National EMS Week 2015

May 18, 2015
National EMS Week is an opportunity 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.
National EMS Week is an opportunity 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.

By Kevin McGinnis, MPS, Paramedic, FirstNet Board Member and Community Paramedicine Chief of Maine’s North East Mobile Health Services

Paramedics and other EMS professionals are often called upon at unpredictable times to safeguard the health, safety, and well-being of our communities. This week is the 41st annual Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week to honor the nation’s EMS practitioners and the important work we 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.

National EMS Week is an opportunity 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. EMS agencies throughout the country are hosting community-centered activities this week, including first-aid classes, awards ceremonies, health and safety fairs, open houses, fundraising dinners, and more.

For more information about local EMS Week activities, please visit the website created by the American College of Emergency Physicians and the National Association of EMTs to promote and support National EMS Week 2015.

As a member of the EMS community for four decades, I’ve seen a lot of change in this profession. It has become a critical component of emergency medicine, community health services, public health and public safety. Going forward, I believe this profession will continue to evolve as EMS professionals gain access to more advanced technologies and expand their roles to meet community health needs as shown in the video clip below.

On behalf of the FirstNet Board and its staff, I would like to thank members of the EMS community, including our hospital and emergency medical dispatch colleagues, who are at their very best in others’ times of need. At FirstNet, we are dedicated to building a broadband network that will enhance the communications and technical capabilities of our nation’s EMS team.

Thanks again,
Kevin

View a video of Kevin McGinnis presenting on EMS technologies at the Two-Day SPOC Meeting in April 2015.

View Images of EMS on the FirstNet Flickr, or click on the image below.

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