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2011 Japan Disaster News & Resources

Bridging the Historic Divide Between Nurses and Paramedics

(12/30/11) Anne Robinson, RN who has been the public health nursing and nursing leadership and liaison for the Eagle County EMS Community Paramedic program, was interviewed by the American Journal of Nursing about community paramedicine. Please read the article and see what a great job she has done to bridge the historic divide between nursing and paramedics and to lead nurses to begin to accept the concept of Community Paramedic as an opportunity to be more effective and not a place to compete for territory.

FICEMS Releases 2011 National EMS Assessment

(12/28/11) The Federal Interagency Committee for Emergency Medical Services (FICEMS) has released the 2011 National EMS Assessment, downloadable here. Sponsored by FICEMS and funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the report provides the first ever comprehensive description of emergency medical services, EMS emergency preparedness and 911 systems at state and national levels using existing data sources. NASEMSO members contributed a significant amount of data to make the assessment possible.
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The National EMS Assessment, which was completed over a 24-month period from September 2009 to August 2011, provides a detailed description of the nation’s EMS systems which comprise an estimated 19,971 local EMS agencies, their 81,295 vehicles and 826,111 licensed and credentialed personnel.

The landmark document is a powerful resource and the first national assessment of Emergency Medical Services that provides comprehensive data aggregated at both the state and national levels. These data will allow the officials responsible for improving EMS systems to benchmark current and future performance and identify areas of strength and weakness. Learn more.

New Executive Director Sought for National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians

(12/26/11) The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) is looking for an outstanding individual with visionary leadership and management skills to become its next Executive Director. The outgoing Executive Director is retiring after 25 years of service in this position. The NREMT invites applications from candidates with a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree (graduate degree preferred) and the abilities and experience described in the Executive Director Profile located on the NREMT website.

NASEMSO Board Reviews Work Plans for 2012 at December Board Retreat

(12/15/11) NASEMSO President Randy Kuykendall is pictured below with a few of the 2012 work plans that the NASEMSO Board reviewed and discussed during their Dec. 14-15 Annual Board Retreat in Alexandria, VA.

House Passes Pandemic Preparedness Bill to Reauthorize Key Programs

(12/08/11) The House passed H.R. 2405, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2011, by a unanimous voice vote on Dec. 6. CQ Today Online News noted that this legislation "would update a variety of programs designed to protect the United States from pandemics and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats." The White House issued a statement in support of H.R. 2405, stating it would "reauthorize several key programs led by the Department of Health and Human Services to prepare the Nation for bioterrorism and other public health emergencies. In addition to continuing existing activities, including the advanced research and development of medical countermeasures, H.R. 2405 would expand the Food and Drug Administration’s role in strengthening the Nation’s preparedness."

Health Care Innovation Challenge to Award up to $1 Billion in Grants

(12/01/11) The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Center has issued the Health Care Innovation Challenge, an opportunit for funding of creative EMS and emergency care ideas. The Health Care Innovation Challenge will award up $1 billion in grants to applicants who will implement the most compelling new ideas to deliver better health, improved care and lower costs to people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP, particularly those with the highest health care needs. EMS agencies are eligible for these grants! In fact, "expanded use of community-based paramedics to provide basic services to extend available primary care resources in rural communities" is specifically listed as an example of the type of project that the Innovation Center is seeking. Learn more

National EMS Assessment and NASEMSO EMS Snapshot Discussed at Annual Meeting

(10/19/11) During the Annual Meeting in Madison Wisconsin, NASEMSO shared information gathered and analyzed from the "NASEMSO EMS Snapshot." The EMS Snapshot data was used to inform the National EMS Assessment sponsored by FICEMS and funded by NHTSA. At that time, the Assessment was undergoing FICEMS and NHTSA clearance, but since then, the Snapshot has been released. NASEMSO Resolution 2011-01

Bill Proposes Strategy to Strengthen Development of Field EMS at Federal, State and Local Levels

(10/11/11) Adovates for EMS, of which NASEMSO is a partner, reported today that Representatives Tim Walz (D-MN) and Sue Myrick (R-NC) have introduced H.R. 3144, the Field EMS Quality, Innovation, and Cost-Effectiveness Improvements Act of 2011, to implement a cohesive strategy to strengthen the development of our nation's Field Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at the federal, state and local levels. This news comes after many months of hard work that sponsors, supporters and partners across the EMS and trauma community have put into developing this comprehensive legislation addressing the challenges confronting EMS.

