National EMS Week,
May 17-23, 2020
National Volunteer Fire Council
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), in partnership with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), has announced this year’s EMS STRONG campaign theme: Ready Today. Preparing for Tomorrow. The annual EMS STRONG campaign provides opportunities to recognize the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) community, enhance and strengthen the profession on a national level, and celebrate National EMS Week, May 17-23, 2020.
The campaign brings together key organizations, media partners, and corporate sponsors that are committed to recognizing and fortifying the EMS community, commending recent groundbreaking accomplishments, and increasing awareness of National EMS Week.
“As we enter a new decade, we look ahead to the future of prehospital care. This future will include dramatic improvements in patient care, thanks to advances in research, information sharing, and lifechanging technology,” says William P. Jaquis, MD, FACEP, President of ACEP. “During National EMS Week, and throughout the year, we are proud to recognize EMS and fire professionals who tirelessly serve their communities and care for patients and their families every day.”
EMSSTRONG.org serves as a resource for stakeholders and the public to learn of inspiring stories from EMS practitioners, ways to get involved, and EMS Week ideas, activities, and templates. The web site, which is also home to the annual EMS Week Planning Guide, encourages EMS professionals and stakeholders to promote their own industry and share content on social media platforms.
“The 2020 theme Ready Today. Preparing for Tomorrow. reflects what individual EMS professionals and organizations do every day as they respond to calls for help at any time and in any place,” explains NAEMT President Matt Zavadsky. “The EMT and paramedic care of tomorrow will continue to expand into services that include community paramedicine, injury and illness prevention training, and CPR and bleeding control education.”
EMS Week dedicates each weekday to specific themes under the Ready Today. Preparing for Tomorrow. umbrella. First responders are encouraged to plan activities and events around these themes in their communities.
- Monday, May 18: EMS Education Day
- Tuesday, May 19: EMS Safety Day
- Wednesday, May 20: EMS for Children Day
- Thursday, May 21: Save-A-Life Day (CPR & National Stop the Bleed Day)
- Friday, May 22: EMS Recognition Day
Integral to the campaign’s success is the continuing involvement of the corporate sponsors, strategic association partners, and strategic media partners.
Corporate supporters include Genentech, American Red Cross, DrFirst, Health Scholars, Stryker, Teleflex, NHTSA/Office of EMS, National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT), AdvancedCPR Solutions, Aero Healthcare, Air Methods, Laerdal Medical, McKesson Medical-Surgical, North American Rescue, Sprint, and Zoll.
Strategic association partners include American Ambulance Association, Association of Air Medical Services, Commission on Accreditation for Prehospital Continuing Education, Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions, International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of Flight and Critical Care Paramedics, International Public Safety Association, National Association of EMS Educators, National Association of EMS Physicians, National Association of State EMS Officials, National EMS Management Association, National Fire Protection Association, National Registry of EMTs, and National Volunteer Fire Council.
Strategic media partners include EMS1.com, EMS World, and JEMS/EMS Today.
For more information on the campaign, visit EMSSTRONG.org.