At a press conference to kick off EMS week this week, the president made a proclamation complementary of Paramedics and EMTs. His speech did not include certified ambulance drivers.Ron Hermes, president of the Drivers, Drayage, and Operators local 327, told this reporter; “It is a shock that we are not included in the Presidential Proclamation regarding National EMS Week. I mean we are as professional as any of those mentioned in the proclamation.”
The proclamation signed by President Barrack Obama on May 17, 2014 set aside May 18-24 as “EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES WEEK, 2014.” It states;
“My administration is dedicated to supporting the vital work of our paramedics, emergency medical technicians, 911 dispatchers, and EMS medical directors.”
Nothing is said about Ambulance Drivers.
Hermes went on to say, “We go through hours of training to provide patients timely, safe, and comfortable rides to the hospital. We sit in the driver’s seat hour after hour and play GameBoy waiting for a call. Then after racing to the scene and transport to the hospital we sit and wait for the paperwork to be done, only to do it again. Do you think it is that easy? We just want some recognition”
As of press time, repeated calls to the White House were not returned.