#EMSWeek

National EMS Week

This is Emergency Medical Services Week.

Why should you care?

Well, given the more than 240 million calls received by 9-1-1 operators each year, in the U.S. alone, there’s a good chance you may be making one of those calls or be the subject of one of those calls in the near future.

So?

So, wouldn’t it be good to know when you call there will be a trained professional always available to answer your call, or the call about your injury or health challenge? And wouldn’t it be reassuring to know highly trained Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are being directed to your location as quickly as possible with the most current equipment, medications, training and communications to provide you the best medical care possible and transport you to an appropriate health care facility quickly and safely?

“Yes,” you said?

Excellent. This week-long recognition event is a reminder, to all of us, of the importance of this vital service we routinely take for granted. Like water and power, we don’t give much thought to them until we turn a faucet or flip a switch and nothing happens! Then we want answers and we want them now.

This reminder is also an invitation – an invitation to attend an “open house;” to learn more how the emergency response system in your community works; contribute to fund-raising activities; participate in public discussions about policies, requirements, staffing, equipping and funding.

Perhaps most importantly, it is a reminder to say “Thank you,” to the thousands of professionals who give of their time and expertise to help their neighbors in need, often as volunteers.

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We, at ReaLifeSim, are proud to partner with the EMS community by providing tools to help deliver the most realistic clinical training experiences possible, so they in turn can deliver the best care with competence and confidence.


EMS - Always There. Any Time. Any Where.

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I trained in EMS a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. Okay, not really, but it was the 1970's in New Jersey, so it sometimes feels like that.

We were on the leading edge of the evolution from those we affectionately called 'lead-footed ambulance drivers' to EMS professionals. We were trained first-aiders armed with O2, bandages, and a defibrillator. Now, EMS professionals assess, triage, and provide essential life-saving medical care in homes, at roadsides, and in austere environments. 

Throughout the years, our ambulance drivers, first-aiders, EMTs and paramedics volunteered long hours and sleepless nights taking care of the needs of our communities. They've missed holidays and special events with their loved ones, committed to help working with their family of emergency care and first responders.

This week we join NAEMT and countless other organizations to ensure the important contributions of EMS practitioners in safeguarding the health, safety and well-being of their communities are fully celebrated and recognized.

Thank you for your time and dedication. Thank you for your compassion and commitment. Thank you for risking your safety, for your bravery. Thank you for being at the ready to help 24/7, 365 days a year.