GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) National EMS Week, May 18 – 24, recognizes and honors the hundreds of thousands of emergency medical services (EMS) practitioners throughout West Michigan and around the country. Now in its 40th year of celebration, EMS Week is a time for national appreciation of the daily life-saving service that EMS practitioners provide to their patients, and an acknowledgement of the important role of EMS in our nation’s healthcare system.
President Gerald R. Ford signed legislation authorizing EMS Week in 1973 and the first week-long celebration took place in May 1974. EMS was still in its infancy then, with organized systems of care and the concept of EMTs and paramedics just starting to take root in diverse locations around the country. Today, EMS responds to a wide range of emergency medical conditions (including trauma, stroke, and cardiac arrest) through first response, field medical response, and medical transport. EMS practitioners conduct nearly 25 million transports per year (predominantly by ground, but also by air), which represents more than 8% of the U.S. population.
E.S.C.A.P.E. Fire & Safety would like to remind communities to celebrate EMS practitioners during National EMS Week for the services they provide, and to recognize the vital role of EMS in protecting the health of the community residents on a day-to-day basis and in response to disasters.
Be prepared! Take the time to learn CPR and First Aid by participating in a course offered from your local fire department, hospital, ambulance provider or E.S.C.A.P.E. Fire & Safety.
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When emergencies strike, EMS and first responders are there 24/7 to help you and your family Where You Live!