EMS Week 2023: “Where Emergency Care Begins”

EMS Week 2023 takes place May 21-27 with the theme “Where Emergency Care Begins.” The national campaign brings the EMS community together and acknowledges the accomplishments of EMTs and paramedics while building awareness of their important role in the communities where they live and work.

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), and other stakeholder organizations including the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), work to ensure that the important contributions of EMS practitioners in safeguarding the health, safety, and well-being of their communities are fully celebrated and recognized by their employers, the public and policymakers.

Visit the National EMS Week resource center at www.emsweek.org to find tools for promoting and celebrating EMS Week, insight from stakeholders, and inspiring stories about EMS professionals. Six of the days of EMS Week center around a specific theme, and first responder organizations are encouraged to plan activities and events around these themes in their communities:

  • Sunday, May 21: Health, Wellness and Resilience Day
  • Monday, May 22: EMS Education Day
  • Tuesday, May 23: EMS Safety Day
  • Wednesday, May 24: EMS for Children Day
  • Thursday, May 25: Save-A-Life Day (CPR & National Stop the Bleed Day)
  • Friday, May 26: EMS Recognition Day

A feature on the web site, “Asking the Big Questions,” includes a Q&A with NVFC EMS/Rescue Section chair Eric Quinney, among other EMS leaders. Check it out here.

You can also use EMS Week to help recruit new volunteers to your department. Find free resources to help from the NVFC at https://portal.nvfc.org.