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CAAS Announces Release of GVS V2.0

June 19, 2019

The Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) is pleased to announce the release of Ground Vehicle Standard (GVS) V2.0. GVS V2.0 has been in the development process for approximately two years and is an upgrade from the V1.0 version first released in 2016.

The new ambulance vehicle section of GVS V2.0 contains updates and edits from the prior version, and includes the latest safety, quality and compliance requirements for new production ambulances. It also provides a vehicle certification labeling system for use by the Final Stage Ambulance Manufacturer (FSAM), as well as mandatory documentation templates for compliance and weight/payload information.

In addition, GVS V2.0 contains a completely new comprehensive Remount Standard. The GVS Remount Standard provides minimum requirements for both Remounters and Remounted Ambulances, including specific requirements for vehicle production processes and quality control. The GVS Remount Standard also provides a vehicle labeling system and documentation templates for Remounters to use in order to verify compliance with the standard. This standard is intended for use by FSAMs, independent Remounters and EMS Providers who are remounting their own vehicles internally.

Download CAAS GVS V2.0

The complete GVS V2.0 document is available at no charge on our website www.groundvehiclestandard.org, as well as a listing of GVS registered Final Stage Ambulance Manufacturers and Remounters who have qualified to participate in our program. The CAAS GVS Standard is designed for use by EMS regulators and providers for use in their vehicle requirement processes.

CAAS is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for its standard development program.

For more information, contact the CAAS GVS Administrator Mark Van Arnam.

Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS)
1926 Waukegan Road Suite 300
Glenview, Illinois 60025-1770
Phone: (847) 657-6828

Welcoming of the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride

May 13, 2019

When:  Friday, May 17 at 4:00 p.m. (approximately)

The Plaza Stage at National Harbor
National Harbor Blvd.
Oxon Hill, MD

Who:  Families, friends, and colleagues of EMS and air medical professionals who lost their lives in the line of duty as well as EMS legacy personnel who have died of natural or non-employment-related causes will gather to cheer the National EMS Memorial Bike Riders as they roll into National Harbor. The NEMSMBR East Coast Route will be joined by NEMSMBR Southern Route riders in Annapolis, MD and will ride into National Harbor. The riders will be led by law enforcement and fire/EMS vehicles as they proceed to The Plaza. Bagpipe and drum corps along with honor guards from around the United States will also be there to welcome the riders.

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Kathy Robinson recipient of ENA 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award

May 10, 2019

The Emergency Nurses Association has announced that NASEMSO Strategic Partnerships Director and Program Manager Kathy Robinson, RN, Paramedic, is the recipient of the prestigious ENA Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is presented annually to honor a nurse whose career achievements reflect dedicated service, accomplishments and/or contributions to emergency nursing that have value to emergency nursing beyond the recipient’s lifetime.

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