Eastside Fire & Rescue, King County mark National EMS Week

May 29, 2012

By Staff

Eastside Fire & Rescue and King County officials marked May 20-26 as Emergency Medical Services Week.

National Emergency Medical Services Week is commemorated to publicize safety and honor the responders on the front lines of emergency medical care.

In a joint proclamation, King County Council members and King County Executive Dow Constantine honored the people and partnerships among 30 fire departments, six paramedic providers, five EMS dispatch centers and 19 hospitals in Medic One.

Introduced in 1970, King County Emergency Medical Services is a model nationwide for delivery of life-saving emergency responder services.

The proclamation highlights the cardiac arrest survival rate in King County. The figure recently reached the 50-percent mark — the best in the world. In comparison, the survival rate in Los Angeles is 7 percent, New York City is 5 percent and Chicago is 3 percent.

The cardiac arrest survival success is due in large part to the work of emergency responders, plus training to local citizens in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the availability of automated external defibrillators.

EFR — formed in 1999 and headquartered in Issaquah — serves Issaquah, North Bend, Sammamish, and fire protection districts 10 and 38.

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