May 15-21, 2016 is National EMS Week. It’s a chance to remember and appreciate the everyday heroes who are often the first responders in a medical emergency.
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) have chosen “Called to Care” as the theme for this year’s recognition week. As this year’s event planning guide at emsstrong.org puts it:
"It’s a powerful and timely reminder of how committed you are to the work you do. You’ve chosen to answer the call of a career that demands passion, purpose and heart—from all those who wear the uniform, day in and day out."
The website offers a downloadable planning guide with articles and suggestions on how agencies can recognize their teams. You can get a copy here.
It’s not only the public for whom EMS workers are “called to care", though; there’s also the self-care it takes to do these difficult jobs. The guide offers a number of resources to turn to for support:
- Code Green (codegreencampaign.org) lists resources on their website, including Safe Call Now, a 24/7 help line staffed by first responders, for first responders.
- NAEMT has compiled a resource library of articles, tips and other information about suicide prevention, mental health first aid and building emotional resiliency. Find the mental health resources at naemt.org. Under the EMS Health & Safety tab, choose “EMS Mental Health."
- Survivors Network Air Medical Community (survivorsnetwork-airmedical.org) is also compiling stories of survivors of close-calls and air medical crashes. The site has resources for enhancing resiliency, managing stress and dealing with grief and loss.
So take a moment this week and let your community first responders know how much you appreciate them.
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