National EMS week was instituted by President Gerald Ford in 1974 to honor the contributions of Emergency Medical Services personnel and their dedication to their communities. This year EMS Week will be celebrated May 21-27.

This year’s theme, "EMS: Where Emergency Care Begins," honors the contributions of those who work on the medical front line. In a medical emergency, the first few minutes of a patient’s care can often significantly impact the individual’s final health outcome. These brave medical professionals rush to highways, homes, precarious environments or wherever an emergency begins to care for individuals, often on the worst day of their lives.

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