Emergency Medical Services Week: May 17-23, 2020
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Content to support your COVID-19 response and to keep you and your community safe.
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The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) is proud to support, train and recognize the accomplishments of EMS personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now more than ever, National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week offers an important opportunity for emergency response agencies to acknowledge the dedication of EMS personnel and to showcase their commitment to protect the health and safety of Americans.

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. For additional information, visit the official EMS Week website.

In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, the brave men and women of our nation's EMS epitomize this year's theme by their strong commitment and care for those in need. The USFA recognizes the fire and emergency medical services for their courageous response to this pandemic and the sacrifices that have been made. We are grateful for their never-ending, selfless dedication and commitment to protect the public health of our nation.

— G. Keith Bryant, U.S. Fire Administrator
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COVID-19 resources for fire and EMS

We've assembled a collection of resources to assist fire and EMS departments with COVID-19:

Federal Healthcare Resilience Task Force documents

Visit EMS.gov for newly released COVID-19 guidance on personal protective equipment, infection control, personnel health and safety, and patient care.

Looking to continue your EMS education?

The National Fire Academy has seven EMS courses that are available online, at our campus in Emmitsburg, Maryland, or through your state fire service training agency. They include:

  • Emergency Medical Services: Incident Operations
  • Emergency Medical Services: Quality Management
  • EMS Functions in ICS
  • Management and Planning of Specialized Operations for EMS
  • Management of Emergency Medical Services
  • Mobile Integrated Healthcare Program Management
  • Supervising Emergency Medical Services

View the EMS course schedule
Application period closes June 30

Counterfeit respirators: make others aware

Share this card on your social media channels to increase awareness about counterfeit respirators.

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Maintaining operational capabilities during a pandemic

During a severe pandemic, workloads increase and staff sizes diminish as employees and their families become ill or are quarantined. This guide provides contingency planning information that can help fire and EMS departments reduce the worst impacts.

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Safety and health considerations for designing fire and EMS stations

If you are a fire department leader, architect or local government official, this guide will assist you in your efforts to design a safe, healthy and functional facility.

Recommendations are specifically directed toward injury, health and accident concerns associated with activities that occur at fire and emergency services stations.

Focus areas include:

  • Needs assessment.
  • Site selection.
  • Design process and construction components.
  • Safety and health considerations.
  • Code compliance.
  • Funding.
  • Key areas often overlooked.

Be safe on the road

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

Social Media

“Slow down, move over”

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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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 first-aid 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

During COVID-19, the American Red Cross is offering online and blended simulation training courses that teach how to perform CPR.

Find CPR training

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 feed or Facebook page to remind community residents to prepare for a medical emergency.

911 and first aid pictographs

Pictographs can help overcome literacy barriers by communicating messages with pictures. These pictographs will help you to communicate 911 and first aid messages to high-risk populations.

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Make sure everyone in your home knows how to call 911 and give the dispatcher the address.
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If someone is bleeding, have the person lie down. Open or remove clothing over the wound. Cover with a clean cloth and apply pressure by pushing down with hands. Keep pressure until medical help arrives.
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If you see someone who is not breathing or doesn’t have a pulse, call 911. Clasp hands. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest until medical personnel arrive.
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Make sure first responders can see your house number from the road.
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