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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Lake EMS rolling out safety messages to the community

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A fleet that travels more than 1 million miles per year will bring a message to citizens along with its medical care.

Lake Emergency Medical Services began rolling out new messages on the side of ambulances this week to help reinforce safety throughout the community, a news release states. The messages, expected to be completely installed over the next several months, focus on a variety of topics, including drowning prevention and safe driving practices. Slogans include, “Always swim with a friend,” “Don’t text and drive,” and “Watch for motorcycles.”

“Lake EMS serves the entire community, so the ambulances act as mobile billboards, helping bring attention to safety measures that can be taken to prevent accidents and fatalities,” Lake EMS board member Sean Parks says in the release.

In addition to the signs, cardiopulmonary resuscitation symbols and verbiage are being added to encourage residents to learn this lifesaving technique.

“It is our hope that the citizens of Lake County will join in the effort with us to continue to make our community a safer place to live,” Jerry Smith, executive director of Lake EMS, says in the release.

Lake EMS, which became part of county government earlier this year, has 22 ambulance stations, administrative offices in Mount Dora, and operations co-located with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office in the Emergency Communications and Operations Center in Tavares.