Presented by ACEP in partnership with the National Association of EMTs (NAEMT)
(EMS Week falls on the 3rd full week of every May)
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.
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.
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.