In promoting the development of the bill, Advocates for EMS has worked through an open and consensus driven process, including three summits, numerous drafts and lots of feedback to achieve introduction. While the coalition recognizes that not all will agree with every part of the legislation, the bill represents the broadest degree of consensus achievable within the community. It is the most comprehensive legislation to address EMS in decades and is the first step within a long legislative process to achieve enactment which will allow for many opportunities for refinement.

White House Director of Resiliency Addresses State EMS Officials at NASEMSO 2011 Annual Meeting

(10/07/11) White House Director of Resiliency Richard Reed addressed the nation's state EMS officials today, pledging White House support to best align EMS at the Federal level. He also spoke about the recently-released National Preparedness Goal and asked for NASEMSO input to determine how best to create and sustain EMS capabilities.


NASEMSO President Randy Kuykendall (CO) (left) with White House Director of Resiliency Richard Reed at the NASEMSO 2011 Annual Meeting.

Invitation to Join a National Expert Panel on the Children's Safety Initiative in EMS

(09/15/11) NASEMSO members are invited to participate in an expert panel to develop national safety indicators and guidelines for the pre-hospital EMS care of children. Oregon Health & Science University, in partnership with the National Association of EMS Physicians, the National Association of State EMS Officials, the EMSC National Resource Center, EMS Medical Directors Consortium (Eagles), and the American Academy of Pediatrics Subcommittee on EMS, is beginning an NIH-funded research study of the safety and quality of pre-hospital EMS care for children.

They are looking for expert opinions from state EMS officials, state EMS medical directors, EMTs, physicians, local EMS medical directors, and program managers & directors. By participating in this study, you will help identify key issues involved in such care and your input may lead to changes in national guidelines and standards of care in children's EMS.

Your experience in EMS gives you unique expertise and perspective on this issue, and we hope you will consider participating. Even if you choose not to participate, please forward this information to state EMS personnel, local EMS agencies, state EMS associations, and other in the categories listed above. Download information on how to participate

Article on EMS Education Changes and Effects on EMS Professionals Published in September Issue of JEMS

(09/06/11) The article "EMS Education Changes Will Affect You" appears in the September 2011 issue of the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS). Authors are Debra Cason, MS, RN, EMT-P, Associate Professor and Program Director for Emergency Medicine Education at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, and Kathy Robinson, RN, EMT-P, Program Manager for the National Association of State EMS Officials. The article describes the 11-year approach toward developing and transitioning to new education standards for EMS professionals, which will take effect over the next two or three years. Read the article here.

Joint National EMS Leadership Council Meets at EMS Expo

(09/01/11) The joint National EMS Leadership Council gathered at EMS Expo on Sept. 1 to discuss issues of mutual concern, including public safety radio spectrum, activation of FEMA's national ambulance contract, a near-miss reporting system, NFPA 1917 ambulance safety standards, and more. Representatives from NEMSMA, NASEMSO, NAEMT, NAEMSP, and DHS were present.

9/11 and Anthrax Attacks 10-Year Anniversary Report: Firsthand Stories from Public Health Responders

(09/01/11) Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) released a new report, Remembering 9/11 and Anthrax: Public Health’s Vital Role in National Defense, featuring more than 30 firsthand, on-the-ground accounts of public health professionals who were directly involved in the response to the September 11, 2001 and anthrax tragedies. The stories recall how:

• On September 11th, in a period of uncertainty, officials activated a range of responses, including readying the Strategic National Stockpile, and providing services, including mental health counseling, in the aftermath; and
• Public health officials were at the lead of the anthrax response – diagnosing and treating victims and running more than a million tests on approximately 125,000 samples around the country. The report contains a timeline of the anthrax attacks and investigation.

The stories also reflect how these events marked the first time that public health came to be considered central to emergency response and national security on a wide-scale basis – and the stories reflect how these officials were working without adequate resources or training to respond to these types of attacks. A summary of how public health preparedness has evolved in the past 10 years is also included in the report.

