White House issues EMS Week 2022 proclamation

In a statement, President Joe Biden declared May 15-21 as EMS Week, and highlighted the commitment and sacrifice of the nation's providers


By Leila Merrill

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden issued a proclamation designating May 15-21, 2022, as National EMS Week, honoring the work of the nation's EMS providers. 

“Every day, emergency medical service (EMS) providers put the needs of their communities above their own as they respond to crises, treat injuries, and save lives," a release from the White House read. "Their heroism has been on full display throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, as resilient EMS workers across the country have provided essential care to Americans.  This year’s Emergency Medical Services Week theme, 'Rising to the Challenge,' pays tribute to the brave frontline professionals who work tirelessly to help their fellow Americans get immediate medical attention in their hours of greatest need.”

President Joe Biden issued a proclamation designating May 15-21, 2022, as National EMS Week, honoring the work of the nation's EMS providers.
President Joe Biden issued a proclamation designating May 15-21, 2022, as National EMS Week, honoring the work of the nation's EMS providers. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The statement highlighted the sacrifices of EMS personnel, including those who gave their lives in service to their communities. 

"During Emergency Medical Services Week, we share our appreciation for the selfless EMS professionals who provide lifesaving services every day and risk their lives each time they answer the call of service.  We also honor the EMS providers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty to protect their fellow Americans.  Our Nation owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to these heroes and their loved ones," the statement read.

The first EMS Week was in 1974 and was declared by President Gerald Ford, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians


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