Safe Transport of Children


The Safe Transport of Children (STC) Ad Hoc Committee was created for the purpose of examining current resources and pursuing research to develop specific and practical recommendations and promising practices for safely transporting children in ground ambulances.


  • To recommend the criteria or specifications for proper restraint of children in ambulances. Such criteria will be evidence-based and will consider safety of both patients and providers.
  • To have the recommended criteria adopted by one or more accredited standard setting organizations.
  • To develop a strategy and resources for educating EMS providers on safely transporting children in ground ambulances based on the recommended criteria or standards.

Meeting schedule

The Safe Transport of Children Ad Hoc Committee generally meets the 4th Thursday, even-numbered months, at 1:30 PM Eastern, except when conflicting with a holiday or when meeting in conjunction with the NASEMSO Annual Meeting.   The meeting schedule for 2019 is as follows:

2019 Meeting Schedule

January 3 ( December 27 , 2018 meeting rescheduled)
February 28
April 25
May 15 (NASEMSO Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah)
June 27
August 22
October 24



Eric Hicken,CPM, EMT-P
EMSC Program Manager
Office of EMS
NJ Department of Health

Vice Chair

Katherine R. Schafer
Program Manager
New Mexico EMS for Children and Child Ready Programs

Pediatric Emergency Care Council

  • Rachael Ford (OR)
  • Katherine Hert (AL)
  • Eric Hicken (NJ)
  • Brandon Kelley (WY)
  • Kjelsey Polzin (MN)
  • Angie Poorman (PA)
  • Katherine Schafer (NM)
  • Anna K. Sessa (NH)
  • Morgan Skaggs (KY)
  • Cyndy Wright-Johnson (MD)

State Directors

  • Dale Adkerson (OK)
  • Steve McCoy (FL)

Medical Directors Council

  • Dr. Mickael Kaufmann (IN)

Highway Incident and Transportation Systems (HITS) Committee

  • David Harden (AZ)


  • Katrina Altenhofen
  • Dr. Marilyn Bull (Riley Hospital for Children at IU)
  • Stephanie Busch (VT Dept. of Health)
  • Jacob Cartner, Engineering Manager, Ferno
  • Tom Downey, Emergency Vehicle Seating (EVS)
  • Jonathon Gondek (Calspan)
  • Amy Haughn, AAMS Children Special Interest Group (KIDS SIG)
  • Chris Jessup (IMMI)
  • Amit Kapoor (First Line Technology)
  • Tim Karney (First Line Technology)
  • Karter Kistler (EVS LTD)
  • Mike Kulig (Calspan)
  • Mark Roberts (Quantum EMS)
  • Elena Sierra, AAMS Membership Manager
  • Charles Vits (IMMI)
  • Patrick Wilson (Quantum EMS)
  • Stefanie Zucker (Pediatric Medical)

Federal Partners

  • Dave Bryson (NHTSA)
  • John McDonald (GSA)
  • Theresa Morrison-Quinata (HRSA)
  • James Green (NIOSH)
  • Alexander “Sandy” Sinclair (NHTSA)

For More Information

Mary Hedges, MPA
NASEMSO Program Manager