Happy National EMS Week!

By Steve Durante
CEO at Outerlink Global Solutions

Each year, The American College of Emergency Physicians’ (ACEP) National EMS Week honors our paramedics, EMTs, first responders, firefighters and police, by bringing together local communities and medical personnel to discuss the importance of safety. The 40th Annual National EMS Week is taking place now through May 25th and focuses on the theme, “EMS: One Mission. One Team." During the week, the ACEP and community organizations provide educational programs for the public on disaster preparedness, first aid, and a variety of other topics, as well as training for first responders.

Explaining the importance of this annual recognition of first responders, ACEP President Andy Sama said, “the extraordinary response by first responders to the bombings at the Boston Marathon illustrated what is best about EMS professionals and their commitment to saving lives…While others ran from the disaster, EMS professionals ran toward the victims to offer life-saving assistance. They didn’t hesitate for a moment to offer help where the need was greatest.”

EMS personnel risk their lives to keep us safe and it’s important to recognize their contributions not only during National EMS Week, but throughout the year. The team here at Outerlink is proud to do our part to support EMS personnel through technology solutions that help them to communicate anytime, anywhere. We offer innovative solutions to help first responders and just this week announced a live data connection with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that allows our first responder customers to access real-time weather forecasts and animated radar maps. This eliminates the uncertainty of weather in any given response situation, enhancing efficiency for dispatchers and responders by empowering them with up to the minute forecasting.

You can learn more about National EMS Week and events taking place in your community here