“The biggest threat to bioterrorism preparedness today is complacency. If a health threat does not happen, be it naturally occurring or deliberate, we tend to make it a lower priority. The worst thing we can do is to make something a priority after it happens. After it happens is too late; you are playing catch-up. Preparedness for a threat must be a priority before it happens.” -- Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., Director, NIAID/NIH

Some contributors include Anthony Fauci, M.D., Director NIAID/NIH; Senator Tom Daschle, former U.S. Senator from South Dakota and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader; Isaac Weisfuse; M.D. MPH, Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Disease Control of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; John R. Lumpkin, Senior Vice President and Director, Health Care Group, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and former Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health; Sara T. Beatrice, PhD., New York City Public Health Laboratory; Georges Benjamin, M.D., FACP, FACEP (E), FNAPA, Hon FRSPH, executive director of the American Public Health Association and former Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; and stories from a range of officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and state and local public health officials in New York, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Florida, Connecticut, New Jersey, Arizona, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, and Washington State. There are excerpts and highlights of the stories included at the end of the release.

“In 2001, we experienced the unimaginable. In 2011, we know we need to expect the unexpected. Over the past decade, we’ve made smart, strategic investments in preparedness, and there’s been a lot of progress to show for it. We can be proud of the improvements. Of course, there is a lot left to be done, which will require further effort. But, regardless, the field of public health preparedness was forever changed 10 years ago, and we should never forget why,” said Governor Lowell Weicker, Jr., former three-term U.S. Senator and Governor of Connecticut and President of the Board of Directors at TFAH.

The report also includes a summary of the public health preparedness successes over the last decade. In addition, the report features an analysis of ongoing gaps in preparedness, that, if not addressed, could leave Americans vulnerable in the future.

Some key areas of progress over the past decade include significant improvements in: preparedness planning and coordination; public health laboratories; vaccine manufacturing; the Strategic National Stockpile; pharmaceutical and medical equipment distribution; surveillance; communications; legal and liability protections; increasing and upgrading staff and surge capacity.

Some ongoing gaps a decade later include: major recent budget cuts; a gap in trained public health workers; a gap in surge capacity for mass care during emergencies; a lack of an integrated, national approach to biosurveillance; gaps in supporting the way communities cope and recover from disasters; and gaps in vaccine and pharmaceutical research, development and manufacturing.

The report is available on TFAH’s website at www.healthyamericans.org or you can download it here.

Transportation Safety Advancement Group Announces Release of NG9-1-1 What's Next Report

(08/30/11) The Transportation Safety Advancement Group (TSAG), a multidisciplinary forum promoting technology for public safety and providing guidance to the U.S. Department of Transportation Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office, announced the release of the NG9-1-1 What’s Next Forum Report, a series of white papers created by stakeholders in four emergency response disciplines—law enforcement, fire-rescue, emergency medical services and transportation—addressing the future of the Next Generation 9-1-1 system. news release | download report

Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1), the migration of the emergency response system from the traditional analog to an IP-based system, will significantly change the quality and amount of information available to first responders. Officials described the report as a critical step for emergency responders planning to organize, share and use all of the digital data available in the next generation of 9-1-1.

“To date, much of the discussion about NG9-1-1 has taken place in the technical arena,” said Dia Gainor, TSAG Chair and NASEMSO Executive Director. “The NG9-1-1 What’s Next project begins the discussion about how NG9-1-1 can help emergency response groups achieve their mission and addresses the cultural, organizational and operational environments in which the new system will be implemented.”

The report, released at the National Rural ITS Conference in Coeur d’Alene, ID, is the result of the NG9-1-1 What’s Next Forum, held 2010 in Washington, D.C. At the forum, panelists from the four disciplines were separated into respective groups by discipline. Each group was asked to identify major challenges facing their professions and to discuss ways in which NG9-1-1 could help them fulfill their missions as emergency responders.

NASEMSO Headquarters Shaken When 5.9 Earthquake Hits DC Metro Area

(08/23/11) The NASEMSO Headquarters building was shaken today when a 5.9-magnitude earthquake hit Central Virginia, centered northwest of Richmond. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was half a mile deep. Shaking was felt at the White House and all over the East Coast, as far south as Chapel Hill, N.C. Parts of the Pentagon, White House and Capitol were evacuated. There were no immediate reports of injuries. News coverage is ongoing.

Cunningham Completes Harvard NPLI

(07/04/11) NASEMSO Medical Directors Council Chair Carol Cunningham, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, on June 24 completed the Harvard Kennedy School’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI).  As the State Medical Director for the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Medical Services, Dr. Cunningham was one of 50 government leaders with homeland security responsibility selected to complete the national leadership program. The NPLI, a joint program of the Harvard School of Public Health and Kennedy School of Government, began with one week on the Cambridge campus followed by a five-month period during which leadership projects were completed. Dr.  Cunningham was the lead writer and presenter of her group project at the concluding seminar at Harvard University.

