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Sunday May 19, 2013 marked the beginning of National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week and presents an opportunity to honor the men and women who deliver pre-hospital 9-1-1 emergency medical care throughout the United States. This vital public safety service is provided primarily by cross-trained, multi-role emergency responders who are based in our nation’s fire departments. 

According to Coppell Fire Chief Kevin Richardson, “the fire service has a rich history of protecting the health and safety of our communities through an ‘all hazards’ response model that includes the delivery of pre-hospital emergency medical care.” Fire service-based EMS providers are located, trained, and equipped to provide virtually every community with timely pre-hospital 9-1-1 emergency medical response and patient care. Every day, dual role firefighter/EMTs and firefighter/paramedics respond quickly, professionally and compassionately to medical emergencies in communities across the country. 

The City of Coppell recognizes the life-saving contributions and achievements, as well as the dedication and commitment of those who serve in fire service-based EMS systems. National EMS Week is a time to pause and say “thank you” to the entire EMS Community, including firefighter/EMTs and firefighter/paramedics — our nation’s ‘all hazards’ response professionals. The Coppell Fire Department is inviting the community to celebrate with them by stopping by any of the 3 Fire Stations for a visit and tour. Groups can be scheduled by calling Fire Administration at 972-304-3512.

Information provided by the City of Coppell