National EMS Museum

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“The National EMS Museum is dedicated to memorializing and commemorating the history of EMS and the individuals and organizations that provide emergency care to the sick and injured.”

Founded in 2006, the National EMS Museum is the central repository for EMS artifacts, photographs and the history of the Emergency Medical Services in the United States. The Museum strives to preserve the history of EMS in the belief that remembrance promotes understanding, respect, and enlightened progress. During the first phase of development the National EMS Museum Foundation developed a Virtual Museum. Exhibits include Ambulance Origins and Development, Equipment Development, Founders of EMS and Pioneers in Emergency Medicine. The museum collections have also grown over the last seven years to include a number of artifacts from early and contemporary EMS.

From the beginning, The National EMS Museum Foundation Board of Trustees felt that outreach was an important part of sharing and preserving the legacy of EMS pioneers and inspiring a new generation of EMTs. The Foundation developed a Traveling Museum which brings museum collections across the country to National, Regional, State and Local EMS conferences. Through the Traveling Museum’s efforts the museum has introduced the nation to the important work of the emergency medical services.

In 2013 the Museum increased participation in the museum through a new social media effort. Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn have allowed the museum to connect with people all over the world. The increased interest in EMS history is encouraging as the museum looks to the future and the further development of the Traveling and Virtual Museums, and developing programming for EMTs, students and the public.

Today, The National EMS Museum relies on the many volunteers who contribute their time and expertise in preserving and sharing the history of EMS. Volunteers serve in many capacities including outreach, fundraising, administration, and collection management. Please contact the museum if you are interested in volunteering your time or expertise.

Join the Museum in celebrating National EMS Week:

  • #MuseumMonday: Join us on social media and share your museum story, or post a picture in National EMS Museum gear (you can also email us and we can post for you)
  • #TriviaTuedsay: Post a question or EMS fact to any of the museum’s social medial pages
  • #ThrowbackThursday: Post a picture and story of your early years in EMS (you can also email us and we can post for you)
  • #FollowFriday: Put a shout out on your social media pages for the National EMS Museum or encourage your friends and colleagues to explore the National EMS Museum Foundation’s Virtual Museum

The Museum is also accepting donations on a regular basis. The museum maintains a wish list on its website and is happy to consider other donations of pictures, archival material, tools and equipment, uniforms, and personal and organizational memoirs.