National EMS Week

Following National Police Week, National EMS Week began May 16 and continues through May 22, with Wednesday, May 19 set aside as Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Day. Get more information along with the weekly planner at their website.

The National EMS Week Memorial Bike Ride began on May 15 and continues through May 22. It’s too late to register for this year’s ride, but visit their site for information regarding next year’s registration.

The National EMS Memorial Bike Ride, Inc. honors Emergency Medical Services personnel by organizing and implementing long distance cycling events that memorialize and celebrate the lives of those who serve everyday, those who have become sick or injured while performing their duties, and those who have died in the line of duty.

This year’s ride features three starting points: Bennington, Vermont, Portland, Maine and Paintsville, Kentucky and one ending point —Washington, DC.

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.” Do you feel that EMS responders get the attention they deserve? How do you think departments can better raise awareness of the services EMS personnel offer to their communities?