NATIONAL EMS WEEK – Third Full Week of May

National EMS Week - Third Full Week in May
(Last Updated On: November 9, 2022)


Each year during the third full week in May, the country recognizes National EMS Week and honors all the first responders and medical professionals who dedicate their lives to saving ours.

Across the nation, communities and medical professionals will honor the contributions of EMS practitioners. From rural communities with little to no local health care services to major cities teeming with humanity, dedicated first responders provide immediate care during a health crisis. Whether there is an accident or an illness, these trained professionals work around the clock to quickly ensure care is available. Keeping up with the latest training ensures they know the most effective life-saving emergency treatments. EMS practitioners are professionals of the highest caliber.

The week is an opportunity to recognize these home-grown heroes and to highlight some of their achievements.


  • Recognize the accomplishments of EMS professionals in your community.
  • Reward them with a smile, home-baked goodies, or a community banquet.
  • Thank a first responder who came to your rescue.
  • Host an event recognizing their contributions.
  • Use #NationalEMSWeek to share on social media.


The first National EMS Week was observed in 1974 when President Gerald Ford declared the week to acknowledge the crucial work of this critical link in emergency medical care.


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