Milford supervisors declare August Emergency Medical Services Month

Milford. “Ready Today, Preparing for Tomorrow”: During a very tough time for local first responders, supervisors express their appreciation for the devoted, lifesaving volunteers.

29 Jul 2020 | 03:26

Milford Township’s board of supervisors adopted a proclamation celebrating each Milford EMS volunteer and declaring August 2020 as Emergency Medical Services Month.

EMS Milford Strong’s motto is “Ready Today, Preparing for Tomorrow.”

Supervisor Rachel Hendricks, Vice-Chair Gary Williams, and Chair Penney Luhrs signed the proclamation, which honors the emergency medical services system that consists of first responders, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, medical dispatchers, firefighters, police officers, nurses, physicians, trained members of the public and other out-of-hospital medical care providers.

Each volunteer will receive a certificate of appreciation and a Milford Strong T-shirt. The marquee sign in front of the township building will be changed for the month of August to express appreciation for Milford’s first responders.

Rachel Hendricks and Penney Luhrs will pay for the items by giving back their supervisor’s pay for August.

Last week the Courier published a letter from the Milford Township Supervisors calling attention to the dire situation the Milford Fire Department and Ambulance Company is in because of the lack of volunteers and other resources, especially since the Covid-19 pandemic. “To be frank and blunt, there are simply not enough trained volunteers available to meet the need here anymore, and lives are at stake,” they wrote. For their full letter, please visit pikecountycourier.com.

EMS Month Proclamation to designate the Month of August, 2020, as Emergency Medical Services Month
WHEREAS, emergency medical service is a vital public service; and
WHEREAS, the members of emergency medical services teams are ready to provide lifesaving care to those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week; and
WHEREAS, access to quality emergency care dramatically improves the survival and recovery rate of those who experience sudden illness or injury; and
WHEREAS, the emergency medical services system consists of first responders, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, emergency medical dispatchers, firefighters, police officers, emergency nurses, emergency physicians, trained members of the public, and other out of hospital medical care providers; and
WHEREAS, the members of emergency medical services teams, whether career or volunteer, engage in thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education to enhance their lifesaving skills; and
WHEREAS, it is appropriate to recognize the value and the accomplishments of emergency medical services providers by designating Emergency Medical Services Month;
Now THEREFORE, we The Milford Township Board of Supervisors in recognition of this event do hereby proclaim the month of August, 2020, as EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES MONTH with the theme, EMS Strong: Ready Today. Preparing For Tomorrow, we encourage the community to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies and activities, creatively done in accordance with the Governor’s Pandemic Emergency Management directives and guidance.