EMS Week Activity Survey

EMS Week is May 19-25, 2019. The AAA wants to know how your organization is celebrating  this year! Please let us know what your organization has planned. Also, please be sure to tag the AAA is your EMS Week social media posts so we can “like” and “share” what your organization is doing! The best submissions will also be posted in the AAA weekly digest. Please email info@ambulance.org if you have any questions.

EMS Week 2018

44th Annual EMS Week “Stronger Together” May 21–26, 2018 Each year, EMS Week celebrates the contributions of EMTs, Paramedics, Dispatchers, and other EMS professionals to their communities. Thank you for your service! “The American Ambulance Association is committed to representing EMS across the United States. We work tirelessly to ensure that ambulance services receive sustainable levels of reimbursement, empowering them to continue to deliver the highest quality patient care. EMS Strong offers AAA the opportunity to collaborate with other EMS-focused organizations to bring attention to our shared goals. Together, we are even stronger.” Mark Postma President, American Ambulance Association AAA 2018 EMS Week The AAA wants to know what you are doing this EMS Week. Share the great events you have planned and be sure to tag the AAA in your EMS Week Social Media posts! New for 2018, EMS Week is proud to announce themes for each day of the week. Monday: “Education Day” to highlight both public education programs and EMS provider education Tuesday:  “Safety Tuesday” to promote Safety for the EMS provider, the patient, and the public; Wednesday: “EMS for Children Day” to highlight the special needs of caring for children; Thursday: “Save-A-Life Day” to promote “Stop the Bleed” citizen...

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EMS Week Contest Winners Announced

EMS professionals across the country recently celebrated EMS Week, held May 21-27, by hosting a variety of activities, memorials and both fun-filled and informative events. The AAA asked our members to tell us about some of their favorite ways they honored and celebrated their profession throughout the week, and we have selected three stories as our EMS Week contest winners. Here are some of the highlights: LifeCare Medical Transports (Fredericksburg, VA): “This year’s EMS Week began with us honoring those who gave their lives so that others might live, at our National EMS Memorial Service. On Sunday, May 21, we co-hosted the EMS Service Cyclists for a dinner on their stop in Fredericksburg, VA. The remainder of the week consisted of fun yet educational online EMS Challenges each day, with participants being entered into raffles for great prizes. All employees received a letter from our leadership, as well as EMS gift bags.” Armstrong Ambulance Service (Arlington, MA): “We love celebrating our employees every year with a week-long celebration of EMS Week. We annually begin the week with breakfast catered to the bases. This year, we brought carnival food trucks to the bases for a catered lunch of fair food favorites, including hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages and fried dough. On (more…)

Discovering the Meaning of EMS Week

Being in EMS since 1990 I can certainly tell you I have seen numerous EMS Week celebrations come and go. Did you know EMS week owes its founding to the American College of Emergency Physicians? In 1974, ACEP asked former President Gerald R. Ford to declare November 3-10 as National Emergency Medical Services Week. Since then, ACEP has moved the annual observance numerous times, finally landing on the third week in May. This move provided a distinction between EMS and Fire Prevention week. EMS has always been a part of my life, from the EMT-M class I took in January 1990 to becoming an RN in 2008.  I have done almost everything in EMS a person could do, volunteer EMT, Paramedic, Critical Care Education, ED RN and now vice president of EMS Education at OnCourse Learning. Let’s discuss ideally what EMS providers actually want most for EMS Week. This year, let’s dismiss all of the usual tchotchkes, mugs, t-shirts, hot dogs, pens and flash lights. I can honestly say after 25+ years, I’ve gotten it all and am a bit tired of it. The ED sponsored pizza, while a very kind gesture, always seems to go uneaten for a variety (more…)

EMS Week 2017

43rd Annual EMS Week “Always In Service” May 21–27, 2017 Each year, EMS Week celebrates the contributions of EMTs, Paramedics, Dispatchers, and other EMS professionals to their communities. Thank you for your service! “The American Ambulance Association is committed to representing EMS across the United States. We work tirelessly to ensure that ambulance services receive sustainable levels of reimbursement, empowering them to continue to deliver the highest quality patient care. EMS Strong offers AAA the opportunity to collaborate with other EMS-focused organizations to bring attention to our shared goals. Together, we are even stronger.” Mark Postma President, American Ambulance Association AAA 2017 EMS Week Contest The AAA wants to know what you are doing this EMS Week. Share the great events you have planned and be sure to tag the AAA in your EMS Week Social Media posts! New for 2017, EMS Week is proud to announce themes for each day of the week. Monday: “Education Day” to highlight both public education programs and EMS provider education Tuesday:  “Safety Tuesday” to promote Safety for the EMS provider, the patient, and the public; Wednesday: “EMS for Children Day” to highlight the special needs of caring for children; Thursday: “Save-A-Life Day” to promote “Stop the (more…)

AAA to Participate in 2016 EMS Strong Campaign

AAA is proud to announce its participation in the EMS Strong campaign during this year’s EMS Week. EMS Strong is a campaign that seeks to celebrate, unify and inspire the men and women of our nation’s emergency medical services. Learn more► EMS Week will take place May 15-21, 2016. We’d love to hear how your organization plans to celebrate. Please fill out this brief form to share your story!