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Emergency Medical Services Week Begins May 19
May 19 kicks off Emergency Medical Services Week in Tempe. The purpose of Emergency Medical Services Week is to bring together the community and medical personnel to promote safety and acknowledge the dedication of those individuals who provide day-to-day lifesaving services.
To promote Emergency Medical Services Week, there will be an open house on May 18 at Fire Station 273, 5440 S. McClintock Drive from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Residents can tour the fire station, see demonstrations of medical and fire equipment, receive hands only CPR instruction, get blood pressure checks and ask questions about the Tempe Fire Department.
“Staffing and technology are integral in emergency response,” said Darrell Duty, Deputy Chief of Medical Services. “The open house allows for the public to see first-hand the life-saving equipment that the Tempe Fire Department uses on a daily basis.”
In 2012, there were 17,420 emergency medical calls with an average of more than 48 calls per day. That’s almost 50 people who felt dizzy while mowing the lawn on a hot day, cutting themselves in the kitchen or falling out of a tree while trimming it.
For more information about the open house, visit www.tempe.gov/fire
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Contact: Sue Taaffe
Public Information Officer