operate as a team to live up to the mission of saving lives and providing quality pre-hospital medical care.
“EMS professionals do not choose this field for big salaries, comfortable working conditions, or 9-to-5 hours,” said Jerry Smith, interim executive director of Lake EMS. “They have a true calling to help and care for others in their hour of need.”
Lake EMS employees are always ready to respond to community needs and deliver superior pre-hospital medical care. When a citizen dials 9-1-1 with a medical or fire emergency in Lake County, they are immediately connected to the Lake EMS Communications Center at the new Emergency Communications and Operations Center in Tavares.
In 2012, Communications Center staff answered more than 132,000 incoming calls and processed almost 57,000 incidents. Lake EMS field crews responded to nearly 43,000 medical emergency calls as they fulfilled their round-the-clock commitment to Lake County citizens. More than 31,000 patients were transported to area hospitals as a result.