The Department of Health and Hospitals, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services will host the annual EMS for Children Day, Tuesday, May 16 at Independence Park in Baton Rouge.

Children from daycare and Head Start programs in the Baton Rouge area will be invited to the park for a day where safety meets fun. The children will be entertained and educated with activities that focus on all aspects of safety. Messages that will be emphasized are fire, water, bicycle and poison safety, using 911 to call for help and the roles of EMS workers and ambulances in protecting the public.

“We are delighted to host this event each year,” said Nancy Bourgeois, EMS director. “It is extremely important that safety messages are instilled in children at an early age. It leads to fewer accidents in the home and greater safety of all children and their families.

More than 1,400 children from the Baton Rouge area are expected to attend the day’s events.

What:      EMS for Children Day

When:    Tuesday, May 16, 2004, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where:   Independence Park
                 7500 Independence Boulevard, Baton Rouge