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Posted on: May 22, 2023

May 21-27, 2023 Celebrated as Emergency Medical Services Week in Livingston County


GENESEO, N.Y., May 22, 2023 – During the week of May 21-27, 2023, Livingston County will celebrate the importance, expertise and dedication of its frontline emergency staff during Emergency Medical Services Week.

First celebrated in 1974, Emergency Medical Services Week recognizes EMC practitioners who provide emergency medical attention and countless hours to save lives and minimize the effects of injuries and illness throughout their respective communities.

“The important role that first responders have within Livingston County and beyond cannot be overstated,” said David L. LeFeber, Chair of the Livingston County Board of Supervisors.  “Emergency Medical personnel provide critical care and life support in dire situations, which can often be the difference between life and death.  Their commitment to safeguarding our communities is greatly appreciated.”   

According to a 2020 assessment commissioned by the National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials, more than 18,200 local EMS agencies utilized nearly 74,000 ground vehicles including fire engines and ambulances to respond to 28.5 million 911 dispatches.  Additionally, the assessment pointed to the fact that there are currently more than 1.03 million licensed EMTs, paramedics and other levels of patient care capability in the United States.  

In Livingston County, EMS is provided by integrating nine transporting ambulance services, 10 fire department first response agencies, four Advanced Life Support services, SUNY Geneseo First Response Agency and three air medical agencies.

The Department of EMS coordinates efforts to enhance and improve the recruitment of EMS volunteers in concert with individual EMS agency recruitment programs. The Department of EMS works closely with the Livingston County 911 Center, the Livingston County Office of Emergency Management and the Livingston County Department of Health to effectively and efficiently provide an integrated EMS system encompassing law enforcement, dispatch and fire services. 

The Department of EMS plays an integral role in the ongoing development and improvement of the education and delivery of EMS services as part of the Monroe-Livingston Regional EMS Council.

“Our staff is working day and night throughout the County to make sure that residents have access to the highest levels of emergency care should they ever need it,” said Karen Dewar, Director of Livingston County EMS.  “EMS staff is continually seeking educational and training opportunities to maintain certifications and stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in technology and care techniques. I’m proud of their commitment to our communities.”

Livingston County Emergency Medical Services’ staff are among the finest in the state as they are routinely recognized for their expertise and dedication within their respective fields on regional and national levels.   

Learn more about the various medical services, job opportunities and other pertinent information by visiting the Livingston County Emergency Medical Services’ website.  

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About Livingston County:

Founded in 1821, Livingston County, N.Y., is comprised of more than 61,000 residents in 17 towns located across 631 square miles of the Finger Lakes region. 

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