National EMS Week 2014: Dedicated. For Life.

May 19, 2014
National EMS Week 2014
National EMS Week 2014

Guest Blog Post by Kevin McGinnis, Chief/CEO of North East Mobile Health Services and FirstNet Board Member

This year is a big milestone for the annual Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week to honor the nation’s EMS practitioners and the important work they do in responding to medical emergencies. The week-long celebration of paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) started with a presidential proclamation by President Gerald Ford. To kick-off the 40th year of National EMS Week – which is titled “Dedicated. For Life” – President Obama has issued the following proclamation:

As a member of the EMS community for four decades, I look forward to this week every year as a way to honor the accomplishments of the men and women who perform life-saving services every day and to commemorate those EMS workers who have died in the line of duty. There are many events going on nationwide to celebrate their achievements and to educate the community about critical issues facing these practitioners, such as the need for improved safety standards, injury prevention, and disability tracking. EMS agencies around the country are hosting community-centered activities this week, including first aid classes, health and safety fairs, open houses, fundraising dinners, and more.

For more information about local EMS Week activities, please visit the U.S. Fire Administration website, which has links and features planning ideas, resources, and tools for EMS Week activities:

The National Association of EMTs has also created a website to promote and support National EMS Week 2014:

I encourage everyone to try and attend at least one EMS Week event this year to learn more about this critical public safety discipline and to get to know some of the first responders in your local community.

Speaking on behalf of the FirstNet Board and its staff, we are dedicated to building a broadband network that will enhance the communications and technical capabilities of our nation’s paramedics, EMTs, and EMS medical directors. To the entire EMS community, hospitals, and those who provide care for others in their times of need – FirstNet thanks you for your service.


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