We wanted to know what it actually takes to work in the field.
News 4's Victoria Rosa takes us along for the ride.
"It can go from 0 to 100 in a matter of seconds, " says Jason Trammell, Operations Manager, Pilcher's Ambulance Paramedics.
For some, the thrill of the flashing lights and saving lives started at a young age.
"When I was little I remember watching reruns of emergency, " says Trammell.
"When I grew up, we watched Rescue 911 and I think that's probably some of the first memories of getting into the field, " says Eddie Smith, Paramedic at Care Ambulance.
Young memories, that turned into a career.
"Probably the very first time that I ever did CPR was on a family member and when I did that I kind of knew then, " says Trammell.
"When I first started, I was scared to death on each run because you go thru training but when you get the first call, every decision you make is based on you, " says Smith.
And depending on the day, they never know what the right thing may be.
"Everything from dog bites to twisted ankles to cardiac arrest, " says Jamey Woodham, Paramedicn at Care Ambulance.
"Major trauma, gun shot wounds, I've delivered 3 babies, " says Greg Davis, Paramedic, at Pilcher's Ambulance Paramedics.
"You have to make life and death situations in split second timing and hope you made the right choice, " says Smith.
A high stress environment but for those who are on the front lines
What keeps them coming back?
"The excitement, the satisfaction of knowing its a service being provided, " says Woodham.
"It's just adrenaline pumping for the most part. There are sometimes when it's hard to get out of bed at 2 o'clock in the morning but it's got to be done so you just go do it with a smile on your face and do the best you can, " says Davis.
National EMS week has been observed annually since it was first declared by President Gerald Ford in 1974.