WHEREAS, emergency medical services (EMS) is a vital public service; and

WHEREAS, the Fauquier County Fire and Rescue Association’s 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 Fauquier County Office of 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 experience sudden illness or injury; and

WHEREAS, emergency medical services providers have traditionally served as the safety net of America’s 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 May 19 – 25, 2002 as Emergency Medical Services Week; and

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

WHEREAS, Wednesday, May 22nd will be devoted especially to Emergency Medical Services for children, with activities and events specifically directed to child safety and injury prevention; now, therefore, be it

PROCLAIMED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 20th day of May 2002, That the week of May 19-25, 2002 be, and it is hereby, declared Emergency Medical Services Week; and, be it

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



                                                                        Raymond E. Graham