PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota is noting Emergency Medical Services week this week; to recognize men and women involved in emergency medical services. Governor Dennis Daugaard says in press release that the EMS system is made up of emergency physicians and nurses, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, firefighters, educators and administrators. He says the access to quality emergency care improves the survival and recovery rate of those who experience sudden illness and injury. Marilyn Rutz, Director of Emergency Medical Services in the State Department of Public Safety, says emergency responders have a commitment to their communities and the people that live there. About 80 percent of South Dakota’s emergency medical techs are volunteers. Rutz says they put in many hours to train, to keep certification and skills up-to-date and to provide the vital emergency services to their communities. EMS week is underway through May 25.
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