Woodward Mayor Bill Fanning has signed a proclamation declaring this week Woodward Emergency Service Week.

“The nation’s 750,000 EMS providers are the first point of contact in the health care system for many people having medical emergencies,” said Dr. Brian Keaton, president of American College of Emergency Physicians. “Their extraordinary compassion, courage and expertise at those terrible moments when people need lifesaving care before they even get to the emergency department deserve special recognition.”

Woodward County EMS will be hosting several events this week in honor of EMS Week.

Today at Horace Mann Elementary school at 1:30 p.m. there will be an ambulance orientation and summer safety course provided by Woodward County EMS.

Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the Woodward County EMS staff will be hosting a “Healthy Vitals” event at the Senior Center and will be checking blood pressure, pulse, respiration and blood sugar levels.

Friday there will be an open house from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Woodward County EMS which is located at 1510 Downs Ave. Visitors will be able to view the emergency response trailer, medic quarters, billing office, ambulances and the “baby ambulance.”

Those who visit the open house will be able to pick up a “vial of life” to keep in their homes, an emergency light beacon and there will be other hand-outs for the children who visit.

Woodward County EMS would like to remind the public that always yield to right when pulling over for emergency vehicles.

EMS also suggests that every cell phone carrier put an “ICE” (In Case of Emergency) number in their cell phone so others may know who to contact in an emergency situation. The contact saved as “ICE” in cell phones will be the person contacted in the event that the cell phone carrier can not any calls due to injury.

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