Using the national theme for EMS Week of "We're Ready -- Are You?" local emergency medical services personnel will kick off a celebration in Carroll County on Sunday.
Activities during the week aim to educate the public about emergency medical care and how to use local emergency services.
Other activities will include recognizing local EMS providers for their services throughout the year and highlighting ways to prevent injuries.
Many Marylanders, including some from Carroll, will be honored May 27 at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for their heroic, life-saving action or for distinguished service to the EMS community.
In Carroll, hundreds of volunteers and career personnel are part of emergency medical services -- "first responder" emergency medical technicians-ambulance (EMT-As), cardiac rescue technicians (CRTs), emergency medical technicians-paramedic (EMT-Ps), Med-Evac crews, communications dispatchers, and emergency room, trauma center and rehabilitation nurses, physicians and specialists.
All deserve praise for the work they accomplish throughout the year, said a spokeswoman from the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems.