UDECU Named Emergency Medical Service of the Year

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NAEMT Press Release

The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) has awarded its 2002 Leo R. Schwartz Emergency Medical Service of the Year Award to University of Delaware's Emergency Care Unit. This award, which recognizes excellence in EMS service, is sponsored by EMS Magazine.

With 56 volunteer student EMTs, the University of Delaware Emergency Care Unit has made quite a name for itself. Earlier this year, it received the Striving for Excellence in Campus EMS Award from the National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation. This award is similar to becoming a CAAS-accredited agency. The University of Delaware Emergency Care Unit also has proven itself beyond the campus. Last year, it signed a memo of understanding with Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company to respond to EMS needs in Newark when the volunteer fire company is unavailable. In addition to responding to 911 calls, the service provides special event coverage for University sporting events, concerts and other campus activities.

NAEMT is a national association of EMTs and Paramedics that represents paid and volunteer EMS workers worldwide. NAEMT's goal is to serve its members through educational programs, information services, membership benefits, effective representation, and recognition of the professionalism and dedication of the men and women who provide prehospital medical care.

Each year, NAEMT recognizes excellence in various areas of prehospital medical care with the presentation of individual and organizational achievement awards. These awards honor America's EMS providers and organizations that demonstrate exceptional leadership within the profession and outstanding commitment to prehospital medical care. For more information, visit the NAEMT Web site at http://www.naemt.org.

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