The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) will kick off the 36th annual Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week starting May 17th with events in communities across the nation as well as several national events organized around the theme “A Proud Partner in Your Community.”
EMS providers include paramedics, emergency medical technicians, first responders, fire fighters and police. National EMS Week will feature hundreds of grassroots activities coast-to-coast, including bicycle and water safety demonstration, classes on household first aid, CPR demonstration and open houses at fire stations.
National events include the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride from May 16-22 which raises awareness of the National EMS Memorial. The National EMS Memorial Service this year will honor 91 EMS providers from 26 states who lost their lives in the line of duty in the last year. The 91 individuals being honored this year join 423 others previously honored by the National EMS Memorial Service. The service will take place on May 23rd at the First Baptist Church in Roanoke, Virginia.
In addition, Emergency Medical Services Day will be celebrated on May 20th. This annual observance draws attention to the specialized need for pediatric emergency care to ensure that every child in the nation receives the highest quality emergency care possible.
“EMS providers are a critical asset in every community, taking care of you in your hour of need before you even get to the emergency department,” said Dr. Nick Jouriles, president of ACEP. “This year’s theme, ‘A Proud Partner in Your Community’ comes at a time when many communities are reeling from the effects of a struggling economy. Emergency physicians depend on the excellent work and unselfish commitment these men and women bring to their jobs 24 hours a day, every day of the year. For this they deserve everyone’s recognition and thanks.”
EMS Week 2009 sponsors include OnStar, American Medical Response, Vidacare, MedicAlert, Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Genentech, Journal of Emergency Medical Services, The Stroke Collaborative, Emergency Medical Services Magazine, EMS Expo, EMS Today, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.