By Leslie Hynes | South County Fire, Public Information Officer

South County Fire is celebrating Emergency Medical Services Week online this year.

“Since we can’t invite you to your neighborhood fire station for our EMS Week Open House, we are having a virtual open house on our website to showcase the services your firefighters provide,” said Interim Fire Chief Thad Hovis.

The virtual open house is available at The webpage features materials for download and a series of short videos including:

  • An EMS Week Message from the Fire Chief
  • Touring a Medic Unit
  • High-performance CPR Demonstration: Lifesaving Teamwork
  • What is a Community Paramedic?
  • Training With SIMMAN

The South County Fire Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution proclaiming May 17-23 as Emergency Medical Services Week in the regional fire authority. The resolution recognizes the importance of the vital service and the firefighters who provide it.

More than 85 percent of South County Fire’s 911 responses are medical emergencies. All South County Fire firefighters are certified as either emergency medical technicians or paramedics, who engage in thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education to enhance their lifesaving skills.

South County Fire provides fire and emergency medical services with 14 neighborhood fire stations serving more than 250,000 residents of Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and unincorporated south Snohomish County.

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