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Kentucky Board of EMS celebrates National EMS Week 2021

May 17, 2021

Contact:  Greg Hiles,, (859) 256-3469

Lexington, Ky. – The Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS) will celebrate EMS Week, May 17-21, following the national theme for this year’s campaign, “This is EMS: Caring for Our Communities."

“Now more than ever, it is important that we honor and celebrate our EMS professionals who are supporting the health and well-being of our nation,” said KBEMS Executive Director Michael Poynter. “The EMS family has been, and is still, rallying to continue to support those affected by the COVID-19 crisis, all while still managing to respond to the emergencies and challenges that occur in our communities on a daily basis.”

This year, EMS Week may not be able to be recognized in the traditional sense; however, KBEMS has launched a heavy social media campaign that will focus on topics like EMS education; safety; EMS for children; physical and mental well-being; Stop-the-Bleed and public CPR; recognitions of fallen and current heroes; and more.

“Many people see us strictly as a regulatory agency,” said KBEMS Marketing Manager Greg Hiles. “However, we’re extremely thankful and fortunate to be a part of the EMS family, and the best and most important part of our jobs is to be able to highlight all of the excellent things all professionals can achieve when they work together.”

Individuals can learn how to participate in the KBEMS EMS Week 2021 Social Engagement campaign at, which features tons of easy ways to get the celebration started.

KBEMS also encourages everyone to help us recognize the EMS profession beyond just this special time. After all, we are all better when we work together.


The KBEMS brings lifesaving, emergency medical care to the Commonwealth by certifying first responders and Emergency Medical Technicians, providing licenses to paramedics and ambulance services and establishing standards for education and training of Emergency Medical Services personnel. KBEMS is also a participant in the EMS for Children Program, which encourages providers to improve their pediatric skills and increase public awareness regarding the health and safety of children.

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