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Reps. Guest, Hudson, Dingell Introduce National EMS Week Resolution on the 50th Anniversary of National EMS Week

May 22, 2024

Today, Congressman Michael Guest (R-Miss), joined by Congressional EMS Caucus Co-Chairs Representative Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) and Representative Debbie Dingell (D-Mich), introduced a resolution honoring the commitment and care of emergency medical services (EMS) personnel during the 50th anniversary of National EMS Week. The resolution highlights the important contributions of EMS teams to deliver timely and needed care and support patients in rural and underserved areas, all while placing themselves in potentially dangerous situations. Through the resolution, the lawmakers honor the commitment of EMS personnel and the importance of their role in our local communities.

“Our EMS personnel and first responders are some of the most important people in our local communities,” said Rep. Guest. “I am honored to sponsor a resolution to bring attention to our EMS professionals and be a part of continuing to support these important services for Mississippi and across the United States through my work on the House Appropriations Committee.”

"The brave EMS personnel are the unsung heroes of our communities, responding swiftly to crises and saving countless lives every day," said Rep. Hudson. "As we recognize EMS Week, we owe these hardworking men and women our deepest gratitude for providing critical care with skill and determination to ensure the safety and wellbeing of others."

“Emergency medical services agencies play a critical role in every community across our country. They respond to all kinds of crises – often risking their own safety – and work around the clock to keep Americans safe,” said Rep. Dingell. “I’m honored to sponsor this resolution during the 50th anniversary of National EMS Week to shed light on the role EMS plays in communities across the country, while highlighting the importance of supporting them as they support us.”

The resolution is supported by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) and the American Ambulance Association (AAA).

“As we celebrate EMS Week’s 50th anniversary this week, I extend my deepest thanks to all EMS Practitioners for the work they have done and continue to do,” said Susan Bailey, President of NAEMT. “EMS Practitioners are now providing medical care in a variety of settings. Our role has become much broader than ambulance transport. EMS Practitioners provide a full array of emergent, urgent and preventive patient care to those in need in prehospital and out of hospital settings. EMS is an integral part of our nation’s healthcare system and has been proven to be effective in major public health emergencies. This year’s EMS Week theme is ‘Honoring our Past. Forging our Future.’ Without a doubt, the EMS workforce has risen to the challenges with focus, determination and professionalism.”

“The American Ambulance Association applauds the Members for introducing this resolution,” said the AAA. “It is important that the country recognize that ground ambulance services are essential health care services. Paramedics and EMTs are providing evermore sophisticated medical services to our communities and deserve our gratitude.”

National EMS Week was authorized in 1974 by President Gerald Ford to highlight the important work that EMS personnel do in communities across the United States. For the last 50 years, the United States has highlighted a week each year for our EMS personnel and the important life-saving work they deliver twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year.

The origins of emergency medical services can be traced to the beginning of America during the American War for Independence and the American Civil War, as well as in World War I and World War II. Mississippians have also made notable contributions to EMS efforts throughout history. Paul J. Rainey, who resided in Cotton Plant, Mississippi, sponsored and drove an ambulance with the famous Harjes Ambulance Corps in Europe during World War I. Jack Ruby from Olive Branch, Mississippi, drove an ambulance for the Army during World War II. These early pioneers in war time helped to lead the way for the modern EMS movement.

Congressman Guest is honored to lead the resolution to recognize our EMS personnel and the significant role they play in delivering timely, innovative, and needed care to patients across the United States. In addition to Representatives Hudson and Dingell, the following Members of the House of Representatives joined the resolution as original cosponsors:

Rep. Brian K. Fitzpatrick (PA-08), Rep. Dan Crenshaw (TX-02), Rep. Claudia Tenney (NY-24), Rep. Don Bacon (NE-02), Rep. Richard McCormick (GA-06), Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer (OR-05), Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson (PA-15), Rep. Carol D. Miller (WV-01), Rep. Mike Carey (OH-15), Rep. Susan Wild (PA-07), Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC-03), Rep. Charles J. “Chuck” Fleischmann (TN-03), Rep. John R. Moolenaar (MI-02), Rep. John Joyce (PA-13), Rep. Darin LaHood (IL-16), Rep. Brittany Pettersen (CO-07), Rep. Mike Ezell (MS-04), Rep. Mike Lawler (NY-17), Rep. Trent Kelly (MS-01), Rep. Patrick Ryan (NY-18), Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03), Rep. Kelly Armstrong (ND-at large), Rep. David P. Joyce (OH-14), Rep. Elise M. Stefanik (NY-21), and Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE-at large).

Congressman Michael Guest represents Mississippi's Third Congressional District. Currently serving his third term, Congressman Guest serves as the Chairman of the Committee on Ethics. He is also a member of the Committee on Appropriations and the Committee on Homeland Security.