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Gordon Bates from RadioEMS, an international radio broadcaster dedicated to EMS and First Responder professionals, speaks to Chief Executive of the College of Paramedics, Tracy Nicholls, about how International Paramedics Day got started and the impact that paramedics, first responders and the staff that support them, have on people’s lives.

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The first ever International Paramedics Day will be held on 8th July 2022 to recognise and celebrate the work carried out by paramedics and first responders around the world. Throughout the Covid pandemic, paramedics have put the wellbeing and interests of others first, working tirelessly in the most challenging of circumstances and often at great risk to themselves.

Now, for the first time, the 8th July is being dedicated to the world's paramedics. This date is the anniversary of the birth of Dominique-Jean Larrey, the man often referred to as the 'father of modern-day ambulance services'.

International Paramedics Day has been created, organised and run by the College of Paramedics in the UK, with support from professional paramedics' organisations from around the world.



The theme for the first ever International Paramedics’ Day 2022 is Proud to be a Paramedic which we hope will resonate with paramedics everywhere, regardless of which area of para medicine they operate in.  

International Paramedics Day is about celebrating and recognising the work that paramedics do around the world and the many different ways in which they help and care for people when they need it most. 

We are calling on all paramedics to share their proudest moments – and all members of the public to share their stories and experiences of being helped by paramedics – on social media using the hashtags #ProudToBeAParamedic, #IPD2022 and #InternationalParamedicsDay


Take a look at our resources and find out how you can get involved!


International Paramedics Day sets out to:

  • Celebrate paramedics and first responders around the globe and the vital role they play

  • Acknowledge the difference paramedics make to people's lives in almost every imaginable situation

  • Raise awareness of all the settings where paramedics work including primary and secondary care, GP surgeries, military, offshore, helicopter emergency medical services, education, research and telephone triage systems

  • Promote the profession to aspiring paramedics and students

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