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Video: ACEP, NAEMT announce theme for EMS Week 2023

The event celebrates EMS providers and builds awareness of their important role in communities


EMS1 Staff

WASHINGTON — The American College of Emergency Physicians, in partnership with the
National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, announced this week the theme for EMS Week 2023: Where Emergency Care Begins.

The national campaign, which honors the people who provide emergency medical services to our communities, will take place May 21-27. EMS Week brings the EMS community together and acknowledges the accomplishments of EMTs and paramedics, while building awareness of their important role in the communities where they live and work.

“EMS Week is a time to celebrate the health professionals on the frontlines who save lives every day,” said Christopher S. Kang, MD, FACEP, president of ACEP. “Timely intervention from medical professionals, before a patient reaches the emergency department, can make all the difference in a crisis. Teams of dedicated first responders are doing everything they can for patients and their families and communities—overcoming challenges and individual risks and putting patients first to provide exceptional care to anyone who experiences a medical emergency.”

The Resource Center for National EMS Week includes tools for promoting and celebrating EMS Week, insight from stakeholders and inspiring stories about EMS professionals. Six of the days of EMS Week center on a specific theme, and first responder organizations are encouraged to plan activities and events around these themes in their communities:

  • Sunday, May 21: Health, Wellness and Resilience Day
  • Monday, May 22: EMS Education Day
  • Tuesday, May 23: EMS Safety Day
  • Wednesday, May 24: EMS for Children Day
  • Thursday, May 25: Save-A-Life Day (CPR & National Stop the Bleed Day)
  • Friday, May 26: EMS Recognition Day

Integral to the campaign’s success is the involvement from the corporate sponsors, strategic association partners and strategic media partners:

  • Platinum Sponsor: FirstNet, Built with AT&T
  • Certification Sponsor: National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
  • Federal Partner: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of EMS
  • Partner: Life-Assist
  • Strategic Association Partners: American Ambulance Association, Association of Air Medical Services, Commission on Accreditation for Prehospital Continuing Education, Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions, International Association of Fire Chiefs, National Association of EMS Educators, National Association of EMS Physicians, National Association of State EMS Officials, National EMS Management Association, National EMS Quality Alliance and National Volunteer Fire Council.
  • Strategic Media Partners:, EMS World and JEMS/EMS Today.