This week marks the 46th annual National EMS Week. It is a week designated to acknowledge and celebrate the critical work that EMS practitioners around the country provide to our communities. Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers include Emergency Medical Responders (EMRs), Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), as well as Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedics (EMT-Ps). These individuals provide services that protect the health, safety and well-being of our communities.
The country’s EMS system was created in 1967 as a result of the increasing concern over the impact of vehicle crashes on our nation’s safety. This early EMS system provided for the emergency treatment and transport of individuals involved in vehicle crashes. In 1974, President Gerald Ford approved EMS Week to acknowledge and celebrate our nation’s EMS providers.
All firefighters in the Spokane Valley Fire Department are EMTs who provide basic life support (BLS) medical services for life-threatening illnesses or injuries. We also have firefighter/paramedics, capable of providing additional advanced life support (ALS) medical assistance. Our EMS providers are required to renew their certifications every two years. They must also obtain continuing education to recertify. Their continuing education requirements include training in the treatment of general medical issues/illnesses, trauma, cardiology, as well as airway management and respiratory distress.
Please join us in thanking all of our Spokane Valley Fire Department EMS providers as well as the EMS providers in all fire department and transport agencies!