Focus on EMS During National EMS Week, May 20-26

Sunday, 15 April 2007

National EMS Week will be celebrated across the nation on May 20-26. This event brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services on the medical front line. Hundreds of grassroots activities coast-to-coast are being planned around this year’s theme, "Extraordinary People, Extraordinary Service."

Fire Corps programs can participate in National EMS Week through a variety of activities, from recognizing outstanding EMS personnel in their department by profiling them on their department’s web site, to assisting department personnel and EMS providers with life safety education by utilizing the Home Safety Council’s Always Fire Safe at Home module. This module contains all of the materials necessary to implement a comprehensive fire and life safety public education program at the local level. It can be ordered free-of-charge from the Fire Corps national office at 1-888-FC-INFO1 (324-6361) or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Organized by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and supported by a network of partner organizations including the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), EMS Week includes national and local activities to honor EMS providers and raise public awareness about health and safety issues, including how to prevent injuries and what to do in a medical emergency.

"As this year's theme emphasizes, EMS providers are dedicated to saving lives, even putting their own lives on hold as they respond to medical emergencies," said Dr. Brian Keaton, president of ACEP. "They do this every day without special recognition, which is why we are recognizing EMS providers this year as extraordinary."

For more information, or to obtain a National EMS Week Planning Kit, visit www.acep.org/emsweek.

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