EMS Week

  • EMS Week

    National EMS Week 2016 - Presented by ACEP in partnership with the National Association of EMT's (NAEMT), May 15 - 21

    * This year's theme is "EMS STRONG: Called to Care"

    * Wednesday, May 18 is Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Day.

    ACEP is pleased to partner with NAEMT to announce the new EMS Strong campaign. EMS Strong will make EMS week a 365-day a year initiative to give EMS a significantly greater visibility among other health professions and communities. Putting EMS squarely where it belongs; as an indispensable part of the healthcare continuum. While National EMS Week will be an integral part of the campaign, EMS Strong will become the vehicle to drive awareness, interest and excitement about the profession year-round. Be sure to visit the EMS Strong website at: http://www.emsstrong.org/

    Future National EMS Week dates:

    2017 May 21 - 27, EMSC Day Wednesday May 24

    2018 May 20 - 26, EMSC Day Wednesday May 23

    2019 May 19 - 25, EMSC Day Wednesday May 22

    2020 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 at emsweek@acep.org.

    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: https://www.jimcolemanstore.com/ or contact them service@jimcolemanltd.com for your EMS Week promotional materials.

  • EMS Week History


    History of EMS Week

    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.

    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.


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