“EMS Week is a time to celebrate the health professionals on the frontlines who save lives every day,” said Christopher S. Kang, MD, FACEP, President of ACEP. “Timely intervention from medical professionals, before a patient reaches the emergency department, can make all the difference in a crisis. Teams of dedicated first responders are doing everything they can for patients and their families and communities—overcoming challenges and individual risks and putting patients first to provide exceptional care to anyone who experiences a medical emergency.”
In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation's communities. National Emergency Medical Services Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine's frontline. EMS Week is presented by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) in partnership with the National Associations of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT). These organizations are working 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.