Virginia Beach, Va. – Governor Bob McDonnell has proclaimed May 19-25 EMS Week in Virginia, celebrating emergency medical services responders’ heroic efforts and commitment to saving lives.
During this week, the Virginia Beach Department of Emergency Medical Services recognizes the dedication of more than 1,200 EMS members, as well as first responders in the city’s Fire and Police Departments.
The EMS Department also will hold its annual EMS Awards and Recognition Program.
Nominations in several categories are peer-reviewed and the selected recipients will be revealed during the program.
Virginia Beach EMS is the largest volunteer-based third-service agency of its kind in the country. In 2012, VBEMS responded to more than 40,000 calls for service, and the volunteers saved taxpayers more than $8.2 million.