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The Federal EMSC Program partners each year with the American College of Emergency Physicians to honor Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week.  As part of the week, Emergency Medical Services for Children Day (also known as EMSC Day) is celebrated on Wednesday. EMS providers respond to the needs of millions of Americans every year.

Across the country, hundreds of activities take place on EMS for Children Day and throughout the week.  On EMS for Children Day, communities and medical personnel are encouraged to focus their EMS Week activities on raising public awareness about the need for specialized emergency care for children.

The day raises awareness of the need for improved and expanded 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. 


Support EMS personnel and first responders in bringing quality EMS services to children no matter the setting they are in.

  • EMS personnel attend webinars and review fact sheets and fliers
  • Review the latest information and resources regarding the specialized needs of children
  • Advocate for federal action and contact your Congress members regarding support of the EMSC program

Use #EMSForChildrenDay to post on social media.


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.

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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.