Contra Costa Celebrates 40 Years of Paramedic Service During National EMS Week

May 18, 2017 16:00 pm · 7 comments

Contra Costa Health Services’ Emergency Medical Services (CCEMS) will kick off national EMS Week –- and commemorate 40 years of paramedic services –- with a barbecue for all first responders on May 22, 2017.

National EMS Week is held annually to promote public safety and honor the frontline workers who provide lifesaving emergency medical services in the community each day.

“We’re proud to be celebrating 40 years of providing access to quality emergency care to our community. We provide a vital service that saves lives and improves quality of life for county residents,” said Patricia Frost, CCEMS Director.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of paramedic services in Contra Costa. In 1977, the first local ambulances were deployed with paramedics, providing advanced life support services as part of a new county program established through the federal Emergency Medical Services Systems Act.

During this same year Contra Costa’s trauma program was implemented, with John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek designated as a Level II trauma center by the county Board of Supervisors.

“Today Contra Costa supports one of the largest EMS systems in California. We are an integrated system of private and public emergency responders and healthcare providers that include ambulance personnel, firefighters, dispatchers, police, air ambulance and hospitals and we all work in harmony to save lives,” Frost said.

CCEMS is recognized in the state as a leader in providing exceptional clinical care by promoting specialty systems of care to reduce the loss of life. In the last 10 years CCEMS has implemented a high-risk heart attack (STEMI) system, stroke system and cardiac arrest system of care.

“We want our staff and partners to know they are appreciated and that we could not do this work without them,” said Frost.

Monday’s barbecue  will be held at the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District training center in Concord and is open to all EMS personnel past and present, including firefighters, paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), dispatchers, hospital emergency department staffers, law enforcement partners. We are honored to have our local mayors, city council members and county supervisors as special guests at this event.

1 Hehaseesaw May 18, 2017 at 5:04 PM

Just wanted to say thanks to all the hard working paramedics, you are lifesavers and thank you for saving my mom a few years back. Give these people a raise!

2 ChuckStir May 18, 2017 at 5:31 PM

John Muir did not become a Trauma center until the late 80’s.

3 Poor Richard May 18, 2017 at 7:29 PM

Satisfactory EMS service has been provided by contract Ambulance service for years, but ConFire has always wanted access to these funds. Now they have it, so costs will increase. ConFire overhead burden used to be about 110 % to pay for the high pay and high retirement. It may be higher now.

4 anon May 18, 2017 at 8:24 PM

I have a friend who was ‘only’ a Reserve Police Officer…I am sure he is not invited as he was not in the union.

5 Abbie R.. May 18, 2017 at 10:15 PM

The Para Medics and Fire Department saved My Life during an asthma attack crisis in 1989….thank You!

6 claytonWF May 18, 2017 at 10:33 PM

Thank you to all the firefighters, paramedics, EMT’s…you are all AWESOME!!!

7 Ano May 19, 2017 at 3:46 AM

Thank you to the ones that scooped Mt son off the pavement 2 weeks ago when he crashed his bike.
He has a broken elbow and broken leg.

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