As EMS professionals, we’re the first to show up when the unthinkable happens. Like doctors, we deliver lifesaving medical treatment; like firefighters, we rush headlong into disaster; like police officers, we calm potentially dangerous situations. Our communities depend on our bravery, skill and clear thinking. All too often, however, our sacrifices are taken for granted.
Last week, during EMS Week, which runs May 20 through May 26, we were recognized for the risks we take to save the lives of others.
As EMS Workers United/AFSCME, we’re making our voices heard and building the power to strengthen our profession and better serve our communities. Our unified voice has national leaders listening.
Listen to Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) thank the EMS professionals of AFSCME Local 2960. Hear Rep. Gene Green (TX) share his appreciation for the work of EMS professionals after Hurricane Harvey. Watch Rep. Mark Takano (CA) praise United EMS Workers – AFSCME Local 4911 for their dedication to improving care and safety in our communities.
We also took the opportunity to educate thousands of non-union EMS professionals that having a strong union of over 25,000 members yields real results. This past year, we’ve had notable wins in AFSCME Local 2960/EMS Workers United in Maricopa County, Arizona; Local 4911 in New England; UEMSW (AFSCME Local 4911) in Northern California and more.
As we continue to grow and strengthen our industry, we will be able to further improve what we do best: saving lives and serving our communities with honor and distinction.