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Awards Highlight Important Role of EMS First Responders During EMS Week

Published: 5/22/2015

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Colleen Pillus

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro and the Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response join in recognizing the efforts of the EMS providers in Dutchess County as part of National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week (May 17-23, 2015), an annual recognition spearheaded by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. This year’s theme is “EMS Strong” in recognition of the daily efforts of EMS providers across the nation. EMS is the coordinated system that provides emergency medical care and brings it directly to individuals.

“Whether career or volunteer, Dutchess County is blessed with some of the finest EMS providers in our state.  EMS Strong is what draws our providers into this profession; it is what empowers them to fill this important role for our community. We are grateful for their efforts every day,” said County Executive Molinaro.

Local agencies, area hospitals and others have been recognizing the importance of EMS in a variety of ways this week.  Several agencies, including the Dutchess County EMS Council and the Hudson Valley Regional EMS Council, announced special recognitions for EMS providers and their partners, including awards to be presented to Dutchess County Government departments and employees.

Dutchess County 911 Public Safety Dispatcher Michael Macak has been honored as EMS Communications Specialist of the Year from the Dutchess County EMS Council.  Michael is well known by the EMS Community and is being recognized for his continued dedication, professional behavior and support of EMS.

The Dutchess County Departments of Health and Emergency Response are being honored for Excellence in EMS Quality and Safety. This award is in recognition of these two departments’ efforts for EMS during the Ebola response efforts of 2014. The award details significant contributions that focus on the delivery of EMS in the community. These departments led the effort to develop an Ebola response plan that has been recognized across our region as a best practice. The significant safety and educational plan focused on patient, responder and community safety.

Dutchess County Commissioner of Emergency Response Dana Smith said, “Dutchess County has a strong, collaborative relationship with our local EMS providers, working together with them to serve the residents of Dutchess County.   We appreciate their work and dedication all throughout the year, and are happy to highlight that great work during EMS Week.”