Firefighters Plan Emergency Medical Services Week fundraiser

Media Release:

In celebration of Emergency Medical Services Week, the Hawaii Fire Department is sponsoring its 9th annual EMS 5K Family Run/2 Mile-Walk/Keiki Fun Run on Sunday, May 24, 2009. The event will take place at Liliuokalani Park, and the public is invited to participate.

This year’s proceeds will benefit the Big Island Chapter of the American Cancer Society and also help a fire fighter/paramedic who is currently battling cancer.

The 5K Family Run and 2-Mile Walk begins and ends at Liliuokalani Park in Hilo. The route proceeds from Lihiwai Street to the lighthouse tower at Bayfront Highway, then back along the same route to the park. The 2-mile walk also begins at the park to a shorter turn-around point and back.  Both events will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 24th.  A Keiki Fun Run, a non-competitive event for children ages 3 to 10, will be held within Liliuokalani Park following the 5K run.

Applications may be obtained at the Spencer Health and Fitness Center, the Fire Administration office located at Puainako Center, 2100 Kanoelehua Avenue C-5, at any district fire station, or by calling 981-8394 during normal business hours.

The entrance fee is $20 for adults, and $10 for youth, students & seniors (60+).  Deadline to guarantee a shirt is May 18.

Awards will be presented following the completion of the event.  All participants will also become eligible to receive random drawing prizes.  Spencer Health and Fitness Center and HMSA are major corporate sponsors of the event.

The family fun run/walk will also kick off various events and displays that will continue throughout the day.  The American Heart Association (blood pressure screening), Ululani Pharmacy (blood sugar/cholesterol screening), Big Island Asthma Coalition-East Hawaii (asthma awareness and education), Hospice of Hilo, Tri Fit (personal fitness assessment administered by Keaau High School students), and the County of Hawaii Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (Keiki ID) will provide their services to the public.

The Big Island Chapter of the American Cancer Society volunteers and staff will also be on hand to assist with the event as well as to provide information about their services.  For more information on the organization, please call 935-9763.

EMS Week, which is celebrated nationwide, will bring together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety, and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of the medical “front line.”  This year’s theme, “EMS:  A Proud Partner in Your Community,” underscores the commitment and dedication of the 750,000 EMS personnel who provide an essential community service every day.

The Emergency Medical Services Week coordinators are Fire Captain/Mobile Intensive Care Technician Lance Uchida (Central Fire Station, telephone 961-8325) and Battalion Chief Jerry Lum (telephone 883-6103).  The fun run/walk race director is Firefighter/Mobile Intensive Care Technician Jesse Ebersole (Kawailani Fire Station, telephone 959‑7012).

The County of Hawaii’s Emergency Medical Services Division, a State-funded program, provides 24-hour quality pre-hospital emergency medical care and services to the residents and visitors on Hawaii.  Last year, EMS responded to 15,420 calls for assistance island wide.  To learn more about your local EMS Division, please call 961-8319.

Event organizers welcome your support of EMS.  Please join your Fire Department on May 24th.

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