Emergency Medical Services

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Each year, Assemblymember Rodriguez recognizes Emergency Medical Services Week in the State Capitol. As an Emergency Medical Technician for over 30 years, Assemblymember Rodriguez understands the dedication and sacrifice that every EMT, paramedic, nurse, doctor, firefighter, and others makes in the line of duty. 


Assemblymember Rodriguez Honors Emergency Medical Service Workers at State Capitol

(SACRAMENTO)-  Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) presented Assembly Concurrent Resolution 87, recognizing Emergency Medical Services Week as May 21st – May 27th, 2017. The measure was approved by the Assembly unanimously and was coauthored by 66 legislators. Assemblymember Rodriguez was joined by representatives from California Ambulance Association, United EMS Workers AFSCME Local 4911, Cal Fire medical teams, the California Highway Patrol Central Valley Operations Unit, Sacramento Fire Department, American Medical Response, Emergency Nurses Association, and the California Professional Firefighters.

California is home to over 80,000 career and volunteer emergency medical service personnel who treat over 2 million Californians a year. As many of you know, I have been an Emergency Medical technician for over 30 years and can attest to the true professionalism and passion these individuals bring to their work. Working long hours, missing special moments with families and friends, and putting their own lives on the line is just part of the job. This resolution is to commend them for their sacrifice and dedication” Rodriguez said while presenting the Resolution.   

Legislators recognized guests who were seated in the Assembly Gallery.

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Assembly Approves Rodriguez Bill to Improve Active Shooter Emergency Response

The California State Assembly approved Assembly Bill 1598 by Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez to improve the way first responders train for active shooter situations. Assemblymember Rodriguez introduced the bill in response to the shooting that occurred in November of last year at Los Angeles International Airport in which a Transportation Security Administration agent was killed.

“I heard too many stories about injured victims at LAX having to wait to receive medical care,” said Rodriguez. “As an Emergency Medical Technician of 30 years, I know how critical it is for the injured to receive prompt medical attention. It is important that our law enforcement, fire and emergency medical responders are working together to prepare for and respond to these incidents. A coordinated emergency response can help bring medical attention to victims faster and could save lives.”

Assemblymember Rodriguez, Chair of the Select Committee on Local Emergency Preparedness, held an informational hearing earlier this year examining the emergency response to the LAX shooting as well as state and local law enforcement protocols pertaining to active shooter incidents.

“I wanted to see what we learned from the incident that occurred at LAX and how we could apply those lessons moving forward,” said Rodriguez. “What we found was that there needs to be more coordination between first responding agencies in how they train and practice for these types of incidents.”

AB 1598 would require the Commission on Peace Officer Standards Training, the California Emergency Medical Services Authority and the Office of Emergency Services to coordinate training standards for active shooter incidents. The bill was approved with strong bipartisan support on a vote of 70-0 and will now be heard in the Senate.


Rodriguez Kicks Off Emergency Medical Services Week

Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez kicked off a week-long celebration of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workers by honoring a group of EMS providers during today’s Assembly Floor Session. The group of dedicated EMS personnel represented the over 80,000 emergency medical services workers throughout California.

The State Assembly also approved Rodriguez’ Assembly Concurrent Resolution 84 which establishes the week of May 18th through May 24th as Emergency Medical Services Week in California. This week coincides with the 40th Anniversary of National Emergency Medical Services Week which began in 1974 to draw attention to the sacrifice, dedication and commitment of Emergency Medical Personnel.

EMS personnel are emergency medical technicians, paramedics, firefighters, law enforcement officers, emergency room doctors and nurses, dispatchers, administrators, and educators who provide life-saving care to others during their time of need. Rodriguez has been an Emergency Medical Technician himself for 30 years.

“I have spent my life working as an Emergency Medical Technician. It is important to me to honor my brothers and sisters in the EMS field and I am proud to be able to do that this week,” said Assemblymember Rodriguez. “EMS workers are some of the most dedicated individuals that I know. They possess a strong sense of desire to help others and that sense of duty stays with you for life.”

To celebrate EMS Week, Rodriguez will be participating in the following events:

Saturday, May 17th

Free Compression-Only CPR Training
Instructed by American Medical Response

10 am – 2 pm
Montclair Youth Center
5111 Benito Street
Montclair, CA 91763

Session #1 10am
Session #2 11am
Session #3 12pm
Session #4 1pm

RSVPs may be directed to Rodriguez’ District Office at (909) 902-9606

Monday, May 19th

American Medical Response Display
State Capitol
Sacramento, CA
North Steps
10 am – 2 pm
Ambulances, CPR mannequins and other informational
material will be available to the public.

