Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department (AVFRD) celebrates EMS Week to honor the dedication and service of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professionals who work tirelessly to help save lives and provide critical care to those in need. EMS Week provides an opportunity to recognize and thank EMS professionals for their hard work and commitment to their communities. 

EMS professionals include emergency medical technicians (EMTs), paramedics, firefighters, and other first responders who provide pre-hospital care and medical transportation to those in need. They are often the first ones on the scene of an emergency, and their quick response and expertise can mean the difference between life and death. 

EMS Week was first established in 1974 by President Gerald Ford to recognize the important work of EMS professionals and the critical role they play in our communities. Today, it is celebrated annually during the third week of May to raise awareness of the vital work done by EMS professionals and to honor their contributions. 

During EMS Week, communities across the country come together to show their appreciation for EMS professionals by hosting events, providing education and training opportunities, and recognizing the hard work and dedication of EMS professionals. By celebrating EMS Week, we can help raise awareness of the important work done by EMS professionals and show our gratitude for their selfless service. 

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