National EMS Week is the perfect time to honor your local EMS professionals and promote awareness of their everyday service to the public. Here are eight inspiring ways EMS organizations from across the country are celebrating EMS Week this year.
AMERICAN MEDICAL RESPONSE
Worldwide CPR Challenge: Across the United States and overseas, people participate in the CPR Worldwide Challenge in locations ranging from schools to beaches to public parks and more. amr.net
The Truly Dedicated Contest: Braun Ambulances holds an annual “Truly Dedicated Contest” to recognize women and veterans serving in EMS. Grand-prize winners for each category receive a Kindle Fire HDX 7” 16GB tablet with a custom Braun Industries Origami Case. braunambulances.com
FLORIDA HOSPITAL MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER
EMS Luncheon: Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona, Fla., invites emergency professionals in the area to a special BBQ celebration in their honor.
GLACIER COUNTY EMS
Mc-EMS Night & Albertson’s Grocery Bagging: Glacier County EMS in Cut Bank, Mont., hosts EMS Night at McDonald’s, where EMS personnel serve food and take orders. They also do full-service bagging and carry-out at the nearby Albertson’s grocery store. All proceeds go to a special cause; last year, the proceeds bought bike helmets for children in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. facebook.com/glaciercountyems
NAPA COUNTY EMS SOCIETY
Survivors’ Reunion: For the fourth year in a row, the Napa County (Calif.) EMS Society reunites and honors survivors of near-fatal cardiac events with the men and women who saved their lives.
NEW YORK CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT
Lighting of the Empire State Building: For the seventh year in a row, the Empire State Building partners with FDNY to celebrate EMS Week by lighting the top of the building in yellow, white and blue and a siren halo. nyc.gov/fdny
EMS Preschool Visit: Every year, Siouxland Paramedics in Sioux City, Iowa, meet with young students to teach them about the EMS profession. Their community outreach helps kids develop trust in the local EMS professionals to take care of them and their loved ones. siouxlandparamedics.net
TRAVIS COUNTY STAR FLIGHT
Star Flight Public Open House: Travis County Star Flight in Austin, Texas, invites the public to check out (and get into!) all the helicopters on display, along with rescue and firefighting equipment. Visitors have the opportunity to talk with the flight crew and watch helicopter demos, including patient rescues and water drops. facebook.com/starflightrescue
How are you celebrating EMS Week in your community? We’d love to hear about it! Share your events on social media with #EMSSTRONG.