(Last Updated On: February 3, 2023)


We celebrate Emergency Medical Services for Children Day on Wednesday during Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week. Also known as EMS Day, we give special thanks to EMS providers for the way they respond to the needs of millions of Americans every year.


On Emergency Medical Services for Children Day, we raise awareness of the need improving specialized care for children. Emergency care often comes from parents, caregivers, trained EMS providers and hospital personnel. Together, they strive to meet the unique needs of critically ill or injured pediatric patients. 

Emergency Medical Services are a combination of resources that make up a large system. The organizational structure of EMS not only provides medical services, it also provides financial and community services. Agencies in EMS services include fire departments, law enforcement, search and rescue and medical personnel. In its entirety, EMS services is massive.

The primary goal of any EMS service is to provide emergency medical care. All EMS service are members of a community that are first on scene of an emergency and can identify health problems. Whether an emergency includes a accident, hazard spills or a life threatening illness, EMS service providers are trained individuals who have one goal–provide emergency medical care.

The network of EMS consists of, but are not limited to:

  • Private and public agencies.
  • Hospitals and trauma centers.
  • Rehab facilities.
  • Trained professionals for emergency treatment.
  • 911 networks.
  • Volunteers.
  • Federal, state, city and county government officials.


  • Support EMS personnel and first responders
  • Help bring quality EMS services to children and the entire community.
  • Participate in some of the hundreds of activities on EMS for Children Day and throughout the week.
  • Attend a training, in person or online, on EMS training.
  • Read fact sheets and fliers regarding EMS services.
  • Visit an EMS facility.
  • Update your knowledge on assisting in an emergency situations.
  • Take a First Aid course.
  • Advocate and support EMSC program in your area.
  • Use #EMSForChildrenDay to post on social media.


1967: The establishment of Division of Emergency Treatment & Transfer begins as a result to a growing concern highway crashes as dedication to EMS.

1969: Dr. William Haddon, former Director of the NHSB, introduces the first DOT Inter-Departmental Safety Seminar. Also known as the Haddon Matrix, the Matrix was the first groundbreaking model for EMS services.

1971: The National Standard Curriculum for EMTs becomes available as a national curriculum for EMTs. The curriculum sets the first national standards for the education of EMS professionals.

1974: President Gerald Ford declares November 3-10, 1974 as the first “National Emergency Medical Services Week.”

1984: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funds the new EMS for Children program.

1996: A community effort to guide the development of EMS systems appears.

2001: Establishment of the National EMS Information System, or NEMSIS, reaches local, regional and state levels. The new system will lay foundation for better data collection regarding EMS services and training.

2005: The National 911 Program is born, providing a reliable and cost-effective system taking advantage of new communications technologies.

2007-2013: Assessments, technology, recommendations and funding improve the EMS service system.

2019: Nearly two decades after the original EMS Agenda for the Future was published, hundreds of stakeholders from the EMS community create a new innovative vision for the EMS system.

National EMSC Day was founded by the federal EMSC Program and partners with the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Emergency Nurses Association to raise awareness concerning the need for improved care for children in prehospital and acute care settings.

May 19th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


The Ringling Brothers stage their first circus.


A month after Halley’s Comet reached perihelion, the Earth passes through the comet’s tail. Indecently, author Mark Twain was born during the comet’s previous visit in 1835. The author predicted he would die during the comet’s 1910 visit. He died on April 21, 1910, one day following the comet’s perihelion.


Calaveras County, California hosts their first Frog Jumping Jubilee.


Marilyn Monroe sings “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy at his New York birthday celebration.

May 19th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

John Hopkins – 1795

Born to Quakers Samuel Hopkins and Hannah Janney, Johns Hopkins became a successful businessman and philanthropist. Hopkins’ forward-thinking provided for the development of Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine among others. As a result, these facilities contribute to advanced research into disease and healthcare.

Henry G. Ginaca – 1876

Through Henry Gabriel Ginaca, the pineapple is more readily packaged, shipped, and consumed. Ginaca engineered the machine that automatically peeled and cored the Hawaiian fruit for the Dole Packaged Foods Company in 1911.

Frank Luke – 1897

During World War I, Frank Luke became known as the second-ranked American fighting ace after Eddie Rickenbacker. He would be shot down after on September 29, 1918, after a  string of victories. Luke was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously.

Malcolm X – 1925

The one-time minister of the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X played a pivotal counterpoint to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s peaceful activism the Civil Rights Movement, and racism. In later years, the eloquent orator found a renewed hope after divesting himself from the Nation of Islam. He was assassinated in 1965.

Lorraine Hansberry – 1930

Lorraine Hansberry wrote the award-winning Broadway play A Raisin in the Sun.

Mario Chalmers – 1986

Mario Chalmers is a point guard for the Memphis Grizzlies. He was drafted as the 34th pick overall in the 2008 NBA draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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