EMS Week Theme Days

Celebrate EMS Week Theme Days

EMS Week celebrates both the EMS profession and professionals for the vital role they play in the healthcare continuum. Each year, every weekday of EMS Week is appointed a theme that represents the multi-faceted nature of EMS; new to 2022 is Sunday, now designated as "Health, Wellness, and Resilience Day".

This section provides a pediatric focus on the theme days with ideas on how to celebrate each. Additionally, visit NREMT's "How to Celebrate EMS Week" for more celebration ideas.

Health, Wellness, and Resilience

New in 2022, Health Wellness, and Resilience Day promotes the health, wellness and resilience of EMS providers and patients. It highlights the need to recognize and care for the health and wellness of EMS providers and patients and share ideas on strengthening resilience. It is an opportunity to step back and take care of ourselves through self-care as well as to care for our fellow EMS professionals and the patients who are in our care every day.


  • Code Green Campaign
    A first responder oriented mental health advocacy and education organization

Education Day

Education Day seeks to highlight educational programs that serve the public, as well as the importance of continuing education (CE) for EMS practitioners. This is the ideal day to plan a community injury or illness prevention program and a special CE course for your agency. Consider in-person or online community education programs related to the prevention of falls, burns, poisoning or drowning.

EMS agency pediatric emergency care coordinators (PECCs) can play a pivotal role in educating the public about ways they can prevent illness or injury in children.

Event Ideas

In recognition of Education Day, here are some ways to help the community and EMS personnel learn to care for children in an emergency:

  • Host an EMS open house and offer public education presentations and training on the unique needs of children in the prehospital setting
  • Speak to local groups to share why EMS is a valuable part of your community and educate them about local resources for pediatric emergency care
  • Host a pediatric training course (see below for course ideas & educational opportunities)
  • Teach First On The Scene (FOTS). First On the Scene is a 4-hour course designed by NAEMT and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) that prepares the public to respond to medical crises that may occur in everyday circumstances or during mass casualty events such as shootings or motor vehicle collisions. Topics include: bleeding control, treating anaphylaxis with epinephrine auto-injectors, using naloxone to reverse opioid overdoses, among others.

Educational Resources

  • Abuse Recognition (University of Colorado, Colorado EMSC, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment)
    These online educational modules are intended to assist healthcare providers in determining the difference between accidental and intentional injuries in children. Considering many clinicians see few cases of child abuse in their daily practice, these case studies will improve assessment skills and build confidence in knowing when to report suspected abuse to appropriate authorities.
  • Emergency Pediatric Care (EPC - National Association of EMTs)
    Focuses on critical pediatric physiology, illnesses, injuries and interventions to help EMS practitioners provide the best treatment for sick and injured children in the field.  The course stresses critical thinking skills to help practitioners make the best decisions for their young patients.
  • Healthy Habit Allstars (OH EMSC)
    Designed to assist in educating children about public health topics. Animated videos are used to communicate complex health information to children in an age appropriate manner.
  • Illinois EMSC Pediatric Education
    Various free educational modules developed by the Illinois EMSC Program (Decontamination; Caring for Children During Disasters, Disaster Triage, Pediatric Seizures, Pediatric Hyperglycemia & DKA)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS - American Heart Association)
    Geared towards healthcare providers who respond to emergencies in infants and children and for personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units.
  • Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP - American Academy of Pediatrics)
    Prepares prehospital professionals for the unique demands of emergency pediatric care. From infant modifications to critical diagnoses to interacting with caregivers, our acclaimed course provides exactly what you need to confidently serve this population.
  • Pediatric Emergency & Advocacy Kits (PEAK - EIIC)
    Collections of best practice educational resources designed to empower providers across the disciplines, as well as families, advocates, and other stakeholders, to deliver
    the highest quality of care and support to children in emergency settings.
  • Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS - American Heart Association)
    Learn how to use a systematic approach to quickly assess, recognize the cause, and stabilize a pediatric patient in an emergency situation.
  • Pediatric Trauma Life Support for Prehospital Care Providers (International Trauma Life Support)
    Focuses on the special needs of young trauma patients. In 8 hours, you will learn the principles of proper assessment, management, critical interventions, patient packaging, and rapid transport. You also will practice proven techniques for communicating with young patients and their parents.

