EMS Week


    EMS Week-EMS Strong Theme: 
   “Where Emergency Care Begins”
We are no longer printing EMS Week Guides. All content will be electronic and updated each new year with the new theme, logo, and updated information available at WWW.EMSWeek.ORG

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The New National EMS Week Website is Here: WWW.EMSWeek.ORG  

You can find all the logos, materials, documents, and many more new and exciting items to share! Please join us at

We thank each one of you for your continued support and wish you all a wonderful celebration for EMS Week.

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The generous support of our corporate sponsors also allows us to continue to develop and provide the National EMS Week stories, and planning materials free of charge. Specialty items are marketed directly by Jim Coleman, Ltd. Royalties generated by this licensing agreement contribute to the funding of these planning materials as well as the designing of each year's logo. 

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NEMSWF permits promotional EMS Week logo use for items such as printed educational materials, signs, posters, articles, or similar for your local EMS Week events. We ask that you coordinate with our official EMS Week vendor, Jim Coleman, Ltd., for items such as t-shirts, caps, cups/mugs, or other similar promotional items featuring the EMS Week logo.

Visit or email Jim Coleman, Ltd. for EMS Week promotional materials.


National EMS Week Information

National Emergency Medical Services Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine's "front line." This information can be used throughout the year for public education and safety programs. For additional information, contact us by email.

EMS Week is a perfect time to honor those frontline heroes dedicated to providing emergency medicine that saves so many lives every day. 

The 2023 EMS Week theme:  “Where Emergency Care Begins”

We send our best wishes for the constant safety and good health of all EMS personnel on the first lines who continue to take care of our communities.

National EMS Week - May 21 - 27, 2023

  • May 21 - 27, 2023 - EMSC Day is May 24

Presented by ACEP in partnership with the National Association of EMTs (NAEMT)

  • Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Day - May 25, 2023
  • 2023 EMS STRONG theme -
    “Where Emergency Care Begins”



National EMS Memorial Service and Weekend of Honor Scheduled for July 21-23, 2023 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Regan National Airport in Arlington, Va.

National EMS Memorial Service and Weekend of Honor  


Remember: National Stop the Bleed Day is May 25, 2023

Theme Days for 2023

  • Sunday - Mental Health
  • Monday - Education
  • Tuesday - Safety Tuesday
  • Wednesday - EMSC Day
  • Thursday - Save-A-Life (CPR and Stop the Bleed Challenge) "National Stop the Bleed"
  • Friday - EMS Recognition Day

NAEMT: 10 Ways to Celebrate EMS Practitioners

Future National EMS Week Dates

  • May 21 - 27, 2023 - EMSC Day is May 24
  • May 19 - 25, 2024 - EMSC Day is May 22
  • May 18 - 24, 2025 - EMSC Day is May 21

(EMS Week falls on the 3rd full week of every May)

Our History

ACEP was instrumental in establishing EMS Week when President Gerald Ford declared November 3 – 10, 1974 as the first “National Emergency Medical Services Week.” This annual observance continued for four more years and was then reinstituted by ACEP in 1982. Around this time the observance of EMS Week was moved to September. In 1992 EMS Week was again moved to be the 3rd week in May. The move was made to separate EMS Week from Fire Prevention Week in October. The rationale for the move was the majority of fire and EMS services felt having the two events back to back hurt the effectiveness of each program so EMS Week was moved to May.

ACEP began collecting and distributing ideas and information for EMS Week in the early 1980s. Professionally printed and prepared EMS Week Planning kits were developed starting in the late 1980s. Today 25,000 EMS Week Planning Guides are distributed free of charge to EMS services, fire departments, rescue squads, volunteer groups, and emergency departments across the country. The 48-page guide contains ideas for local EMS Week activities and highlights EMS Week programs held by EMS services during the previous year.


We are saddened for those who have died from COVID-19-related complications. Their names are listed for 2021 In Memoriam.



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