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Celebrating EMS Week 2024 – Day 6: Recognition Day

In the spirit of today’s theme, we express our heartfelt gratitude to the remarkable members of the EMS community who go beyond the call every shift

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As we approach the end of this EMS Week tribute, today’s theme holds a special place: EMS Recognition Day. It is a day to express our heartfelt gratitude to the remarkable members of the EMS industry who consistently go above and beyond the call of duty, embodying unwavering commitment and a spirit of service in their communities.

EMS professionals are compassionate individuals who step forward when others need help the most, offering reassurance, skill and expertise to those in distress. EMS Recognition Day serves as an opportunity to shine a well-deserved spotlight on these exceptional individuals and acknowledge their tireless dedication.

As we cap off EMS Week 2024 with this final recognition day, we want to say one more thank you from all of us at EMS1 – we are grateful for your tireless commitment to the health and wellbeing of your communities.

Check out our final video honoring the work of individual providers and learn how you can share your appreciation – for your colleagues and your community – for their support of your work in EMS.

Provider appreciation
Nothing drives personnel away like a lack of appreciation for the work they do on behalf of their communities each shift. In a time when recruitment and retention challenges top the list of industry concerns across the country, do your part to bolster the workforce by recognizing and sharing appreciation for your colleagues.
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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.