For the 42nd annual National EMS Week, medical personnel in Loudon County have planned celebrations to honor EMTs, paramedics and first responders who help keep the community safe. EMS Week is celebrated across the country on May 17-23, and this year’s theme is “EMS Strong.”

“Our EMTs and paramedics at Priority Ambulance, along with our partners’ first responder agencies, work around the clock to ensure when residents call 9-1-1 in an emergency, help is immediately on the way,” Loudon County EMS Director Travis Estes said. “We are proud to stand ready to help Loudon County citizens when they need it most, and this week, we celebrate the men and women who make sure it happens.”

On Wednesday, May 20, Steekee Elementary School hosted a community helpers’ day for emergency medical services workers. Lunch was provided for EMS personnel and first responders by New Providence Baptist Church.

On Friday, May 22, Fort Loudoun Medical Center will provide breakfast from 7-9 a.m. for all on-duty and off-duty EMTs and paramedics who partner with the emergency department to thank them for their service to the community and to the medical center. The Loudon County E-911 Center also prepared and presented local EMTs and paramedics with a gift basket.

“We are grateful for the outpouring of support we have received from the Loudon County community this week,” Estes said. “At Priority Ambulance, we believe our community is our priority, and we are honored to be able to protect the health and safety of the citizens of our county.”

National EMS Week was established in 1974 by the American College of Emergency Physicians to show its appreciation for those who provide safe and efficient pre-hospital care in emergencies. This year’s theme of “EMS Strong” seeks to celebrate, unify and inspire emergency medical services personnel.

About Priority Ambulance:

Based in Knoxville, Tenn., Priority Ambulance provides the highest level of clinical excellence in emergency and nonemergency medical care to the communities it serves. Throughout its national service area, more than 600 highly trained paramedics, EMTs and telecommunicators staff approximately 100 state-of-the-art ambulances with the latest medical equipment and technology.

Priority Ambulance provides emergency and nonemergency medical transport options to communities in Tennessee, Alabama, New York, Pennsylvania and Indiana. Operating as Priority Ambulance, the company serves Knox, Loudon and Blount counties in East Tennessee. Priority Ambulance operates as Kunkel Ambulance in Utica, N.Y.; as Trans Am Ambulance in Olean, N.Y.; as Shoals Ambulance in Alabama; and as Seals Ambulance in the Greater Indianapolis area.

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