Dr. Richard Besser and Dr. Carol Cunningham, NASEMSO Medical Directors Council Chair, at the completion of the Harvard National Preparedness Leadership Initiative. Dr. Besser, ABC News' Chief Medical Correspondent, was a 13-year veteran of the CDC and served as its interim director during the H1N1 influenza pandemic.

 

 

 

 

NFPA Completes Third Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service

(06/29/11)The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recently released the Third Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service, a study that looked at the current needs of America’s fire departments as compared to those identified in assessments done in 2001 and 2005. The goal of the project was to identify major gaps in the needs of the U.S. fire service and to determine if the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (DHS/FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) programs are continuing to reduce the needs of fire departments.

“Fire service needs are extensive across the board, and in nearly every area of need; the smaller the community protected, the greater the need,” said James M. Shannon, president of NFPA. “While we are seeing the positive impact of well-targeted grants, there is more to be done to ensure our nation’s fire departments are prepared to provide the necessary protection to their communities.”

The report looked at personnel and their capabilities, including staffing, training, certification, and wellness/fitness; facilities and apparatus; personal protective equipment, fire prevention and code enforcement; the ability to handle unusually challenging incidents; and communications and new technologies.

EMS Workforce Agenda for the Future

(06/10/11) The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) is pleased to provide you with the EMS Workforce Agenda for the Future (EMS Workforce Agenda). The EMS Workforce Agenda was prepared by the University of California San Francisco with funding from NHTSA and the Emergency Medical Services for Children program at the Health Resources and Services Administration. Download the EMS Workforce Agenda here or online at www.ems.gov under the workforce tab.

The EMS Workforce Agenda envisions a future in which all EMS systems have a sufficient number of well educated, adequately prepared, and appropriately credentialed EMS workers who are valued, well compensated, healthy, and safe. The vision of the EMS Workforce Agenda is ambitious but achievable with the continued collaboration of local, tribal, territorial, State, national and Federal EMS stakeholders.

Development of the EMS Workforce Agenda was guided by research, steering committee guidance and input from a group of national stakeholders composed of EMS industry leaders, experts from professional organizations, educational and credentialing organizations, public and private EMS providers, state and federal EMS agencies and other stakeholder groups.

NASEMSO Executive Director Dia Gainor Presented with Idaho Distinguished Service Medal and Governor's Challenge Coin

(05/16/11) NASEMSO Executive Director Dia Gainor on Friday, May 13, 2011, received the highest award the Idaho Military Division may bestow upon a civilian, the Idaho Distinguished Service Medal. Additionally, she received the Idaho Governor’s Challenge Coin. Download NASEMSO news release.


Left to right: Jane Smith, Administrator, Idaho Division of Public Health; Dia Gainor, Executive Director, NASEMSO; and Brigadier General William H. Shawver, Jr., Assistant Adjutant General-Air, Idaho National Guard, and Director of the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security.

NASEMSO President Visits DHS Office of Health Affairs with Advocates for EMS Delegation (05/02/11) NASEMSO President Randy Kuykendall visited the Department of Homeland Security Office of Health Affairs on May 2, 2011, as part of an Advocates for EMS delegation to discuss the Field EMS Bill and the FICEMS options paper. He is shown below with OHA Deputy Director Dr. Kathy Brinsfeld (left) and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Alex Garza (right). Also part of the delegation were NASEMSO Executive Vice President Beth Armstrong, MAM, CAE; NAEMSE representatives Scott Bourn and Bruce Walz; AEMS President Kurt Krumperman; and AEMS Washington Representative Lisa Tofil.

 
FCC Extends Deadline for Nominations for its Local and State Government Advisory Committee (04/20/11) The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking nominations to fill three vacancies on the Commission's Local and State Government Advisory Committee (LSGAC). These vacancies are due to the departures of three current LSGAC members, Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell, Albuquerque City Councilor Michael Brasher and Louise Renne, City Attorney, City and County of San Francisco. Therefore, one vacancy will be filled by a local government attorney (elected or appointed), and two will be filled by elected municipal officials (mayor or council member). The LSGAC is comprised of elected and appointed officials of municipal, county, state and tribal governments. It provides advice and information to the FCC on key issues relevant to the LSGAC, including public rights-of-way, facilities siting, universal service, removal of barriers to competitive entry and public safety communications. The deadline has been extended to May 13, 2011. more details here

Dia Gainor Joins NASEMSO as Executive Director (04/19/11) The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) announces that Dia Gainor will join its staff on May 2, 2011, as the executive director and can be reached at dia@nasemso.org. In this new position, Gainor will be responsible for providing strategic leadership to promote and expand NASEMSO’s presence and capacity as a national leader in emergency medical services. Download NASEMSO news release.


