CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Borough Mayor Thaddeus Kobylarz has issued a proclamation in honor of the Chatham Emergency Squad, designating the week of May 17 through 23 as National Emergency Medical Services Week.

"WHEREAS, the Borough of Chatham wishes to recognize and thank all the members of the Chatham Emergency Squad who are serving on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis-planning and response effort, adapting and responding every day to take care of our residents."

The entire proclamation can be read below:

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Mayor’s Proclamation

DESIGNATING THE WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2020 AS NATIONAL EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES WEEK

WHEREAS, the Chatham Emergency Squad provides a vital public service, providing lifesaving care to those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week; and
WHEREAS, the Emergency Medical Services system consists of emergency physicians, emergency nurses, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, firefighters, educators, administrators and others; and
WHEREAS, Emergency Medical Services are now firmly established as a key component of the medical care continuum and EMS practitioners serve a vital role in saving lives from sudden cardiac arrest and trauma; in getting people to the hospitals best equipped to treat heart attacks and strokes; and in showing caring and compassion to their patients in their most difficult moments; and
WHEREAS, access to quality emergency care dramatically improves the survival and recovery rate of those who experience sudden illness or injury; and
WHEREAS, the all-volunteer Chatham Emergency Squad has primary responsibility for responding to medical emergencies in the Chathams and provides CPR training and First Aid training to residents of the Chathams to improve preparedness for medical emergencies; and
WHEREAS, our community is fortunate to be served by such dedicated volunteers who give their time in service of the Chatham Emergency Squad and engage in hundreds of hours of specialized training to enhance lifesaving knowledge and skills; and
WHEREAS, the Borough of Chatham wishes to recognize and thank all the members of the Chatham Emergency Squad who are serving on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis-planning and response effort, adapting and responding everyday to take care of our residents; and
WHEREAS, National Emergency Medical Services Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine "front line"
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Thaddeus J. Kobylarz, do hereby proclaim the week of May 17-23, 2020 as Emergency Medical Services Week in the Borough of Chatham; extend, on behalf of our residents, our heartfelt gratitude to the dedicated and courageous volunteers of the Chatham Emergency Squad; and encourage everyone to consider joining this esteemed organization, one that has proudly, and successfully, served both Chathams since 1936.