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Orange County Fire Rescue Recognizes National EMS Week

ORLANDO, Fla. – May 16, 2016 – Today, Orange County Fire Rescue kicks off National EMS Week. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Called to Care.”

National EMS Week is a nationally-recognized opportunity to award and commend paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs). This year, Orange County Fire Rescue is recognizing crew members with certificates and commendation bars to thank them for their service in the high-demand industry.

“Each year we try and come up with new ways to commend our paramedics and EMTs,” said Assistant Chief of EMS James Bates. “This year, we have selected crews who demonstrated outstanding performance during our top 10 EMS calls. We also look forward to hosting meet and greet events with members of our community.”

Orange County Fire Rescue responds to nearly 81,000 EMS calls annually with an average of 163 daily transports.

“We always look forward to National EMS Week and the opportunity to bring to light exceptional calls our paramedics and EMTs have experienced,” said Fire Chief Otto Drozd III. “We greatly appreciate the support from our partners who participate in recognizing National EMS Week by providing lunch to the crews or by simply saying thank you.”

The three most prestigious awards presented during National EMS Week are Paramedic of the Year, EMT of the Year and the Iron Medic. All three awards are carefully selected based upon extraordinary individual efforts. The Iron Medic is an award presented to the paramedic who has completed the most transports within the calendar year.

National EMS Week begins May 15 and concludes May 21, 2016.

About Orange County Fire Rescue
Orange County Fire Rescue is the largest fire and rescue department in Central Florida. It serves more than 990,000 citizens and visitors and responds to nearly 115,000 calls for service annually. The mission of the Orange County Fire and Rescue Department is to provide fire suppression, emergency medical and community risk reduction services to ensure our community can enjoy a high quality life and property protection delivered with compassion and integrity. Follow us on Twitter at @OCFireRescue.