Left to right: NASEMSO EVP Beth Armstrong;
NHTSA OEMS Chief Drew Dawson; and
incoming NASEMSO Executive Director
Dia Gainor at the Apr. 14 NEMSAC meeting.

Contingency Shutdown Plan Prepared by Executive Office of the President (04/07/11) In the event that agency shutdowns and furloughs become necessary due to a lapse in appropriations for Fiscal Year 2011, the Executive Office of the President has prepared and would implement this contingency plan.

Request to Provide Input on National Health Securit Strategy Biennial Implementation Plan (04/06/11) The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, is requesting public input on two objectives of the National Health Security Strategy Biennial Implementation Plan (BIP): Objective 4, “Foster Integrated, Scalable Health Care Delivery Systems,” and Objective 6, “Promote an Effective Countermeasures Enterprise.”
The documents and comment forms can be found here.
Download a letter from Dr. Lisa Kaplowitz, which provides some additional background and instructions on the BIP.
Note: While NASEMSO member comments were requested earlier for the association response, feedback can still be provided directly to DHHS until 8:00 a.m., Monday, Apr. 25, 2011.

NASBO Evaluates Impact of a Federal Government Shutdown (04/06/11) The National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) has put together a list of helpful documents regarding the impact of a federal government shutdown.

According to a NASBO News Brief, "discussions with state budget officers and state comptrollers over the past month have revealed that a short-term shutdown would probably cause little significant harm to states. However, the two areas of primary concern regard the funding of state employees that are funded through federal grants as well as the ability to maintain a consistent flow of funds for state-run programs that rely on federal funds.

Although it remains up to the administration, some federal budget analysts have noted over the past few weeks that the major safety net programs run by states and funded in part by the federal government, including Medicaid and TANF, are expected to continue."

IAEMSC Announces Open Enrollment in National EMS Health Surveillance System (03/10/11) The International Association of EMS Chiefs (IAEMSC) is pleased to announce it is accepting agency enrollment in the National EMS Health and Safety Surveillance System. The project was jointly developed by the IAEMSC and Intermedix and provides a secure web based portal for registered EMS organizations to enter and analyze data regarding occupational illness, injuries and fatalities. The project was featured as a “JEMS 10” top 10 innovations for 2009.

Priority for enrollment will be given to organizations with IAEMSC members, however, other agencies and EMS systems may participate. There is no cost for agency participation in the National EMS Health and Safety Surveillance System. Please contact IAEMSC Director Emeritus Geoffrey Miller for further information or to participate in the National EMS Health and Safety Surveillance System. Download IAEMSC announcement here.

EMSC to Hold Special FICEMS Town Hall Call: Mar. 16, 2011, 2:00 pm ET (03/07/11) The EMSC National Resource Center is holdng a special town hall call on Mar. 16, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. ET (1:00 p.m. CT, 12:00 p.m. MT, 11:00 a.m. PT) to discuss a request from FICEMS. Phone Number: 877-355-6338; Meeting ID: 9911. If individuals in attendance are not able to attend or present comments during the forum, they may be provide written comments and suggestions via email to FICEMS@dot.gov. FICEMS is interested in any stakeholder input about the role of the Federal government in the full continuum of emergency medical services and emergency and trauma care for adults and children - including medical 9-1-1 and emergency medical dispatch, pre-hospital emergency medical services (both ground and air), hospital-based emergency care and trauma care, and medical-related disaster preparedness. Complete details here. Deadline for comments: Apr. 18, 2011

CRS Report: "Shutdown of Federal Government: Causes, Processes & Effects" (02/28/11) In light of news reports that some states may be seriously affected by potential federal government shutdown, because automated payment mechanisms are not in place and state budgets are too tight to float funds, we are providing the Congressional Research Service Report, Shutdown of the Federal Government: Causes, Processes & Effects, published Sept. 27, 2010, as a resource as shutdown-related developments continue.

