EMS Week



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2021 Theme "THIS IS EMS: Caring for Our Communities"

May 16-22, 2021 is our 46th annual celebration for EMS Week

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EMS Week is a perfect time to honor those frontline heroes dedicated to providing emergency medicine that saves so many lives every day.  We understand that the 2020 EMS Week was probably not a top priority due to the COVID-19 crisis. This year’s campaign will focus on What EMS is and what we do.

The 2021 EMS Week theme: "THIS IS EMS: Caring for Our Communities."  This theme is particularly meaningful now, to remind people that every day we are still there to respond, support, and care for the needs of our communities.

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 16 - 22, 2021

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

  • Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Day - May 19, 2021
  • 2021 EMS STRONG theme - "THIS IS EMS: Caring for Our Communities"


Our Continuation list of the frontline hero lost during the COVID-19 crisis.  We are saddened for those who have died from COVID-19 related complications. Their names are listed In Memoriam.




National EMS Memorial Service and Weekend of Honor Scheduled for July 23-25 in Arlington, Va.

On behalf of our friends and colleagues at the National EMS Memorial Service, the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride, and the National EMS Memorial Foundation, we wanted to share with you their announcement that the 2021 National EMS Memorial Service and Weekend of Honor has been rescheduled for July 23-25.

Every year, these events honor the commitment and sacrifice of EMS clinicians, including those who have become injured or ill or lost their lives in the line of duty. This years’ service will pay tribute to honorees from the previous two years due to the cancellation of the 2020 memorial.

Recognizing the dedication of these public servants and the losses experienced by their families, friends, and colleagues also serves as a reminder that we must never cease our efforts to build an EMS Culture of Safety and work together to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths.

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Remember: National Stop the Bleed Day is May 20, 2021

Theme Days for 2021

  • 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 16 - 22, 2021 - EMSC Day is May 19
  • May 15 - 21, 2022 - EMSC Day is May 18
  • 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)

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.

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 ACEP. Royalties generated by this licensing agreement contribute to the funding of these planning materials as well as designing each year's logo. 

Download EMS Week 2021/EMS Strong Logos

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ACEP 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.

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 1980’s. Professionally printed and prepared EMS Week Planning kits were developed starting in the late 1980’s. 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.



The National Pediatric Readiness Project
Pediatric Readiness: Every Child, Every Day

What is the National Pediatric Readiness Project (NPRP)?

The National Pediatric Readiness Project is a multi-phase quality improvement initiative to ensure that all emergency departments (EDs) have the essential guidelines and resources in place to provide quality emergency care to children. The project spans across the United States (U.S.), including territories and freely associated states.  The project is supported by the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Emergency Nurses Association, the Federal Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for Children Program, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

What is the 2021 NPRP Assessment?

The NPRP Assessment is a national assessment of EDs across the U.S. It determines progress in pediatric readiness, identifies existing gaps, promotes quality improvement (QI) efforts in hospital EDs around the country, develops national collaboratives to address common and critical gaps, and establishes best practices.

How does my emergency department (ED) participate in the NPRP assessment?

The assessment will launch on May 1, 2021 and remain open through July 31, 2021. ED nurse managers will receive several postal and email notifications with a link inviting them to take the web-based assessment.  Since only one NPRP assessment per ED can be completed, we encourage you to print the assessment at and review the ED Toolkit and checklist at Then collaborate with your ED leadership to gather information and prepare for the NPRP on-line assessment. Help your community by improving pediatric readiness!

ED managers who complete the NPRP assessment in 2021 will immediately receive an ED Gap Report that includes:

  • ED pediatric readiness score from 0 – 100
  • Average scores of EDs of similar pediatric volume
  • Average score of all participating EDs to use as a benchmark
  • Analysis to target efforts for improvement in pediatric readiness

Why is participation in the 2021 NPRP assessment important for ED managers?

The NPRP assessment helps ED personnel to be better prepared to provide quality care for all patients of all ages by evaluating the QI process of EDs over time. EDs with higher pediatric readiness scores demonstrate a 4-fold lower rate of mortality for children with critical illness than those with lower readiness scores; thus, improving pediatric readiness improves outcomes for children and their families.


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