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EMS Week for 2016 has arrived, running May 15-21. Every day, you’re called upon to help others through one of the most frightening times of their lives. Every day, you’re called upon to provide a sense of security and relief during chaotic and challenging situations. Every day, you’re called upon to do the work that only a select few can do. Every day, you’re Called to Care – the theme for EMS Week 2016.
Often cited as the foundation of modern emergency medical services, this year EMS also recognizes the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking whitepaper, Accidental Death and Disability: The Neglected Disease of Modern Society. The paper, released by the National Academy of Sciences in 1966, assessed the mortality and injury rate among civilians during a time in which the number of people killed on the nation’s roadways was near epidemic proportions. It is credited with The findings and recommendations in the report have led to the development of an EMS system that is much more sophisticated than the report’s authors likely could have predicted. It all started 50 years ago! Read more about it here.
National EMS Week is your opportunity to show everyone the impact you have on your local community. Make sure that you make the most of EMS Week 2016. Here is a resource to get you started.
The Wisconsin EMS Association would like to thank each of you for all that you do. To help celebrate, WEMSA is providing the annual EMS Week edition of EMS Professionals magazine free of charge to everyone. Along with compelling feature articles helping you Prepare for the Active Shooter Mass Casualty Incident and writing a better Prehospital Narrative, you’ll find 64 pages packed full of messages from Wisconsin’s leading EMS agencies. Check out the EMS Week issue right now.Are you a member of the Wisconsin EMS Association? If not, join nearly 6,500 other members, including 365 Service & Corporate members, now. Individual membership is only $25/year.
At times, it is imperative for any organization to make adjustments and course corrections in order to keep the association moving forward to meet our strategic goals. Josh Kowalke, president of the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin EMS Association, has shared some changes to WEMSA leadership and what they mean to the organization’s future.
The primary role of a board of directors is to set the strategic direction of the organization, empower and hold accountable the executive director, ensure the integrity of the organization, and make sure members continue to receive quality services. In recent years, the organization has faced some major struggles, but with the support of our members we have gained momentum and overcome many of them. In order for the organization to continue to achieve its overall vision to establish WEMSA as a leader for EMS in Wisconsin, the right organizational structure must be in place to infuse vitality and energy to strengthen the vision and strategic direction of the association. Read More »
The EMS Professionals magazine issue for EMS Week has arrived! It’s always the largest of the year and is available to everyone, whether you’re a WEMSA member or not. Besides dozens of features, columns and articles, you’ll also find messages from Wisconsin and the nation’s leading EMS partners. Check out the full issue right now using our on-line reader. Copies are already in the mail to all WEMSA members and every ambulance service, first responder organization and fire department in the state. While, this copy is free for everyone to see, you’ll soon be missing out if you’re not a member. This doesn’t have to happen because you you can change that right now and never miss another issue.