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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 6, 2005
MAYOR PROCLAIMS EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES WEEK
City officials kicked off their observance of National Emergency Medical Services Week today with a blessing of a new ambulance and two disaster response trailers that were donated to the Honolulu Emergency Services Department by
The blessing was followed by a ceremony at which Mayor Mufi Hannemann proclaimed May 15-21 National Emergency Medical Services Week. The mayor also recognized EMS Chief Patricia J. Dukes as the first female chief of a major metropolitan emergency medical service in the
Dukes has been with the City since 1984, when she was certified as a mobile intensive care technician (MICT). She is one of a handful of paramedics in
The Honolulu EMS Division responded to more than 66,000 calls for help in 2004. Demand for service is growing at a rate of roughly 6,000 calls per year.
The ambulance was purchased with funds provided by the state of
The trailers are a gift from
Together, the two trailers cost $135,511. It’s the latest gift to the City from
Fare revenues from the center’s Skycab monorail were used to purchase equipment that the City’s public safety agencies requested.
· Portable defibrillators for the Honolulu Police Department
· Search and rescue equipment for the Honolulu Fire Department
· Fifteen two-way radios for the Oahu Civil Defense Agency
Pearlridge marketing director Scott Creel said, “We asked the departments what they wanted, and then we got it for them.”
Mayor Hannemann said, “The City is very grateful indeed for these generous civic contributions from
is a shining example of corporate responsibility and good citizenship.”
For National EMS Week, a blessing ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 16, at the Nana‘ikeola Kaiser Clinic, 87-2116 Farrington Highway, for the new Nanakuli EMS ambulance unit that now offers emergency medical services to residents on the Leeward Coast.
From May 16 through Thursday, May 20,
There are currently 15 full-time (24/7) paramedic ambulance units across
Dr. Libby Char, director, Honolulu Emergency Services Department, 831-4350
Patricia Dukes, chief, Honolulu Emergency Medical Services Division, 831-7103
|Friday, May 06, 2005|