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  • May 19-25, 2024

50th Annual EMS Week: May 19-25, 2024

Honoring Our Past, Forging Our Future

    May 19-25 marks the 50th anniversary of National EMS Week. The theme "Honoring Our Past, Forging Our Future" empowers us to remember the pioneers who made emergency medical services (EMS) what it is today and encourages us to face the future of EMS with their same tenacity and drive for excellence.

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      May 19-25 marks the 50th anniversary of National EMS Week. The theme “Honoring Our Past, Forging Our Future” empowers us to remember the pioneers who made emergency medical services (EMS) what it is today and encourages us to face the future of EMS with their same tenacity and drive for excellence.

      2024 is also the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). The fire service and EMS have been linked since its inception. The USFA joins the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians and the American College of Emergency Physicians to recognize EMS professionals and show gratitude for the help they provide every day.


      Sunday
      May 19

      Health, Wellness and Resilience Day

      Today we highlight the need to recognize and care for the health and wellness of EMS providers and patients and share ideas on strengthening resilience.

      The USFA can help support your organization’s mission to achieve health, wellness and resilience with the following resources:


      Monday
      May 20

      EMS Education Day

      Today we highlight community educational programs, as well as the importance of continuing education for EMS practitioners.

      The National Fire Academy (NFA) at the USFA offers the following EMS courses:


      Tuesday
      May 21

      Safety Day

      Today we promote safety for the EMS provider, the patient and the public. We focus on risk reduction and prevention to promote the advancement of safety measures for both the community and the profession.

      The USFA can help support your organization’s goals to reduce risk and promote prevention and safety measures with the following resources:


      Wednesday
      May 22

      EMS for Children Day

      Today we highlight the distinctive physiological and psychological aspects of caring for children in efforts to improve specialized care for children in prehospital settings.

      The USFA has the following resources for children’s emergency care:


      Thursday
      May 23

      Save-A-Life Day

      Today we focus on community education to promote “Stop the Bleed” and public CPR programs to empower bystanders to apply steps that can be taken to help save a life.

      The USFA has the following resources to help save lives in your community:


      Friday
      May 24

      EMS Recognition Day

      Today we honor members of the EMS community who go above and beyond what’s expected. We give gratitude to first responders for their unwavering commitment to serve their communities.

      The USFA offers the following resources to recognize and support emergency medical professionals:


      Saturday
      May 25

      EMS Remembrance Day

      Today we honor EMS personnel who have died in the line of duty and recognize the ultimate sacrifice they made for their communities.

      Located on the National Emergency Training Center’s beautiful campus in Emmitsburg, Maryland, the USFA honors our nation’s fallen fire and EMS professionals at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial: