SCCEMS celebrates the 39th annual Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week from May 20th to 26th. This years theme is "EMS: More Than a Job, A Calling."
"EMS professionals have a true calling to assist others who are sick or injured," said the president of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), David Seaberg, MD, FACEP. "EMS at all levels represents hope to people in their most critical times of need. This calling comes through in their spirit of dedication, professionalism and commitment 24 hours a day."
EMS providers include paramedics, emergency medical technicians, first responders, firefighters and police, some paid, some volunteer. National EMS Week will feature hundreds of grassroots activities coast-to-coast, including safety demonstrations, EMS essay and poster contests, fire station open houses and CPR classes.
Here's how people can become involved in EMS activities at the local level.
Disaster preparedness at home Many communities train people interested in disaster response so they can join Citizen Emergency Response Teams, or CERTs. CERTs assist local authorities during disaster situations. Contact your local city disaster management office for more information.
Compression-only CPR Studies have shown that early intervention performing CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths can improve the survival rate of people in cardiac arrest. It is easier than ever to learn. Contact your local Red Cross or American Heart Association affiliate to learn about CPR classes in your community.
Early stroke recognition Studies have shown that the early recognition and treatment of stroke improve chances of recovery. Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of this medical emergency by contacting the American Stroke Association.