As both a tourist destination and a place to live, Florida has a lot going for it. As you know, among other things, the state has more than 1,300 miles of coastline and a fantastic climate. It is also home to some of the most iconic theme parks in the country, if not the world. There are also world-class beaches and cosmopolitan cities.

Unfortunately this also means there are plenty of ways to get into trouble. Even right here in our town of Tallahassee. When that happens, Florida’s emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics answer the call.

In all, there are roughly 66,000 EMTs and paramedics in Florida. Collectively, they provide emergency medical services, or EMS, for more than 21 million Floridians and countless tourists. 

Why do we share this with you? This week is officially designated as National EMS Week. Since 1974, this week has been set aside to recognize America’s EMTs and paramedics.

This year, organizers assigned a specific theme to each day of the week. Each one reflects a different aspect of EMS. This week kicked off with EMS Education Day and Safety Tuesday. Wednesday is EMS for Children Day and Thursday is Save-a-Life Day, with emphasis on CPR and first aid. The week will wrap up with EMS Recognition Day on Friday.

Ordinarily, this is a time when the general public and EMS workers celebrate together.  Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic may force the cancellation of traditional activities such as open houses or cookouts. Check your local rescue squad’s website, or call to ask about virtual activities that you can join to show your support.

In the meantime, here are some ways you can show your appreciation now and in the future:

  • Have food delivered to a local rescue squad.
  • Have your kids draw pictures that you can mail or drop off at your local rescue squad.
  • Make thank you notes with the family and mail them or drop them off at your local rescue squad.
  • Write a Letter to the Editor of your local newspaper expressing your appreciation.
  • Display posters or signs  in your front yard thanking EMTs and paramedics for the work they do.
  • If you can do so safely, participate in community events that are being held to recognize EMTs and paramedics.

Most importantly, we want you and your family to stay safe and be well. As COVID-19 slowly relinquishes its grip, use common sense and common courtesy while you are out and about. Ultimately, it may be the best way to thank Florida’s paramedics and EMTs. Of course, at any time do not wait to reach out to us for help. We are your local community law firm ready and willing to assist you.