EMS providers: always in service

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By Erin Eagan

May 21-27 is EMS Week. It’s a time to celebrate those who dedicate their lives to serving the EMS professions. From dispatchers to EMTs, paramedics, police and fire department, they’re on the frontlines of day-to-day lifesaving services. We rarely expect to need the care of an EMS professional, but when an emergency occurs, those everyday heroes are likely the first to respond. 

In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized the first EMS Week. Since then, a lot has changed. But one thing that has not changed is the importance of the work EMS providers do. The theme of this year’s campaign is: Always in Service. All day, every day, people’s lives depend on individuals who have chosen a career in EMS. 

A career in EMS can be very rewarding, especially for those who are passionate about helping others and are capable of dealing with pressure-filled situations. And the technical colleges are the primary educational institution for people wishing to work in the field. With an associate degree, one-year technical diploma or short-term technical diploma in one of several areas, you can be on your way to a, highly fulfilling career as an EMS professional.

Across the US, EMS Week is highlighted with a variety of events. Check with your local Chamber of Commerce to find out how you can show your appreciation to the first responders in your community, or contact your local technical college to find out how you can join the ranks of the thousands of dedicated first responders around the state.