This week at Johnson County MED-ACT, we’re celebrating not only 46 years of service, but the 46th Annual National Emergency Medical Services Week. A week that was first nationally recognized in 1974 by President Gerald Ford, this week celebrates all the men and women of the emergency services family. Each year, the week is represented by a theme, which is created annually by the American College of Emergency Physicians and the National Association of EMTs. The theme this year is, “This is EMS: Caring for Our Communities.
The week is showcased across the country with themed days Monday through Friday, starting with EMS Education Day, and heading through Safety Tuesday, EMS for Children Wednesday, Save-a-Life Thursday and EMS Recognition Friday. In honor of the theme days, MED-ACT will be posting information on social media (@jocomedact) about each day, as well as paramedic profiles showcasing a few of their medics who volunteered their time to interview.
We asked J. Paul Davis, MED-ACT director and chief what EMS Week and the department meant to him, and he gave us insight into his vision and mission.
“Our mission is enlivened by our excellent corps of personnel,” Davis said. Through their dedication to service and compassionate care, they ensure medical emergencies in Johnson County have the best possible outcome. By ensuring the continuum of out-of-hospital care and helping to prepare our community, their work results in a community-wide feeling of safety and confidence.”
A special letter from the chief went out to all of the paramedics this morning, as well as posted online to share with all the EMS personnel in the area. The next few days, paramedics will have a chance to have breakfast together for the first time in over a year, and celebrate while still social distancing at different hospital hosted events. We look forward to a quiet but fun week as we continue to celebrate another year in service to the community. We thank everyone for their support during this week.