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Board of County Commissioners Proclaim EMS Week in Collier County

Post Date:05/14/2019 4:30 PM

Board of County Commissioners Proclaim
EMS Week in Collier County

Sunday, May 19 to Saturday, May 25, 2019

In recognition of the selfless dedication of emergency medical professionals serving in a variety of roles, the Collier County Board of County Commissioners has proclaimed May 19 through May 25, as Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week in Collier County.

Collier County EMS provides emergency medical services for the cities of Naples, Marco Island, and Everglades, as well as all unincorporated areas including North Naples, East Naples, Golden Gate, Big Corkscrew and Immokalee. EMS paramedics must rapidly assess, manage and effectively provide care in unpredictable situations that may require putting themselves in danger.

In 2018, Collier County EMS ran 42,600 9-1-1 calls and transported 29,300 patients to the hospital. In the first quarter of 2019, Collier County EMS responded to 69 cardiac arrests and had a 30 percent save rate. That is significantly more than the 10 percent national survival rate.

Collier County EMS operates 26 ambulances and one helicopter, covering more than 2,000 square miles of Collier County. The ambulance service is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services and our MedFlight helicopter is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems.

“Collier County EMS is committed to bringing compassionate, timely life-saving emergency medical care to Collier County residents and visitors, making our community a safer and healthier place to live and visit,” said Tabatha Butcher, chief of Collier County EMS. “We strive to continuously improve the EMS system with the changing needs of our community. We thank the commissioners for honoring the work that we do and for recognizing this special week that highlights EMS services.”

For more information, call Communication and Customer Relations Director Mike Sheffield, at (239) 252-8383.

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