Provided by the Prince William County Department of Fire & Rescue
EMS Week 2015
May 17th – 23rd
National Emergency Medical Services Week (EMS Week) begins May 17th – 23rd. This year’s theme is EMS Strong recognizing the efforts and sacrifice of an estimated 700,000 honorable men and women in the EMS profession who serve our communities nationwide.
EMS Week is a week in which the community is reminded of what EMS professionals do on a day-to-day basis on our behalf. And while there are many different delivery models for EMS across the country, National EMS Week celebrates all Emergency Medical Service professionals whether government, private, paid or volunteer.
According to the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT), EMS treats approximately 25-30 million patients each year with an annual expenditure of about $6.75 billion. Americans depend on EMS to assist with various emergency care needs such as heart disease, cancer, and strokes to individuals involved in traffic accidents, structure fires, and on occasion, the delivery of babies. In Fiscal Year 2014 (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014), Emergency Medical Services, in Prince William County, responded to 27,149 incidents in which 14,668 patients were transported to local medical facilities for continued medical care.
EMS Week began in 1973 as a nationwide celebration of everyday heroes who work in emergency services as Dispatchers, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), Paramedics, and Registered Nurses (RN) working 24 hours a day, 365 days a week serving families in their local communities. In addition to traditional roles as emergency responders, EMS personnel work in emergency departments, helicopters, cardiac catheter labs, doctors’ offices, and occupational and industrial settings.
EMS Week is a way of publicly acknowledging and thanking EMS Providers for their tireless efforts, dedication to life and their round the clock commitment to the communities they serve. During this week and throughout the coming year, take the opportunity to thank your local Emergency Medical Services for their commitment to the community and dedication to saving lives.