The FDNY Foundation marked National EMS Week, an annual opportunity for the FDNY and organizations across the country to recognize the pre-hospital care professionals within their organizations.
“We are so proud of our EMS members and are glad to have an opportunity to put a spotlight on the work they do,” said FDNY Foundation Chairman Stephen Ruzow. “They are doing life-saving work 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
This was the 40th anniversary of National EMS Week, which ran from May 18-24.
“EMS Week is a great opportunity for the department and the public to recognize the important work of our EMTs and paramedics,” said FDNY Foundation Executive Director Jean O’Shea. “And we were privileged to host many first responders, including EMS personnel at our annual Medical Special Operations Conference at our Randall’s Island facility earlier this week.”
More than three thousand EMTs and paramedics make up the Bureau of Emergency Medical Service, or FDNY EMS.
FDNY EMS was created in 1996 when the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation merged with the FDNY, and is now the nation’s largest municipal EMS agency. FDNY EMS responds to more than 1.4 million calls every year.