City of Detroit to kick off EMS Week by honoring first responders who are saving lives every day, host community training event

  • National EMS Week runs May 19 through 25, this year’s theme is Honoring our Past, Forging our Future
  • Detroit medics to be honored during EMS Week kickoff ceremony
  • Free hands-only CPR, emergency, bleeding control training for residents


Deputy Mayor Todd Bettison and Executive Fire Commissioner Chuck Simms will join city officials to honor the brave men and women of the Detroit Fire Department in honor of National EMS Week. Retired medics have been invited to join as we look to honor the great history and legacy of EMS in Detroit. Emergency Responders will be honored for their outstanding lifesaving efforts and their passion for the work they do serving the citizens of Detroit.

The Detroit Fire Department began providing dedicated ambulance treatment and transport services in 1972, with the mission to provide the citizens and visitors with compassionate and professional emergency medical care.  With the implementation of the Detroit Fire Department’s Medical First Responder Program, the city now has over 1,000 members licensed in the Detroit Fire Department providing care at the MFR, EMT and Paramedic level, staffing over sixty medically licensed Fire and EMS vehicles, responding to over 150,000 calls for service annually.

WHEN: Monday, May 20th 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

WHERE: Detroit Public Safety Headquarters, 1301 Third Street
Front Lawn and Skylar Herbert Room

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