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Forsyth community honors emergency services, public safety personnel
EMS Week Proclamation 5.19.16 WEB
The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners and Forsyth County Fire Captain Rick Hamilton proclaim May 15-21 Emergency Medical Services Week. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

Though the spectacle may have been worrisome to passing motorists at the Ga. 400/Buford Highway interchange and at Northside Hospital-Forsyth on Thursday afternoon, the lights and emergency vehicles signaled celebrations for National Police Week and Forsyth County EMS Week.

At a meeting Thursday, county commissioners proclaimed May 15-21 Emergency Medical Services Week in Forsyth County to recognize the “value and accomplishments of the Forsyth County Fire, rescue and emergency services providers.”

Emergency physicians, nurses, medical technicians, paramedics, firefighters, educators and administrators “engage in thousands of hours or specialized training and continuing education to enhance their lifesaving skills,” said Jodi Gardner, spokeswoman for Forsyth County’s government.

“The proclamation stated that emergency medical services are a vital public service and that the citizens of Forsyth County benefit daily from the knowledge and skills of emergency medical services teams.”

Employees were treated to meals and held community events throughout Forsyth County on May 19, with the most visible being a Touch a Truck event at the Texas Roadhouse in Lakeland Plaza.

The restaurant reached out to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office about bringing its mobile command unit and SWAT vehicles to the event so kids and residents could interact with law enforcement during National Police Week, said Deputy Epifanio Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

Northside Hospital-Forsyth also hosted local public safety employees.

“This week every year, local area hospitals provide lunches or suppers for their fire departments and EMS services as a way for them to show their thanks and appreciation for firefighters and EMS professionals that they work with daily,” Forsyth County Fire Department Division Chief Jason Shivers said.

Half of the county’s firefighters received a free lunch from the hospital in Cumming, while the other half rotated for dinner.

“We all work as one team to serve the public,” Shivers said. “It’s just a great chance for us to spend some time with the emergency positions we work with closely.”