Safe Transport of Children


The Safe Transport of Children (STC) Committee examines current resources and pursues research to develop specific and practical recommendations and promising practices for safely transporting children in ground ambulances.

To learn about the Testing Child Restraint Devices for Ambulances project, click here.


  • 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 Committee generally meets the 4th Thursday of 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 2020 is as follows:
February 27
April 23
June 25
August 27
October 22

No meeting in December



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)
  • Samantha Mishra (MI).
  • Kjelsey Polzin (MN)
  • 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. Michael 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)
  • Jason Hamm (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)
  • Laura Dunn (NHTSA Occupant Protection)

For More Information

Mary Hedges, MPA
NASEMSO Program Manager