A ceremony was held on Monday by the City and County of Honolulu to recognize National Emergency Medical Services Week.
Mayor Rick Blangiardi honored the city paramedics as well as the city emergency medical technicians for the hard lifesaving work they do. Honolulu EMS workers are responsible for treating 1 million residents and millions of visitors every year.
According to Honolulu EMS spokesperson, Shayne Enright, “In 2022, Honolulu EMS delivered advanced life-saving medical treatment to more than 85,000 patients and transported nearly 55,000 patients to emergency rooms.”
On Oahu, Honolulu EMS has 22 units stationed today. Ambulances began private service out of Queen’s Hospital in 1910, and in 1916, Honolulu Police Department began the city’s first ambulance service, according to the Honolulu Emergency Services Department.