Miramonti added, “We’ve talked about this sort of thing for a couple of years. We hope to see it grow over the next few years, along with any way we can connect out with schools and organizations that we already partner with. We want to not only grow our relationships, but show them and celebrate that. This will be a fantastic event.”
Harper and Miramonti said it will also be a great opportunity for public safety officials to interact with the public at a time of calm, rather than during an emergency situation. They said all of the departments appreciate that opportunity to interact under different conditions.
“It’s our 125th anniversary of EMS in the city,” Harper said, “so we’re excited to get our message out. And on top of all that, we still have this message of Tim and Cody and honoring the sacrifice they gave to the city and why that’s important.”
National EMS Week was first celebrated in 1974, when President Gerald Ford declared it at the request of the director of the Division of Emergency Medical Services, David R. Boyd. The week has since been celebrated by hospitals, fire departments, emergency medical services, and others; and it provides a time to thank those who save lives and make the community a better place.
Indianapolis EMS was formed in 2010 as a partnership between the City of Indianapolis, Indiana University School of Medicine and Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County, with Wishard as the supervising hospital. Indianapolis EMS operates as a division of the Department of Public Safety and was formed via unification of Wishard and Indianapolis Fire Department EMS services. The service benefits from medical leadership in quality, education, training, and research from the IU School of Medicine.
For more information about the event, visit the website at www.IndianapolisEMS.org.