May 20-26, 2018, is National EMS Week and this year’s theme is “Stronger Together.”
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), partners in presenting the annual recognition week, explain that:
"National Emergency Medical Services Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine's "front line." This information can be used throughout the year for public education and safety programs."
ACEP provides resources for recognition events and EMS Week products at its EMS Strong website.
Community Outreach with Emergency Care Training
During EMS Week, many agencies around the country conduct public training or other outreach initiatives to educate their communities. A collection of fact sheets on various emergency care topics from ACEP can be found here. HSI also offers free, downloadable infographics on SCA and AEDs on our website.
If you are an EMS provider who enjoys training and teaching, have you considered becoming an authorized American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) instructor? Whether as a side business or a new career path, HSI makes it easy to establish your own ASHI Training Center.
ASHI programs are ideal for instructors with an EMS or healthcare background, and allow instructors to combine their own skills with a range of certified resources:
- Flexibility with your classroom presentation
- Ability to offer advanced emergency care courses
- Wide variety of lay provider and professional-level courses
If you are currently a CPR or first aid instructor with another organization, we accept current credentials from other nationally recognized organizations or institutions as the basis for authorization to be an ASHI instructor or instructor trainer.
If not, that’s okay; contact us and we’ll help you locate a Training Center in your area that offers an Instructor Development Course (IDC). The IDC helps ensure you have the right skills and credentials to be an HSI-affiliated instructor. The course teaches you how to successfully present our programs, covering emergency care skills, a practicum on best teaching practices and the ASHI program structure and methodology.
From all of us at HSI, thank you to all the hardworking EMS providers who do so much to make our communities and workplaces safer.