"EMS is your safety net 24-7, 365 days a year," said
ACEP's president Alex Rosenau, DO, FACEP. "EMS professionals and
volunteers carry specific medications, have specific skills and can
take care of you at a moment's notice. They can get you to the right
hospital at the right time and in the right way."
EMS providers include paramedics, emergency medical
technicians, first responders, firefighters and police, some paid,
some volunteer. National EMS Week will feature hundreds of local
community activities coast-to-coast, including distribution of free
bike helmets, blood pressure checks, first aid classes, fire station
open houses and blood drives.
The National EMS Memorial Bike Ride and the CPR Worldwide Challenge
Day are among the EMS Week events occurring at multiple locations
across the country.
The National EMS Memorial Bike Ride honors EMS personnel through
long-distance cycling events that memorialize and celebrate the
lives of those who have become sick or injured or who have died in
the line of duty. The "Muddy Angels" are organizing rides in
different parts of the country between May and September.
The CPR Worldwide Challenge Day will take place in communities
across the country and overseas on May 21st, in public parks,
shopping malls and other public venues. Last year, 54,000 people
were trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, during EMS
Week. This year's goal is to teach tens of thousands more people how
to save lives and make their communities safer.
"Since President Gerald Ford proclaimed the first EMS Week in 1974,
ACEP has been a proud supporter of National EMS Week," said Dr.
Rosenau. "Every member of the EMS family deserves our thanks and
praise for what they provide their communities every day of the
[to top of second column]
EMS Week 2014 sponsors include Genentech, MedicAlert Foundation,
Physio-Control, Stryker, Vidacare LLC – Business Unit of Teleflex,
Inc., American Heart Association, EMS World, EMS Today, Journal of
Emergency Medical Services (JEMS), Advanced Circulatory, Emergency
Care & Safety Institute, Innovative Trauma Care, Jones & Bartlett
Learning, and National Association of EMTs (NAEMT). Our federal
partners are Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Federal Emergency
Management Administration (FEMA), ASPR/Emergency Care Coordination
Center (ECCC), and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
ACEP is the national medical specialty society representing
emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care
through continuing education, research and public education.
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing
each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A
Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed
by military branches and other government agencies.