May 20-26, 2007 will be the 34th Annual National EMS Week.
This week of activities to honor EMS is organized by the American College of Emergency Physicians, and this year's theme is "EMS: Extraordinary People, Extraordinary Service."
"As this year's theme emphasizes, EMS providers are dedicated to saving lives, even putting their own lives on hold as they respond to medical emergencies," said Dr. Brian Keaton, president of ACEP, in a prepared statement. "They do this every day without special recognition, which is why we are recognizing EMS providers this year as extraordinary."
The purpose of the event is also to raise public awareness about health and safety issues, including how to prevent injuries and what to do in a medical emergency.
Each year, ACEP develops and distributes EMS Week organizational kits to help communities plan and promote activities for the week. The kits are made available free to the public thanks to this year's EMS Week 2007 corporate sponsors, including EMS Magazine.
ACEP's program resources include a 2007 planning kit, logos, posters, fact sheets, and more. To obtain an EMS Week kit, call 800-798-1822, touch 6, or visit ACEP's EMS Week Web site or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. EMS Week kits can also be obtained from your local state EMS office or any EMS Week partner organization.