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EMS Week

National EMS Week 2019 - Presented by ACEP in partnership with the National Association of EMT's (NAEMT), will be May 19 - 25, 2019

  • Wednesday, May 22 is Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Day.
  • The 2019 theme EMS STRONG is "BEYOND the CALL."

Theme Days for 2019

  • Monday - Education
  • Tuesday - Safety Tuesday
  • Wednesday - EMS for Children Day
  • Thursday - Save-A-Life (CPR and Stop the Bleed)
  • Friday - EMS Recognition Day

Future National EMS Week Dates

  • 2020 May 17 - 23, EMSC Day Wednesday, May 20
  • 2021 May 16 - 22, EMSC Day Wednesday, May 19
  • 2022 May 17 - 23, EMSC Day Wednesday, May 20

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 today.

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) provides staff and financial support for the production and distribution of EMS Week promotional materials as a public education service. The generous support of our corporate sponsors also allows us to continue to develop and distribute the National EMS Week Planning Guides free of charge. Specialty items are marketed directly by Jim Coleman, Ltd. under license by the American College of Emergency Physicians. Royalties generated by this licensing agreement contribute to the funding of these planning materials. You can visit the Jim Coleman Company website at: jimcolemanstore.com or contact them today for your EMS Week promotional materials.

Our History

The American College of Emergency Physicians (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.

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