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Celebrating EMS Week 2023– Day 3: EMS Safety

Tuesday’s theme aims to foster a culture of safety, collaboration and preparedness within the EMS industry and in local communities

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We’ve made it to Day 3! Tuesday’s theme revolves around EMS safety, emphasizing the importance of both first responder safety and citizen safety training.

The nature of EMS work involves responding to unpredictable and high-stress situations, making safety a top priority for both EMS personnel and the public they serve. EMS Week provides an ideal opportunity to amplify the importance of EMS safety and create a collective impact in promoting a safer environment for everyone.

Check out our “EMS Week – Day 3” video below, as well as EMS1 resources for today’s theme. Whether you’re an EMS professional, a concerned citizen or a public safety enthusiast, this collection of resources will serve as a valuable tool to enhance your understanding of EMS safety and inspire proactive engagement in emergency preparedness.

EMS Provider Safety

The safety of EMS personnel is paramount to ensuring the effective delivery of emergency medical care. Providers are vulnerable to dangers on the road, on the incident scene and after the call is finished. Are you taking steps to protect yourself?

Scene safety


Awareness training

3 steps to improve EMS situational awareness and spot danger

The more complex the skill, the more attention it requires; so, how do we get work done and still maintain awareness of the whole scene?

Violence on scene


Assault prevention training

Implementing a training program to prevent EMS assaults

Learn how ATCEMS identified EMS training goals and implemented an assault reporting function to protect providers from violence


Bonus resource

How to buy body-worn cameras (eBook)

Get a free EMS1 body-worn cameras buying guide to learn key steps for product selection, purchasing and implementation

Citizen safety

Empowering citizens with basic lifesaving skills and knowledge can make a significant difference in emergency situations. These resources focus on educating the public on fundamental safety practices and actions responders can take to support these communities.



Gun safety education

EMTs, paramedics: You can help prevent firearms death and injury to children

Why EMS leaders should start local Be SMART Public Safety Task Forces to educate families about safe gun storage


Community risk reduction

Rachel Engel is an award-winning journalist and the senior editor of and In addition to her regular editing duties, Engel seeks to tell the heroic, human stories of first responders and the importance of their work. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, and began her career as a freelance writer, focusing on government and military issues. Engel joined Lexipol in 2015 and has since reported on issues related to public safety. Engel lives in Wichita, Kansas. She can be reached via email.