Bill Text: CA ACR175 | 2021-2022 | Regular Session | Introduced

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Bill Title: Emergency Medical Services Week.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 54-20-1)

Status: (Passed) 2022-06-08 - Chaptered by Secretary of State - Res. Chapter 81, Statutes of 2022. [ACR175 Detail]

Download: California-2021-ACR175-Introduced.html


CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Concurrent Resolution
No. 175


Introduced by Assembly Members Rodriguez and Seyarto
(Principal coauthors: Assembly Members Aguiar-Curry, Bigelow, Calderon, Gray, and Ward)
(Principal coauthors: Senators Borgeas, Jones, Portantino, and Rubio)

April 07, 2022


Relative to Emergency Medical Services Week.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


ACR 175, as introduced, Rodriguez. Emergency Medical Services Week.
This measure would proclaim the week of May 15, 2022, to May 21, 2022, inclusive, to be Emergency Medical Services Week in California.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, It is estimated that there are over 840,000 emergency medical services personnel in the United States, including over 80,000 in the State of California; and
WHEREAS, Emergency medical services are a vital public service and the members of emergency medical services teams are ready to provide life-saving care to those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week; and
WHEREAS, The emergency medical service system consists of emergency physicians, emergency nurses, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, firefighters, educators, administrators, and others; and
WHEREAS, The members of emergency medical services teams, whether career or volunteer, engage in thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education to enhance their life-saving skills; and
WHEREAS, Emergency medical service providers are dedicated to saving lives and possess a sense of duty to aid others that is inherent in the profession and that stays with an emergency medical service provider for life; and
WHEREAS, Approximately 25 to 30 million patients nationwide, and over 2 million patients in California, receive emergency medical services each year; and
WHEREAS, Access to quality emergency medical care dramatically improves the survival and recovery rates of those who experience sudden illness or injury; and
WHEREAS, Emergency medical service providers have made significant sacrifices in the course of duty, including the loss of life in service of others; and
WHEREAS, On March 4, 2020, the Governor of the State of California issued a Proclamation of a State of Emergency due to an outbreak of COVID-19 resulting from the spread of the novel coronavirus in the California; and
WHEREAS, Despite the difficult challenges emergency service personnel regularly confront in the course of their duties, emergency responders have not hesitated to take on new roles, such as supporting COVID-19 testing, therapeutics, and vaccination sites; and
WHEREAS, Emergency medical service providers have courageously cared for and saved the lives of community members infected with COVID-19 through selfless sacrifice; and
WHEREAS, The American College of Emergency Physicians was instrumental in establishing National Emergency Medical Services Week to honor the life-saving efforts of emergency medical services personnel; and
WHEREAS, President Gerald Ford proclaimed the first National Emergency Medical Services Week in November of 1974; and
WHEREAS, This year marks the 47th anniversary of National Emergency Medical Services Week; and
WHEREAS, The theme of National Emergency Medical Services Week is “EMS: Rising to the Challenge”; and
WHEREAS, It is appropriate to recognize the value and accomplishments of emergency medical services personnel by designating Emergency Medical Services Week in California; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature proclaims the week of May 15, 2022, to May 21, 2022, inclusive, to be Emergency Medical Services Week in California; and be it further
Resolved, That the Legislature additionally recognizes and appreciates the incredible work of emergency medical services personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.
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