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25 Ideas to Celebrate EMS Week

EMS week is about celebrating your individual accomplishments and recognizing the importance of EMS. This week look back and look ahead at your career in EMS. I have started a list of ideas to celebrate EMS Week. What would you add to this list of ideas for National EMS Week?

  • Start a new personal physical fitness plan by picking a race or event you want to train for.
  • Form a workplace fitness club. My co-workers began a club at our ambulance company called the “Heart Starters.” We train for and attend events together.
  • Write a note to your first EMS instructor and thank them for helping you get started in EMS.
  • Tell your patient’s its EMS week.
  • Send an email to your state and national elected officials that explains the importance of EMS.
  • Take advantage of free events sponsored by EMS agencies, hospitals, and associations in your community or region.
  • Begin planning next year’s EMS Week activities.
  • Read posts and write a comment at an EMS blog. Look for blogs at
  • Join your state EMS association to receive member benefits and to make sure your voice is heard on important state EMS issues.
  • Join the National Association of EMTs to receive member benefits and to make sure your voice is heard on important national EMS issues.
  • Write a list of 6 month, 1 year, and 5 year personal career goals.
  • Complete a US Fire Academy EMS training course
  • Subscribe to an EMS trade publication like JEMS or EMS Magazine. Reading about your profession is an easy way to be at the top of your profession.
  • Use an online exercise tracking tool, like, to track your workouts and attainment of fitness goals.
  • Create a FlickR account for your organization to show off photos of equipment, vehicles, training, and public events.
  • Start a YouTube channel for your organization. Create and post videos of training demonstrations and public safety messages.
  • Start listening to the EMS Garage podcast – an entertaining weekly look at the ins and outs of EMS.
  • Join twitter, follow other EMTs and Paramedics, and join the conversation.
  • Become a member of an EMS social networking site. You can choose between EMS United, EMS Connect, or JEMS Connect. Or join all three.
  • Update your social networking profile(s) with recent EMS accomplishments or training certificates.
  • Review your CE year-to-date and make a plan to complete remaining CE requirements.
  • Sign up for the October EMS Expo conference in Atlanta Georgia.
  • Join the National Association of EMS Educators.
  • Write a review of an EMS textbook or study guide at
  • Take a moment to be proud of what you do and pat yourself on the back.
  • Enjoy National EMS Week.

    By Greg Friese

    Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

    Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.