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May 19, 2010

Poonam Alaigh, MD, MSHCPM, FACP

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DHSS recognizes New Jersey’s Emergency Responders As part of Emergency Medical Services Week --May 16 through May 22—


In recognition of National EMS Week (May 16-22), New Jersey Health and Senior Services Commissioner Dr. Poonam Alaigh thanked the thousands of EMS providers throughout the state for the services they provide to the protect the health and safety of state residents.


The week is sponsored by the American College of Emergency Physicians as an opportunity to educate the public and raise awareness about the critical role played by first responders around the country. The nationwide theme of the week is “EMS. Anytime. Anywhere. We’ll Be There.”


New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has issued a proclamation, declaring the week of May 16-22 “Emergency Medical Services Week” in New Jersey.


New Jersey’s Emergency Medical Services professionals are among the finest in the nation and it is appropriate to take this week to honor their dedication, skill and commitment to responding to our resident’s needs 24 hours a day,” said Dr. Alaigh. “New Jersey has thousands of talented and dedicated EMS providers and it is fitting that we are recognizing their valiant service during National Emergency Medical Services Week.”


A single day during the week – May 19 – will be dedicated as EMS for Children Day, encouraging everyone to be child safety and injury prevention advocates for children.


The National EMS Memorial Bike Ride also begins this week to recognize those EMS professionals who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The ride began on May 15 and will conclude on May 22. It has three starting points (Vermont, Maine and Kentucky) with one end point in Washington, D.C. The ride is scheduled to go through New Jersey on May 18.


The New Jersey Office of Emergency Medical Services was formed in 1967 and is one of the oldest such offices in the country.


New Jersey has more than 25,000 certified Emergency Medical Technicians staffing licensed and volunteer ambulance services in the state. In addition, New Jersey has more than 1,600 certified paramedics who staff Mobile Intensive Care Unites and respond to the most critically injured patients. Last year, paramedics were dispatched to more than 400,000 calls in New Jersey.


For more information on New Jersey’s Office of Emergency Management, visit

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