This week, starting May 15, is EMS Week.
I like to think EMS Week is about saying thanks to EMS professionals, recognizing their outstanding community contributions, and highlighting opportunities for EMS career development and advancement.
In my opinion EMS week should not be focused on:
1) giving away cheap trinkets like travel mugs and click pens.
2) offering large quantities of low quality and poorly prepared free food.
3) asking EMS professionals to do more by running health fairs, staffing blood pressure checks, or teaching kids to wear bike helmets. Those things should be done as part of healthy community initiatives, risk of stroke screenings, and bicycle safety month.
Thank you EMS professionals. I appreciate your efforts and sacrifices to be part of EMS. I am honored to support and encourage you.