National EMS Week Kicks Off in Boston
Emergency Medical Services hosting weeklong events to honor EMS providers and promote health and safety education
BOSTON - May 13, 2016 - Next week, the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) and Boston Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will be recognizing the 42nd Annual National EMS Week in Boston by hosting a series of events designed to celebrate the dedication of EMTs and paramedics. On Saturday, May 14, 2016, Mayor Martin J. Walsh will join Boston EMS Chief James Hooley and more than 100 first responder cyclists at the Massachusetts State House to officially kick off EMS Week with the National EMS Week Memorial Bike Ride Opening Ceremony.
"The men and women at EMS, who are out there every day saving lives, offer some of the best pre-hospital care in the country," said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "They are an invaluable part of our first response triad here in Boston, and the EMS Memorial Bike Ride and EMS Week are two great ways to recognize their service to our city, its residents, and our visitors."
National EMS Week officially takes place from May 15th through May 21st. The EMS Memorial Bike Ride opening ceremony marks the beginning of EMS week festivities in Boston. At 8:30 AM, Mayor Walsh and EMS Chief Hooley will deliver joint remarks on the steps of the State House before EMS supporters and the riders. From there, the cyclists will then head to Arlington, Virginia for the National EMS Memorial Service, which honors fallen EMS providers who have died in the line of duty. This year, Boston EMS Memorial Bike Ride participants will be joined by Canadian first responders who have biked to Boston from Ottawa to raise awareness for mental illness. Follow their progress with Boston EMS participants at #C2C4PTSD, #EMSweekBOS, and #EMSWeek2016.
Other celebrations during Boston EMS Week include: