May 19-25 is Emergency Medical Services Week in D.C.


National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, designed to recognize emergency personnel—including call takers, dispatchers, EMTs, paramedics, emergency room physicians and others who work to save lives—is being recognized in the District. The event is sponsored each year by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

The District’s Fire and EMS Department has planned several events in observance of National EMS Week. This year’s theme is “One Mission, One Team.” The week will highlight the commitment EMS personnel make in the community. Each day during the week, the department will host education and awareness activities.

The opening ceremony took place at 10 a.m. May 20 at the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC) at 1901 Mississippi Ave., SE.

Fire and EMS Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe and his senior management team recognized more than 50 fire and EMS professionals for their outstanding efforts throughout the year.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Joseph L. Wright, senior vice president of the Child Health Advocacy Institute at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C..

The week’s activities included free blood pressure screenings at the Navy Yard Metro Station, the and Fire and EMS Headquarters on Vermont Avenue, NW, and at the Tenleytown Metro Station.; an Emergency Medical Services for Children Day observance at the Children’s National Medical Center on Michigan Avenue, NW, and a bike helmet giveaway at Engine 30 on 49th Street, NE.

On May 24, free health screenings and CPR classes will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at P.R. Harris School, 4600 Livingston Rd, SE. On May 25, parents can have their child safety seats installed at Engine 8, 1520 C St., SE.

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