Focus on EMS During National EMS Week, May 18-24

Monday, 19 May 2008

This week is National EMS Week, a time to celebrate and honor those serving in the emergency medical field. Brought to you by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), this event brings together local communities and emergency 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 have been planned around this year’s theme, "EMS: Your Life is Our Mission." This statement was chosen to recognize the commitment that emergency medical personnel make to the communities they serve. This dedication to their mission provides round-the-clock care to communities across the nation.

There are many ways Fire Corps volunteers can help their community’s first responders, both firefighters and emergency medical personnel. For example, the Ingleside (TX) Fire Corps program is working to promote the Vial-of-Life project, a program which encourages individuals to post their medical information on their refrigerators in order to assist emergency personnel in administering proper medical treatment.

Fire Corps programs can participate in National EMS Week by recognizing outstanding emergency medical responders on their department web site or hosting an open-house to educate the public about your EMS services. The ACEP has created EMS Week Fact Sheets you can distribute during your EMS Week activities. You can customize the sheets with your department’s logo and contact information.

Refer to the ACEP’s 2008 EMS Week Planning Guide and Ideas for a Successful EMS Week to find tips and activity ideas. Topics include hosting an open house; working with the media; joining one of the many national events held around the country; reaching out to special populations such as the elderly, children, and those with limited English proficiency; and more.

EMS Week is supported by a network of partner organizations including the National Volunteer Fire Council and the International Association of Fire Chiefs. Learn more about National EMS Week.

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