Wednesday, May 21st

CPR Day at the Capitol
with The California Ambulance Association
State Capitol
Sacramento, CA

Assemblymember Rodriguez will be training members of the legislature in their offices on Compression-Only CPR.

EMTs with the CA Ambulance Association will be visiting legislative offices between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm to offer Compression-Only CPR training to capitol staff.

“CPR is such an important skill to have. Administering CPR within the first few minutes of a cardiac arrest can increase a person’s chances of survival,” said Rodriguez. “Compression-Only CPR is a life-saving skill that takes only minutes to learn. I encourage everyone to take a CPR course and learn how to save a life.”


Assemblymember Rodriguez Introduces Bill to Honor Emergency Medical Services Workers

SACRAMENTO- Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez introduced Assembly Concurrent Resolution 84 to proclaim the week of May 18th through May 24th as Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week in California and honor the EMS personnel who dedicate their lives to providing life-saving medical care to others in their time of need.

Emergency Medical Services Week in California will coincide with the 40th Anniversary of National Emergency Medical Services Week. President Gerald Ford signed the first National EMS Week proclamation in 1974 to draw attention to the sacrifice, dedication and commitment of Emergency Medical Personnel.

“I have spent my life working as an Emergency Medical Technician. It was important to me to honor my brothers and sisters in the EMS field and I am proud that my first piece of legislation is dedicated to this,” said Assemblymember Rodriguez. “EMS workers are highly skilled and dedicated emergency room doctors and nurses, EMTs, paramedics, and administrators. Their work saves lives.”

According to the California Emergency Medical Services Authority, there are over 3 million EMS responses each year in California that result in approximately 2.25 million transports to medical facilities. Access to timely and quality medical care has proven to be an important factor in a patient’s survival and recovery from sudden illness or injury.

Assemblymember Rodriguez is planning events both in the district and in Sacramento to commemorate Emergency Medical Services Week.


Emergency Medical Services Legislation

ACR 84 Emergency Medical Services Week -- Proclaims May 18th through May 24th as Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week in California and honors  Emergency Medical Services personnel throughout the state.

ACR 94 Active Shooter: Local Emergency Response Teams -- Recognizes that active shooter incidents are increasing and encourages local fire, law enforcement, and emergency medical services agencies to collaborate and develop standard operating procedures to better respond to active shooter incidents in California.

AB 1598 Active Shooter: Local Emergency Response Teams -- Encourages local fire, law enforcement, and emergency medical services agencies to coordinate and establish standard operating procedures to provide prompt medical care to victims.

AB 1620 California Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness Commission—Establishes a commission to research and review existing emergency plans and propose new plans to ensure the coordination between all levels of government on emergency planning, communication protocols, disaster response, and crisis management in California.

AB 2406 Protects the safety of emergency responders by making it a crime for a person to throw human waste, blood or bodily fluids upon a law enforcement officer, a firefighter or an emergency medical technician and allows for the defendant to be tested for diseases capable of being transmitted through contact with bodily fluids.

AJR 48 Honors the commitment and ultimate sacrifice of emergency medical service providers and encourages the President and Congress to establish the National Emergency Medical Services Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Select Committee Hearing:

On Friday February 28th, 2014 Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez, Chair of the Select Committee on Local Emergency Preparedness, held an Informational Hearing to investigate what lessons were learned from the shooting at Los Angeles International Airport.


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Rodriguez To Hold Hearing In Response To LAX Shooting

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The informational hearing will feature presenters from Los Angeles International Airport, the California Emergency Medical Services Authority, the Governor's Office of Emergency Services, and various other state and local law enforcement officials. The committee will focus on coordination between law enforcement officials and emergency medical responders during active shooter incidents.

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Assemblymember Rodriguez Introduces Bill to Honor Emergency Medical Services Workers

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Emergency Medical Services Week in California will coincide with the 40th Anniversary of National Emergency Medical Services Week. President Gerald Ford signed the first National EMS Week proclamation in 1974 to draw attention to the sacrifice, dedication and commitment of Emergency Medical Personnel.

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