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Celebrating EMS Week 2023 – Day 2: EMS Education Day

On Day 2 of EMS Week, we are talking education – both for providers and community members

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Ask any provider and they’ll agree — in an emergency, mere seconds can make the difference between life and death. However, the responsibility of saving lives doesn’t rest solely on the shoulders of EMS providers. In many situations, bystanders are often the first on an incident scene. Their knowledge and ability to provide immediate aid can be the difference between a successful outcome and a tragic loss.

But it’s incumbent on local EMS agencies — that’s you! — to create opportunities to learn the life-saving skills needed to be an effective bystander on scene. In addition, providers are also responsible for staying up to date on clinical best practices and industry guidelines.

Through a holistic approach to education, EMS agencies are forging a path toward a safer and more prepared society, one where lives can be saved through the collective effort of trained professionals and empowered citizens alike.

Check out our “EMS Week – Day 2” video below and take a look at the EMS Week Education Day resources we’ve compiled. How is your agency advancing EMS education in your community? Send an email to for a chance to be featured in an upcoming article!

Citizen training

In order for citizens to feel empowered to take charge at an emergency scene prior to first responders arriving, they need to be trained — on both the life-saving skills needed and how to harness the confidence to do it.

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Citizen Training

From ‘uh oh’ to taking action

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Citizen Training – CPR

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Stop the Bleed


Citizen Training – Stop the Bleed

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Continuing Education

Your own personal and professional development is paramount for long-term job satisfaction and advancement. It’s also necessary to stay up to date on the latest and best practices for clinical work and patient care.


EMS Continuing Education

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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.