EMS Week May 20-26, 2018

National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week offers an important opportunity for emergency response agencies to recognize the dedication of EMS personnel and to showcase their commitment to protect the health and safety of Americans. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) is proud to support, train and recognize the accomplishments of EMS personnel.

In recognition of EMS Week, we’re sharing resources that we hope will help you to do your job more safely and help residents in your community when they are in need of your services.

Looking to continue your EMS education? Check out the National Fire Academy!

Seven EMS courses are available at our campus in Emmitsburg, Maryland, or through your state fire service training agency. They include:

  • Advanced Leadership Issues in Emergency Medical Services
  • Challenges for the Future III: Health Care and EMS
  • Emergency Medical Services: Incident Operations
  • Emergency Medical Services: Quality Management
  • EMS Functions in ICS
  • Management of Emergency Medical Services
  • Supervising Emergency Medical Services

View the EMS course schedule

Current Events and Issues

paramedics and patient arriving at a hospital

EMS prehospital documentation accuracy: Can body-worn cameras help?

Learn about the results of a pilot study where EMS providers used body-worn cameras to see if they could help to improve the accuracy of their prehospital documentation.

Occupational violence: Know your safety risks

EMS responders are increasingly called upon to meet community demands for service. As a result, you are often expected to respond to incidents where you can be exposed to violence.

Mitigation of Occupational Violence to Firefighters and EMS Responders

This report documents the causes of violence to firefighters and EMS responders. It explains the risk factors and presents opportunities to reduce or prevent violence.

Focus areas include:

  • Characteristics of patients/perpetrators of violence.
  • Estimates of violence.
  • EMS responder risk factors.
  • Psychosocial impact.
  • Reporting/Under-reporting
  • Inventory of best practices and intervention opportunities.

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Download the report PDF 2.5 MB

Project sponsors: International Association of Fire Fighters, Drexel University, and the U.S. Fire Administration.

Be safe on the road

Explore these resources for best practices and recommendations for safer emergency vehicle and roadway incident response.

Digital Media

“Slow down, move over” social card

Share this social card on your department’s Twitter account or Facebook page to remind community residents to slow down and move over when they see emergency lights.

motorists: move over and slow down

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Current events and issues

paramedics attending to a patient at a protest

Violence against EMS responders

Last year, researchers published an article that investigated injuries to paramedics and emergency medical technicians from patient-initiated violence. These EMS workers were employed by a large, urban fire department. Here’s what the researchers found.

Read the article
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Resources from the NETC Library

Explore these reference materials that highlight the physiological and psychological aspects of caring for children, and raise awareness about improving specialized care for children in prehospital and acute care settings.

See also: Emergency Medical Services for Children

Help community members to save a life!

Life-threatening emergencies can happen fast and EMS personnel aren’t always nearby. Help inform community residents about how to save a life by taking simple actions immediately.

You Are the Help Until Help Arrives

This program offers both online training and downloadable materials you can use to deliver in-person training in your community.

Find out more about this program

CPR training

The American Red Cross offers online, in-person and blended simulation training courses that teach how to perform CPR.

Find a CPR class

Stop the Bleed

Resources that teach how to perform severe bleeding control on victims as soon as possible until EMS personnel arrive on the scene.

Learn more about bleeding control

EMS social cards

Share these images on your department’s Twitter or Facebook account to remind community residents to prepare for a medical emergency.

Current events and issues

drone delivering an AED

Transforming cardiac emergency care with drone delivery of AEDs

Can medical drones reduce the time to cardiac treatment by getting an automated external defibrillator (AED) into the hands of a bystander? Preliminary studies suggest that drones may make a life-saving difference in providing emergency care to cardiac arrest patients, especially those in a rural setting.

Read the article