Mark your calendars–next week is National EMS Week. In 1974, President Ford designated the third week in May as EMS Week to honor the important work EMS clinicians do in our communities. As first responders, they deliver life-saving care to patients pre-hospital.
National EMS Week is coordinated by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) in partnership with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT). This year each day of the week is designated with a theme.
- Monday is “Education Day,” a time to help communities navigate emergency situations, treatment and prevention of injuries, and more.
- Tuesday is “EMS Safety Day,” for more dedicated focus on risk and injury prevention.
- Wednesday is “EMS for Children Day,” an opportunity to raise awareness about the unique needs of pre-hospital care for children.
- Thursday is “Save-A-Life Day” and STOP THE BLEED® Day, a day to help the general public learn more about their unique abilities to save a life in emergency situations.
- Friday is “EMS Recognition Day,” a culmination of the week and opportunity to recognize and thank our local EMS heroes.
Learn more about the week and how you can get involved by visiting the official EMS Week website.