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NASEMSO is a Strategic Association Partner of EMS Strong

The EMS Strong campaign seeks to celebrate, unify and inspire the men and women of our nation’s emergency medical services. Created by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) in partnership with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), EMS Strong brings together associations, EMS services, sponsors and national media to honor the dedication of EMS practitioners nationwide.

EMS Week Planning Guide | EMSStrong.org | EMS Strong Press Release

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Celebrate These Five Days of EMS Week:

Monday: Education Day
Sponsored by: Genentech, Teleflex
This is a perfect day for EMS providers to educate the public about the ways they can prevent illness and injury. Education Day seeks to highlight community educational programs, as well as the importance of continuing education for EMS providers.

Tuesday: Safety Day
Sponsored by: Medtronic, Priority Ambulance, Stryker
Safety Day encourages first responders to focus on risk and prevention rather than possible negative outcomes, and aims to promote the advancement of safety measures for both the community and the profession.

Wednesday: EMS for Children Day
Sponsored by: Medtronic
EMS for Children Day highlights the distinctive physiological and psychological aspects of caring for children, and raises awareness about improving specialized care for children in pre-hospital and acute care settings.

Thursday: Save-A-Life Day
Sponsored by: PerSys Medical
It doesn’t matter how quickly EMS providers get to a scene–bystanders will always be there first. Save-A-Life Day empowers the general public to learn and apply steps that can be taken to help save a life. Two great examples are community CPR and Stop the Bleed training courses. Check for more information under the CPR Challenge tab on the EMS Week page at https://www.acep.org/emsweek.

Friday: EMS Recognition Day
Sponsored by: National Registry of EMTs (NREMT)
On EMS Recognition Day, honor local EMS heroes who regularly go above and beyond what is expected. Give gratitude to first responders for their unwavering commitment to serve their communities.

EMS Strong celebrates 50 years of Modern EMS

This year we take a look back at the last fifty years since the publication of the seminal whitepaper Accidental Death and Disability: The Neglected Disease of Modern Society that gave rise to modern American EMS. Its recommendations illustrated the need for a standardized and effective system of care for accidental injury, especially car accidents, which were the leading cause of death for Americans at the time. As the industry plans for the next five decades of innovation, it’s important to reflect on the profession’s history, those who have and continue to shape the EMS landscape and the major milestones that helped create modern EMS. Learn More

A History of National EMS Certification: Strengthening the EMS Profession

In 1967, the American College of Surgeons published an article written by Dr. J.D. “Deke” Farrington called “Death in a Ditch.” Dr. Farrington – often called the Father of Modern EMS – highlighted the dangers of automobile crashes on America’s highways. In response to the increase in death and disability on the nation’s roadways, President Lyndon Johnson’s Committee on Highway Traffic Safety recommended the creation of a national certification agency to establish uniform standards for training and examination of emergency ambulance services ambulances, which became the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Read More

The Definition of Disaster

Cheryl Crow remembers getting the call. A paramedic with Acadian Ambulance in Lafayette, Louisiana, she’d been a member of a regional Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) since 2011, but had never been activated – until this year. Crow was part of a DMAT deployed to Puerto Rico for a 30-day mission to provide emergency medical care to the regional ravaged by Hurricane Maria. Many other public safety personnel got the call they weren’t expecting when the hurricanes hit in Texas and Florida. “The definition of a disaster is an event that didn’t stick to the plan.” Read More

The First First Responders

In the days and weeks after Hurricane Harvey slammed Texas, one of the many narratives that emerged was the need for citizens to be trained in basic first aid and CPR. In the aftermath of the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, there was a call for more people to learn how to stop life-threatening bleeding before trained professionals get to the scene. EMS, while on the front lines of a disaster, also has a key part in building community resilience long before a crisis happens. From routine CPR classes to rolling out the “Stop the Bleed” training, EMS is critical in preparing the public to help themselves. Read More