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
Share this card on your social media channels to increase awareness about counterfeit respirators.
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.Download the guide
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:
Explore our resources on best practices and recommendations for safer emergency vehicle and roadway incident response.
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.
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
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.
Share these images on your department's Twitter feed or Facebook page to remind community residents to prepare for a medical emergency.
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.