Our society’s entire well-being rests on the shoulders of first responders. As part of an industry that’s prone to injuries, we at Menotti Enterprise deeply appreciate Emergency Medical Services professionals, who go above and beyond to respond swiftly to any dangerous health situation. While our goal is to never have to call them, we’re eternally grateful for the work they do.
May 15-23, 2022 is National EMS Week, and we’re eager to honor the paramedics who intervene in potentially life-threatening situations. In the unfortunate scenario that a construction worker gets injured on the job or experiences heat exhaustion, we know that our local EMS responders will stop at nothing to save the day.
How National EMS Week Began
President Gerald Fold established the first National EMS Week in 1974, between November 3 and 10. The American College of Emergency Physicians supported the endeavors, developing awareness programs and commemorative events. At that time, the federal government was investing significant money into EMS systems.
In 1982, the ACEP reinstated the commemorative week, and they eventually moved it to May to distinguish it from Fire Prevention Week. While paramedics and firefighters often work closely together, the awareness efforts and the nature of the job differ enough to warrant their own weeks!
What’s Happening in National EMS Week 2022
This year’s National EMS Week has big-name sponsors such as T-Mobile and AT&T. Communication is crucial to first responder efforts. The events include peer support for EMS professionals, awareness-raising about the challenges of the profession, and fundraising through EMS Week merchandise. The theme is “Rising to the Challenge,” something that we in the construction industry can empathize with. This year, though, we’re devoting time to honoring those who truly meet the definition of heroism as they respond to medical emergencies.
At Menotti Enterprise, we’re committed to elevating safety standards among our teams. That’s one way we’ll honor our EMS professionals — by affirming their safety principles within our industry. We also wish to publicly state our gratitude for first responders and encourage all of our team members, clients, and stakeholders to do so as well.
Responding to health emergencies takes a village. We strongly encourage you to embrace safety practices, learn first aid, and know what to do in case of a medical emergency. Your local EMS will appreciate you for it, and our proactive response helps them preserve their valuable energy for where it’s needed most.