America’s Emergency Medical Services, more commonly known as EMS, are the frontline responders. They provide medical care to millions of Americans every day, responding to emergency incidents day in and day out across the US.
EMS dates back centuries and has seen rapid advances during times of war. At least as far back as the Greek and Roman eras, chariots were used to remove injured soldiers from the battlefield. The first ambulance services in the US started in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1869, with the Grady Memorial Hospital staff driving horse-drawn carriages to transport the sick and injured.
The first volunteer rescue squads began around 1920 in New Jersey. Today, the EMS and Paramedic field in our fine country boasts more than 260,000 EMTs and paramedics. Still, though the profession is established, many today face the challenges of staffing and budgets that put their expertise to the test, so they need our support more than ever.