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May 19, 2014

Hamilton: EMS Week 2014

Jasper — EMS Week celebrates the dedication and self-sacrifice of all EMS workers. The Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners have signed a proclamation declaring the Week of May 18-24, 2014, as Emergency Medical Services Week with the theme, “EMS: Dedicated For Life”, and encourage the community to observe this week with appropriate programs, ceremonies and activities.

Each and every day, Emergency Medical Service departments across the nation respond to thousands of 911 calls. Many times this means EMT’s and paramedics have to go out in weather that most of us would never consider being in. They also willingly place themselves in harm’s way to save a life. As a part of their training, they took an oath to save lives and protect this community.

The history of how EMS originated began in 1974 when President Gerald Ford signed a bill and placed David R. Boyd as head director of the Division of Emergency Medical Service System. That was when Director Boyd convinced President Ford to proclaim a National Emergency Medical Services Week. Gerald Ford has been known as the “Hero” of the EMS story. He was a true believer who supported EMS during difficult political and economic budgetary times.

Hamilton County EMS currently operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are fortunate to have a full time Advanced Life Support System. Our system consists of an operations manager, office manager, 3 shift captains and both full time and part time employees. All of these employees, including volunteers, help operate the ambulances in our county.

Mac Leggett was appointed the operations manager in October, 2013, under the Director of EMS, Henry Land. He brought with him over 30 years of EMS experience. His role as the operations manager has been an asset to every aspect of Hamilton County. He guides and manages the operations of the department with the assistance of the shift captains and office manager.

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