WHEREAS, emergency medical services are a vital public service; and

      WHEREAS, the Fauquier County Fire and Rescue Associationís thirteen member companies consisting of:

Warrenton VFC ( Co. 1)
Remington VF&RC (
Co. 2)
Marshall VFC (
Co. 3)
The Plains VF&RC (
Co. 4)
Upperville VFC (
Co. 5)

Warrenton VRS ( Co. 6)
Catlett VFC (
Co. 7)
Goldvein VF&RC (
Co. 8)
Marshall VRS (
Co. 9)
New Baltimore VF&RC (
Co. 10)

Orlean VFC ( Co. 11)
Cedar Run VRS (
Co. 12)
Lois VFC (
Co. 13)


along with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, respond annually to over 8,000 fire and emergency medical incidents involving a threat to life, property, and/or our environment; and

WHEREAS, access to quality emergency care dramatically improves the survival and recovery rate of those who experiences sudden illness or injury; and

WHEREAS, emergency medical services providers have traditionally served as the safety net of America ís health care system; and

WHEREAS, emergency medical services teams consist of emergency physicians, emergency nurses, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, firefighters, educators, administrators, and others; and

WHEREAS, approximately two-thirds of all emergency medical services providers are volunteers; 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 lifesaving skills; and

WHEREAS, Americans benefit daily from the knowledge and skills of these highly trained individuals; and

WHEREAS, it is appropriate to recognize the value and the accomplishments of Fauquier Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services providers by designating Emergency Medical Services Week; and

WHEREAS, injury prevention and the appropriate use of the EMS system will help reduce national health care costs; now, therefore, be it

PROCLAIMED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 21st day of April 2003, that the week of May 18-24, 2003 be, and is hereby, declared Emergency Medical Services Week; and, be it

PROCLAIMED FURTHER, That all residents of the County are encouraged to observe this week with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.


Harry F. Atherton

Chairman of the Board