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EMS Week 2010: a Time to Think About Safety

This is a guest post by EMS Safety Expert Jim Love. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.

EMS Week is a time to celebrate. It is also a time to think about safety.

I began my career in EMS before the first EMS week.  I remember the first time I heard of it and remember thinking, WOW someone is actually going to take time out to thank us.  We deserve the recognition.  We often put our lives on the line though few recognize it.  Sometimes we don’t even recognize it ourselves.

EMS Week is about celebration, celebrating the work you do- each and every day-often for long hours, little pay and less thanks.  As I said, you deserve the celebration.  You also deserve to celebrate EMS Week again next year and the year after. You deserve not to have your career or you life cut short- for any reason.

The Fire service side has a long history of an annual stand down day.  For 2010 this is being expanded to a full week.  Your safety IS that important.  Please remember to work the Safety Theme into your EMS week activities.  Leaders need to be vocal.  Keep these tips in mind for EMS Week.

  • Never assume safety
  • Communication is the greatest safety tool
  • If you work in a culture of safety- embrace it- recognize it.  If you don’t step up and help create the culture for you and future generations.

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Jim discussed EMS safety and safety education on episode 48 of the EMSEduCast. Listen to the conversation about safety education, safety role modeling, and safety education best practices.

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Dave is an EMS provider based in New York City for over 20 years and has been blogging for over 10 years. He is experienced in all facets of EMS Service Management, Emergency Management, and specializes in Event Medical Services. He maintains a blog at, is an Columnist, and will be authoring on all things social (including Social Media) here at The Social Medic.