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The National Emergency Medical Services Memorial Foundation (NEMSMF) was founded to establish a permanent memorial to the commitment and ultimate sacrifice of EMS providers. The Foundation evolved into a national network of EMS providers, survivors of EMS line of duty fatalities and private citizens committed to this common goal.
Every day these emergency medical technicians and paramedics leave their loved ones at home and respond to help people they have never met. Some will never return home. Each year in this nation dozens of EMS providers are killed in the line of duty. These men and women give everything so “that others might live.”
Emergency Medical services is considered one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States; recent statistics show that EMTs and Paramedics are two times more likely to suffer a line of duty death than any other profession.
In the United States there are an estimated 826,111 credentialed EMS professionals at the EMT-Basic, intermediate and paramedic levels (roughly around 30 professional EMS responders per every 10,000 people). Emergency Medical services personnel respond to over 37 million emergency calls annually. EMS personnel are the first to respond to an emergency, whether it involves a medical emergency, natural disaster, acts of terrorism, fire, spill of hazardous materials, industrial or transportation accidents. These EMS providers serve credentialed EMS agencies on the Federal, State, Tribal and local levels through both paid and volunteer service.
The Foundation looks to establish this Memorial in Washington DC for several reasons beyond the prominent location. EMS is a national enterprise that is supported on a state level and executed on a local level. Washington DC exemplifies the confluence of these national efforts that operate across the various levels of government, private sector, and volunteer organizations in a combined efforts to secure the nation and ensure domestic tranquility for its citizens. These combined efforts are mirrored in the pursuits of the Foundation to establish a fitting memorial.
Establishing a National EMS Memorial in the nation’s capital is a major undertaking. As with all of memorials, monuments and museum in Washington DC, the Nation EMS Memorial will forever change the landscape of our nation’s capital city. The Federal government works with sponsor foundations to develop and establish all permeant national memorials through the legal stages found in the Commemorative Works Act (CWA). The Foundation is currently deeply involved with our elected officials, as well as the various federal and local partners described in the CWA, in the process needed to establish the EMS Memorial in Washington DC. A major component of the memorial and museum master plan is the identification and compilation of potential future memorial and museum sites in the District of Columbia and environs. All of the candidate sites are prominent locations capable of accommodating memorials or museums of national importance because of their high visibility and strong axial relationships with the U.S. Capitol and the White House.
The process to choose a specific site, in conjunction with these partners, is an important task for all. The Foundation looks forward to completing this phase of the process as we work through the process and the opportunity arises.
On May 12, 2015 Congressman Stephen Lynch introduced bill H.R. 2274 which has been referred to the Natural Resource Committee: To authorize the National Emergency Medical Services Memorial Foundation to establish a memorial in the District of Columbia and its environs, and for other purposes. (This bill will be re-introduced by Congressman Lynch in the 114th session)
To help us establish a place where we can honor and remember these silent heroes with love and gratitude please share this information and contact your Congressmen/Congresswomen and ask them to co-sponsor and support bill H.R. 2274 “To establish a National EMS Memorial” and give us permission to promise these fallen heroes, the men and women of EMS, their families, loved ones and coworkers that as a nation we honor their sacrifice and that we will remember them by establishing the National Memorial they deserve.
Want to be able to say I helped to build THE National EMS Memorial? You can make a tax deductible donation to the foundation and become part of the memorial’s history. All proceeds go directly toward building the memorial. With your help we can finally give these men and women the memorial they deserve.
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