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National EMS Week: Recognition Efforts for Emergency Medical Technicians

National EMS Week: Recognition Efforts for Emergency Medical Technicians

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By Allison G.S. Knox
Contributor, EDM Digest

There are a few professions where individuals make serious sacrifices for their community for the betterment of society.  Some of these professions include the military, and the United States recognizes fallen service members on Memorial Day. Americans also recognize living service members on Veterans Day. Other professions include the fire and law enforcement communities for the work that they do to protect citizens at the local level of government.

The United States also recognizes Emergency Medical Services for the fine work Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics do alongside the fire and law enforcement communities. National EMS Week is not only a time for the communities across the country to thank Emergency Medical Services for their efforts, but it also serves as a time for EMS to think about the individuals who paid the ultimate sacrifice while on EMS duty, and to educate the public on the needs of Emergency Medical Services.

National EMS Week

National EMS Week was originally created by President Gerald Ford to bring awareness and recognition to Emergency Medical Services personnel. Emergency Medical Services has been described as being vital to patient care and 911 emergency system.

National EMS Week Memorial Ride

During National EMS Week groups of people gather for a long distance bike ride to remember EMS practitioners who have died in the line of duty. The ride honors Emergency Medical Services personnel who have been tragically lost during National EMS Week.

Using EMS Week to Foster Understanding in the Community

National EMS Week also presents an opportunity for Emergency Medical Services agencies to educate the community.  The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians explains that EMS agencies can do ride-alongs with members of the community to help them understand specifically what Emergency Medical Services does. Further, open houses also prove to be helpful in educating the public, too. National EMS Week ultimately serves as a means for EMS agencies to explain to the community just what their needs are.  For Volunteer agencies, volunteers may be needed to help staff ambulances, and budgets may also be tight further complicating resource allocation.  Creating opportunities for the community to understand more about Emergency Medical Services during National EMS week will only help EMS agencies in the long run.

Conclusion

National EMS Week was originally created by President Gerald Ford to recognize Emergency Medical Services personnel.  Every year it serves as a wonderful opportunity for the public to understand more about Emergency Medical Services, while EMS personnel remember those that have died on duty while serving their communities. The week serves as a great opportunity for EMS agencies to educate the public on what they do while also expressing their agency needs.



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