On November 5, 1974, President Gerald Ford declared the first "Emergency Medical Services Week." In his Presidential Proclamation that initial year, President Ford wrote:
“Let us affirm that the first year of this national legislation is only the beginning of our effort to improve this part of our total health care system so that no individual in this country will lack help when he needs it.”
46 years later, we continue to celebrate the advances in care, the dedication to helping others, and a system of pre-hospital professionalism.
EMS Week has a different theme each day:
Monday: EMS Education Day
Tuesday; Safety Tuesday
Wednesday: EMS for Children
Thursday: Save a Life Day (CPR & Stop the Bleed)
Friday: EMS Recognition Day
EMS week is different this year, but no less important. Maine EMS will share info on each of the days and wish everyone a Happy EMS Week!