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EMS Week Is May 15‑21

The 47th annual Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week will be observed from May 15-May 21, 2022. The EMS remain on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, the U.S. fire service responded to over 300,000 calls in which COVID-19 was suspected or confirmed. This past year has also seen many issues secondary to the pandemic, such as training difficulties and workforce and supply shortages.

The U.S. Fire Administration celebrates and fully recognizes the important contributions of the EMS practitioners who safeguard the health, safety and well-being of our communities.

Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell

As we come together to observe EMS Week, it is an honor to work with EMS providers who rise to the challenge of providing emergency care to communities, often under the most difficult circumstances and perilous conditions. The U.S. Fire Administration stands with all those who give of themselves to provide EMS to those they serve and to all who support them personally and professionally every day. Thank you for all that you do.

EMS:
RISING TO THE CHALLENGE

Each weekday of EMS Week, a topic area is highlighted to increase awareness about job resources for providers or to recognize service.

EMS:
RISING TO THE CHALLENGE

Each weekday of EMS Week, a topic area is highlighted to increase awareness about job resources for providers or to recognize service.

EMS providers
Mon, May 16

EMS Education

The USFA's National Fire Academy provides classroom and distance learning opportunities for EMS providers. Our courses cover EMS supervisory management practices, incident command for medium to large patient incidents, and management and planning of specialized operations.

NFA students

Browse training opportunities

Tue, May 17

Safety Tuesday

The health and safety of EMS providers is a critical issue for both fire departments and third service providers. We offer several research-based guidebooks to help keep EMS personnel and their patients safe and prepare fire departments for special EMS operations.

Wed, May 18

EMS for Children

It's important that kids know how to call 911 in an emergency. Use this pictograph in your community outreach to communicate this message to people with low literacy.

Thu, May 19

Save-a-Life

Use our social media cards and pictographs to communicate life-saving messages about CPR and Stop the Bleed in your community.

Stop the Bleed social media card

Browse our outreach materials

Fri, May 20

EMS Recognition Day

Over the past year, the pandemic has further demonstrated the importance of EMS providers in our communities. The dedication of career and volunteer EMTs, paramedics and other EMS practitioners has rightfully earned them the admiration and gratitude of the people they serve.

The USFA recognizes the many roles of EMS providers and the people behind the scenes who support them. Thank you for all that you do!