Safety Day

Safety Tuesday encourages responders to focus on risk and prevention rather than possible negative outcomes. It aims to promote the advancement of safety measures for both the community and the profession.

In addition to organizing community injury prevention events, agency pediatric emergency care coordinators (PECCs) can help educate providers about seeking help when needed due to stress and mental health issues associated with caring for patients, especially when caring for children.

Injury Prevention Community Events

National Campaigns and Tools

  • The Blue Campaign (Department of Homeland Security)
    A national public awareness campaign designed to educate the public, law enforcement and other industry partners to recognize the indicators of human trafficking, and how to appropriately respond to possible cases.
  • EMS Voluntary Event Notifications Tool (EVENT - Center for Leadership, Innovation, and Research in EMS)
    A tool designed to improve the safety, quality and consistent delivery of all EMS ground, air and water ambulance services operating in all delivery models. It collects data submitted anonymously by EMS practitioners. Any individual who encounters or recognizes a situation in which an EMS safety event occurred, or could have occurred, is strongly encouraged to submit a report.
  • Heads Up (CDC)
    Whether you are a parent, youth sports coach, school coach, school professional, or health care provider, this site will help you recognize, respond to, and minimize the risk of concussion or other serious brain injury.
  • Safe Transport of Children in Ground Ambulances

Kids Safety Activities

View a list of activities for children (activity sheets, coloring pages, games).


EMS for Children Day highlights the distinctive physiological and psychological aspects of caring for children, and serves as an opportunity to raise awareness about improving specialized care for children in prehospital and acute care settings. Consider planning a pediatric care educational event for your clinicians and a community program related to first aid, emergency preparedness, car seats or bicycle safety.

The EMS for Children Program would like to thank the thousands of health care professionals — EMTs, paramedics, nurses and physicians — who for the last 37 years have worked with the Program at state and national levels to improve the care provided to children in the emergency setting!

State Partnership Program Celebration Examples

  • Alabama: arranged for transport services to receive thank you cards from children and hosted an education day
  • Alaska: promoted EMS week through a newsletter and Facebook posts
  • District of Columbia: EMSC Team visited DC firehouses to provide pediatric disaster education
  • Kentucky: recognized agencies for it’s Voluntary EMS Pediatric Recognition Program
  • New Hampshire: hosted a fire & injury prevention day
  • Tennessee: teams held picnics throughout the week, and hosted a breakfast in one city
  • Louisiana: celebrated at the capital rotunda with a magician and hosted a CPR practice table and were featured in two news reports. (WABF, WBRZ)

EMS Agency/Community Celebration Ideas

Click here for more ideas!

Save a Life Day

It doesn’t matter how quickly EMS practitioners get to a scene—bystanders will almost always be there first. Save-A-Life Day empowers the general public to learn and apply steps that can be taken to help save a life. This is an ideal day to schedule community CPR and Stop the Bleed educational courses. Take advantage of the many programs and toolkits available that make it easier to coordinate these programs.


  • Host a CPR education event – train community members on the simple steps of Compression-Only CPR
  • Organize a Stop the Bleed training or provide pressure dressing and tourniquets for demonstration and hands-on practice
  • Host a child restraint inspection event where EMS professionals can teach families how to transport children safely

EMS Recognition Day

On EMS Recognition Day, we honor members of the EMS community who regularly go above and beyond what’s expected. It’s a day to give gratitude to first responders for their unwavering commitment to serve their communities. Plan a memorial ceremony, an awards event, a special meal, gifts and other honors for EMS Recognition Day.

  • Remember colleagues injured or killed in the line of duty with a public ceremony or a moment of silence (visit the National EMS Memorial Foundation or National EMS Memorial Service webpage for additional ways to memorialize EMS providers)
  • Host an awards luncheon to recognize an EMT or Paramedic of the Year, as well as all of your EMS professionals
  • Recognize a save
  • Visit a school or youth organization
  • Give gratitude to your family by taking some time off during EMS Week, relax, and be present and attentive with the ones you love

Stories of EMS providers saving children’s lives

2020 Thank You Videos

Created in 2020, view some thank you compilation videos below: