National EMS Week: May 21-27

May 21-27, 2017, is National EMS Week, and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) thanks all emergency medical personnel for their dedication and the lifesaving services they provide every day. The theme of National EMS Week this year is “EMS STRONG:  Always in Service.” Use this national recognition week to honor the EMS personnel in your department as well as let your community know of your need for more volunteers in your fire and EMS department.

There are many resources available to help you celebrate National EMS Week from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and EMS Strong, a campaign from ACEP and the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. ACEP is also issuing a World CPR Challenge that serves as a joint initiative to teach CPR to community members during the week. In addition, use resources from the Stop the Bleed campaign to inform the public how they can help emergency medical responders by assisting in those initial minutes before help arrives.

You can find recruitment resources and tools to use at community events to raise awareness of the need for more EMTs and emergency responders from the NVFC’s Make Me A Firefighter campaign. Visit to post your volunteer opportunities and access ready-to-use outreach materials and recruitment tools. Encourage the public to go to to find local volunteer opportunities.

The NVFC proudly serves as the voice for the volunteer emergency medical services on the national level. Members can join the EMS/Rescue Section for free to be part of the national voice and help promote the interests of the volunteer emergency medical services. Learn more.

The National EMS Memorial Service Weekend of Honor will also be held on May 19-21. We are deeply saddened by the loss of all those who have lost their lives in the line-of-duty and we will always remember and honor their sacrifice. Learn more about the National EMS Memorial Service and the 2017 honorees here.

The NVFC is a proud member of the Fire Serviced-Based EMS Advocates Coalition. Read the Coalition’s 2017 National EMS Week statement.