Rural EMS Safety Strategies Webinar Available for On-Demand Viewing (02/28/11) The recent "Rural Emergency Medical Services: The ‘4th E’ Strategies for Safety" webinar, sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Rural Safety in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, is available for on-demand viewing. This webinar focused on some of the behavioral interventions the EMS community is introducing and provided insights about opportunities for rural EMS systems. Randy Kuykendall (NASEMSO President) outlined specific initiatives aimed at improving the safety of EMS personnel and system performance, such as Colorado's experience in developing a culture of safety through a statewide advisory council and the now-annual Colorado EMS safety conference. Dia Gainor (NASEMSO HITS Committee Chair) discussed the EMS Incident Response and Readiness Assessment tool developed as part of a recent rural highway mass casualty project in Idaho. Learn more.

President's FY 2012 Budget for HHS Now Available for Review (02/14/11) The President's Fiscal Year 2012 Budget for the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services has been released. The budget justification is expected shortly and will be available here. Funding for HRSA was reduced by $685 million in the President’s FY2012 budget, from $7.5 billion in FY2010 to an estimate of $6.821 in FY2012. Download Budget in Brief

ACS Committee on Trauma Welcomes Suggested Revisions on "Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient" (01/20/11) The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (COT) announces that revisions of “Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient” are now underway. In order to ensure that this resource provides accurate and relevant information for optimal care, all revisions to the next edition will be evidence-based. A website has been established to provide suggested revisions with supporting evidence, and to classify that evidence according to current guidelines. The Committee on Trauma will review all proposed revisions. Please feel free to contact the ACS Trauma office with any questions or concerns at dhaskin@facs.org or 312-202-5388. The COT welcomes submissions for consideration in the revision process through its COT Revision site: www.COTresourcesupdate.org. Comments are needed by March 14, 2011.

King, Thompson Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Reallocate D Block Communications Spectrum to Public Safety (02/10/11) Today, Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, joined by Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) and 5 others, introduced H.R. 607, the Broadband for First Responders Act of 2011. This legislation will strengthen the communications capabilities of America’s first responders by reallocating the D Block communications spectrum to public safety. Today, President Obama personally called for the reallocation of the D Block to public safety. Read news release.

FEMA Seeks Applicants for National Advisory Council (02/01/11) Thee U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is requesting individuals who are interested in serving on the National Advisory Council (NAC) to apply for appointment. The NAC is an advisory committee established in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act to ensure effective and ongoing coordination of federal preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation for natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters. Qualified individuals interested in serving on the NAC are invited to apply for appointment by submitting a resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV). Letters of recommendation may also be provided, but are not required. Applications are accepted on Friday, February 4, 2011 through Friday, March 4, 2011. See details about the NAC and its mission at www.fema.gov/about/nac. Information about applications for membership: Federal Register Notice

NASEMSO Recognizes Sen. Jay Rockefeller for His Reintroduction of "The Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act of 2011" (01/25/11) The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) today joins with the Public Safety Alliance in recognizing Senator Jay Rockefeller, IV (D – WV), Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, for his reintroduction of "The Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act of 2011" (S. 28) to build an effective, nationwide, interoperable broadband communications system for public safety. NASEMSO urges all Members of the United States Congress to support public safety and the public’s safety by co-sponsoring this legislation and a companion bill expected to be reintroduced in the House by Representative Peter King (R- NY). Download news release. NASEMSO President Randy Kuykendall said, "The allocation of the D-Block spectrum and funding to public safety is critical to building a nationwide wireless broadband network that provides the capacity needed to transmit mission critical real-time high-resolution video, voice and data. Unless Congress passes legislation this year to allocate the D-Block spectrum to public safety and provide funding to build out the system, we fear that the FCC will simply auction the spectrum to the highest bidder."


NASEMSO President Randy Kuykendall met Jan. 18, 2011,
with NHTSA Deputy Administrator Ronald Medford, along with
NAEMT President Conni Meyer and AEMS President Kurt Krumperman.
The meeting addressed the Field EMS Bill, along with EMS funding,
primary federal agency and other topics.

Field EMS Quality, Innovation, and Cost-Effectiveness Improvement Act of 2010 (H.R. 6528) Introduced (01/06/11) On Dec. 16, 2010, Reps. Tim Walz (D-MN) and Sue Myrick (R-NC) introduced the Field EMS Quality, Innovation, and Cost-Effectiveness Improvement Act of 2010 (H.R. 6528). This bill addresses many of the challenges plaguing field EMS to better fulfill public expectations that all who need emergency medical care in the field can depend upon the highest quality of care and transport to the most appropriate setting. To learn more about this important legislation, Advocates for EMS (NASEMSO is a member of this coalition) has supplied the following documents: a section-by-section summary, a white paper, and the bill's text.