May 19-25, 2019, is the 45th annual National EMS Week. In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation's communities. NAEMT partners with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) to lead annual EMS Week activities. Together, NAEMT and ACEP are working to ensure that the important contributions of EMS practitioners in safeguarding the health, safety and wellbeing of their communities are fully celebrated and recognized.
EMS Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine's "front line." Whether celebrated with a company cookout or a catered lunch; an open house, an awards ceremony or even quiet reflection about what it means to be an EMS practitioner, EMS Week is the perfect time to recognize EMS and all that its practitioners do for our nation.
This year, the five days of EMS Week have a theme that represents the diverse nature of EMS.
- Monday - EMS Education Day
- Tuesday - Safety Tuesday
- Wednesday - EMS for Children Day
- Thursday - Stop the Bleed Day
- Friday - EMS Recognition Day
2019 EMS Week Proclamation -- To designate the Week of May 19-25, 2019, as Emergency Medical Services Week.
EMS Week can be a time to remember personnel have died or been killed in the line of duty. One way to honor their sacrifice is through participation in The National EMS Memorial Bike Ride. This year, rides will be held from Boston to Alexandria, Va., in Kentucky, and from Reno, Nev. to San Francisco, coinciding with EMS Week. A fourth ride will be held in Colorado in June.
For more information on EMS Week visit the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians Website