Alexandria Fire Department Recognizes 44th Annual EMS Week

Page updated on May 22, 2018 at 9:47 AM

Alexandria Fire Department Recognizes 44th Annual EMS Week 

In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation's communities. Back then, EMS was a new profession, and EMS practitioners had only just started to be recognized as a critical component of emergency medicine and the public health safety net. Since then, EMS is now firmly established as an essential public function and a vital component of the medical care continuum.

On any given day, EMS practitioners help save lives by responding to medical emergencies, including heart attack, difficulty breathing, a fall or accident, drowning, cardiac arrest, stroke, drug overdose, or acute illness. In an effort to recognize EMS personnel and to honor 2018 EMS Week, May 20-26, the Alexandria Fire Department will present a series of videos highlighting EMS education, safety, EMS for children, hands-only CPR, and individual firefighter/medic experiences. For additional information, see the official news release, and visit this webpage and our official social media accounts daily to view this year's video series.

During 2018 EMS Week, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) is recognizing Safety Day on Tuesday, May 22. It's important to take safety precautions at home and while at play in an effort to prevent injuries and other accidents. Use protective measures and learn safe behaviors to avoid injuries. Prevention + Education = Protection.

At Home:

  • Install and maintain smoke and carbon monoxide detectorsEMS Units
  • Keep medicine, poisonous products, matches, and lighters out of the reach of children
  • Establish a home fire escape plan and ensure all family members are familiar with it
  • Establish a family communication plan
  • Maintain your home's maintenance and electrical equipment in safe working order
  • Install grab bars and safety devices for older family members
  • Learn CPR and first aid
  • Assemble a disaster supply kit that contains at least the basics: water, food, first aid supplies, clothing, bedding, tools, and emergency supplies

At Play:

  • Use appropriate safety equipment when riding a bike, scooter, or skateboard (helmet, elbow/knee pads, etc.)
  • Never leave children unattended around water, and have safety/rescue equipment available
  • Ensure you're properly hydrated and using sunscreen protection when outdoors
  • Use safe pedestrian practices and wear clothing visible to motorist