National EMS Week 2017: Always in Service

May 22, 2017
This week is the 43rd annual Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, which is a time to recognize EMS practitioners around the country for the lifesaving services they perform every day.
This week is the 43rd annual Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, which is a time to recognize EMS practitioners around the country for the lifesaving services they perform every day.

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By Kevin McGinnis, MPS, Paramedic Chief (Ret.), FirstNet Board Member and Communications Technology Advisor, National Association of State EMS Officials, National Association of EMTs, National Association of EMS Physicians, National EMS Management Association, and National Association of  EMS Educators

This week is the 43rd annual Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, which is a time to recognize EMS practitioners around the country for the lifesaving services they perform every day.  It is also a time to reflect and honor those EMS workers who have died in the line of duty.  Events are taking place throughout the nation to highlight their achievements and honor their sacrifices. 

EMS Week also provides opportunities to learn more about this critical public safety discipline and to get to know some of the first responders in your local community through events like first aid classes, awards ceremonies, health and safety fairs, open houses, fundraising dinners, and more.  For information about local EMS Week activities in your communities, please visit this website created by the American College of Emergency Physicians and the National Association of EMTs.

As a member of the EMS community for more than four decades, I would like to thank the EMS community, including our hospital and emergency medical dispatch colleagues, who are at their very best in others’ times of need.  At FirstNet, we are making great strides to build a nationwide broadband network that will enhance all of our communications and technical capabilities.  The FirstNet Network will also improve coordination and interoperability with our public safety partners in law enforcement and the fire service – leading to safer and more secure communities.

FirstNet will fundamentally change the practice of paramedicine.  It will enable us to be situationally aware and to make better clinical and operational decisions on the fly. I believe that career and volunteer EMS professionals will be the largest FirstNet user group as this capability evolves.

On behalf of the FirstNet team, we look forward to continue working with the emergency medical professional community as we build and operate the Network.

We thank you for your service – this week and every week.

-Kevin

 

FirstNet EMS-related videos below:

NASEMSO Rep: EMS Likely to be One of the Largest Users of the FirstNet network

FirstNet’s Legacy Will Be Rural America, EMT Leader says

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