May 16-21, 2021 marks the 46th annual National EMS Week, which was originally authorized by President Gerald Ford to celebrate Emergency Medical Services/Emergency Medical Technicians practitioners and the crucial work they do throughout the nation. From providing life-saving care in dire healthcare situations, to transporting and caring for our loved ones en route to the hospital, to enhancing the overall health and safety of our communities, EMS/EMT workers are an essential and invaluable branch of our healthcare systems. EMS/EMT workers are typically the first to call attention to identify public health problems, and response to a wide variety of emergencies and hazards.
As witnessed by the more dire and troubling healthcare crises brought on by the pandemic, the need for new healthcare workers to enter the field is gravely important. To ensure that our State is equipped with a caring and knowledgeable EMS/EMT workforce, SUNY offers a great breadth of certificate and degree options for those interest in these careers:
As growth in middle-aged and elderly populations continue, there may be a greater demand for EMTs and paramedics. SUNY is answering the call through its offering of courses and programs centered on healthcare. Becoming a paramedic opens the door to a number of career possibilities, while also providing life-saving care to those in need.
Julie is a Communications Assistant at SUNY System Administration.