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50th Anniversary of National EMS Week Recognizes EMS Professionals, May 19-25

May 08, 2024

ACEP, NAEMT Celebrate 50 Years of Life-Saving Commitment With EMS Week Kick-Off 

The 50th Anniversary Theme “Honoring Our Past, Forging Our Future” Recognizes Emergency Medical Services Professionals, May 19-25

2024 EMS WeekWASHINGTON, DC—The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) will celebrate EMS Week May 19-25 to honor the dedication, commitment, and sacrifice of emergency medical service professionals around the country.  This year marks the 50th anniversary of National EMS Week and the 2024 theme is “Honoring Our Past, Forging Our Future.”

“Emergency medicine is a team sport,” said Aisha Terry, MD, MPH, FACEP, President of ACEP. “For many patients, their first interaction in an emergency is with the EMS professionals they trust to come into their homes and work in their communities. Emergency physicians are grateful to lead EMS teams and we are proud of our EMS colleagues who ensure life-saving care begins well before patients arrive in the emergency department.” 

In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation's communities. For the past 50 years, the EMS Week campaign has brought the country together to celebrate the accomplishments of EMTs, paramedics, and other prehospital team members, in addition to building awareness of their vital role in their communities.

“EMS Week celebrates the paramedics, EMTs, and other EMS professionals who work diligently to care for their patients and serve their communities in times of crisis,” says NAEMT President Susan Bailey, MSEM, NRP. “’Honoring Our Past, Forging Our Future’ reminds us of the proud history of our profession and contributions of EMS practitioners over the decades. We also must stay focused on the road ahead: evolving, innovating and ensuring that EMS has the support needed to continue to answer the public’s call for help when it’s most needed.”

An online resource center has been created for the 50th anniversary of National EMS Week (, which includes helpful tools for promoting and celebrating EMS Week, important insight from stakeholders in the first responder community, and inspiring stories about EMS professionals. EMS Week will feature activities, training, and special events around these daily themes: 

  • Sunday, May 19: Health, Wellness and Resilience Day
  • Monday, May 20: EMS Education Day
  • Tuesday, May 21: EMS Safety Day
  • Wednesday, May 22: EMS for Children Day
  • Thursday, May 23: Save-A-Life Day (CPR & National Stop the Bleed Day)
  • Friday, May 24: EMS Recognition Day
  • Saturday, May 25: EMS Remembrance Day


ACEP and NAEMT acknowledge the organizations supporting the 50th anniversary of National EMS Week:

Platinum Sponsor: FirstNet, Built with AT&T

Gold Sponsors: Stryker, Teleflex, and Zoll Medical

Bronze Sponsor: Emergency Nurses Association (ENA)

Partner: Life-Assist

Certification Partner: National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT)

Federal Partners: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of EMS, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and U.S. Fire Administration, Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).

Strategic Association Partners: American Ambulance Association, Association of Air Medical Services, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Surgeons, Center for Patient Safety/EMS Forward, Commission on Accreditation for Prehospital Continuing Education, Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions, EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center, International Association of EMS Chiefs, International Trauma Life Support, National Association of EMS Educators, National Association of EMS Physicians, National Association of State EMS Officials, National EMS Management Association, National EMS Museum, and the National EMS Quality Alliance. 

Strategic Media Partners:, EMS World and JEMS/EMS Today.