Monday May 18, 2009 marks the beginning of National EMS Week and presents an opportunity to honor the men and women who deliver pre-hospital 9-1-1 emergency medical care throughout the United States. This vital service is provided primarily by cross-trained multi-role emergency responders who are based in our nation’s fire departments. Over the past 35 years, the fire service has been re-tooled to be an ‘all hazards’ responder including the provision of pre-hospital emergency medical care. Fire service-based EMS providers are located, trained, and equipped to provide virtually every community with timely pre-hospital 9-1-1 emergency medical response and patient care. Firefighter/EMTs and paramedics respond quickly, professionally, and compassionately in communities across the United States …and they do it everyday…24/7.
The Fire Service-Based EMS Advocates coalition recognizes the life-saving contributions and achievements, as well as the dedication and commitment of those who serve in Fire Service-Based EMS systems. National EMS Week is a time to pause and say thank you to the entire EMS Community, including firefighter/EMTs and paramedics …our nation’s all hazards response professionals.
The Fire Service-Based EMS Advocates coalition, based in Washington, DC, provides Members of Congress and federal agencies with information they need to effectively support Fire Service-Based EMS systems throughout the nation. For more information about the Fire Service-Based EMS Advocates and how to join the coalition, visit www.fireserviceems.com.
Congressional Fire Services Institute
900 Second Street, NE; Suite 303
Washington, DC 20002
International Association of Fire Chiefs
4025 Fair Ridge Drive
Fairfax VA 22033
International Association of Fire Fighters
1750 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006-5395
National Fire Protection Association
1 Batterymarch Park
Quincy, MA 02169
National Volunteer Fire Council
7852 Walker Drive; Suite 450
Greenbelt, MD 20770