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By Allison G. S. Knox
Contributor, EDM Digest
The declaration was also part of a policy initiative to help develop the concept of Emergency Medical Services. Although National EMS Week has numerous underlying political implications, it can be a means of generating public support for Emergency Medical Services professionals across the country.
According to the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, each of the five days of National EMS Week has a theme that represents the diverse nature of EMS:
- Monday -- EMS Education Day
- Tuesday -- Safety Tuesday
- Wednesday -- EMS for Children Day
- Thursday -- Stop the Bleed Day
- Friday -- EMS Recognition Day
National EMS Week is a week that departments can use to thank their employees for the work they do throughout the calendar year. It is a time when communities can thank those that serve on the ambulances in both paid and volunteer capacities for their work in responding to 911 calls. The week can also serve as a key piece toward policy development when it comes to the needs of departments throughout the country.
Thanking Those That Serve during National EMS Week
Thanking those that serve in first responder roles is an important component of local politics. Politicians should ultimately make a point to celebrate those who work on ambulances during National EMS Week.
Conversely, Emergency Medical Services professionals should use National EMS Week as an opportunity to lobby for the needs of their department, while educating the general public and politicians about life on an ambulance. In doing so, National EMS Week can be used as a forum to start a conversation about first responder needs, an issue that often falls by the wayside the rest of the year.
National EMS Week can also play an important role in the policymaking process. While it is important to recognize the professionals who work on the ambulances, it is also crucial to start a conversation about agency needs at the local government level.