EMS Tips

25 More Ideas to Celebrate EMS Week

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Yesterday I began a list of Everyday EMS Tips for Celebrating EMS Week. Remember, EMS week is about celebrating your individual accomplishments and recognizing the importance of EMS.

Here are 25 more ideas from Everyday EMS Tips:

  1. Make a video about your organization. Feature the people and actions that make your organization special. Two amazing videos from that highlight the amazing contributions of EMTs, Paramedics, Firefighters, Police Officers, and Dispatchers to their communities are at the end of this post.
  2. Learn something new. Visit this page for a list of 100 websites that teach.
  3. Learn more about a specific medical problem. Research the relevant anatomy and physiology and study the pathophysiology. Emedicine is a good website to learn about specific types of injury and illness.
  4. Apply for a grant for your service.
  5. Apply for a scholarship for your education, a training class, or to attend a conference.
  6. Write a letter to the editor about why you are an EMT or Paramedic. Include information on how to join your department.
  7. Quit smoking.
  8. Watch less TV.
  9. Read a book about EMS. My favorite EMS book is Population: 485 (P.S.) by Michael Perry.
  10. Remember a friend or colleague that was injured or killed in the line of duty.
  11. Take any action to make your workplace safer.
  12. Remind your partner to wear their seatbelt in the back of the ambulance.
  13. Thanks for spouse or significant other for supporting your involvement in EMS.
  14. Go to the Farmer’s Market or grocery store to buy the fixings for a great fruit salad.
  15. Bake a cake.
  16. Buy a dozen donuts for your co-workers. (or buy something healthy!)
  17. Apply for a new job or promotion.
  18. Call a local civic club/organization and ask to speak to their group about your EMS organization or an injury prevention topic.
  19. Update your service’s website.
  20. Make a list of things your service has accomplished in the last year or five years.
  21. Make a list of things you want your service to accomplish in the next year.
  22. Call your medical director and extend a personal invitation to attend your next EMS meeting. Call your mayor next.
  23. Buy some new DVDs for the station day room.
  24. Recycle the old magazines in the station day room and replace with newer issues.
  25. Start a list for ways to celebrate EMS year round.

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.