“EMS Strong – Always in Service”
Virginians rely on Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel to respond to the call for help and to provide quality prehospital care. Last year, nearly 1.5 million EMS calls, approximately 4,063 incidents per day were documented in Virginia’s web-based, electronic patient care data collection system.
During this special week, we recognize the dedication of more than 34,000 EMS providers and 631 agencies in Virginia. We commend their continued commitment to the citizens of the Commonwealth and to the EMS system. We are especially thankful for their life-saving efforts, not just during this week but every day!
New this year – National EMS Week will feature a theme for each day of this special week. Learn more about EMS Week and download a copy of the planning guide at http://www.acep.org/emsweek/.
The 2017 EMS Week theme days are as follows:
- Monday is “Education Day” to highlight both public education programs and EMS provider education;
- Tuesday is “Safety Tuesday” to promote safety for the EMS provider, the patient and the public;
- Wednesday remains “EMS for Children Day,” to highlight the special needs of the pediatric patient;
- Thursday is “Save-A-Life Day,” to promote “Stop the Bleed” – citizen bleeding control education, “Until Help Arrives” – active bystander training, public CPR programs and other related education programs;
- Friday is “EMS Recognition Day,” to recognize your local EMS heroes and those saved by the EMS system.
Please join us in recognizing the inspiring contributions of our extraordinary EMS providers, as we thank them for their dedication to serving their neighbors and communities.
- We invite you to share your EMS Week events and promotions on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
- View the EMS Week press release.
- View the Governor’s proclamation for EMS Week in Virginia.
- Learn more about the EMS Week Essay Contest.
- Learn more about the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride http://www.muddyangels.org/.
- New this year – Participants of the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride will honor the lost lives of 49 individuals at a ceremony at the Virginia Public Safety Memorial, May 23, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. on the grounds of the Virginia State Capitol. Read more about the Tour of Richmond to Honor Fallen EMTs and Paramedics.