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Maine Partners with Biospatial

November 14, 2019

(Falls Church, Va.) – Maine EMS, a bureau within the Department of Public Safety, has completed Data Use and Analytic agreements to become the twenty-third state to partner with Biospatial, Inc. Biospatial uses emergency medical services and health-related data sources to provide timely, national-scale syndromic detection, monitor real-time trends, and alert to syndromic anomalies critical to the nation’s health and safety. Maine EMS will submit de-identified National EMS Information System (NEMSIS) data elements to the Biospatial platform to assist in national preparedness and enhance Maine’s ability to visualize their data with other data layers of relevance.

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FCC Proposes Order on 911 Location Accuracy Long Sought by Public Safety

November 6, 2019

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced a Draft Order and Draft Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) consistent with requirements it suggested in 2015 and which NASEMSO and other public safety associations have supported prior to that. The Order would establish requirements for being able to locate a caller in a multistory building within approximately nine vertical (known as the “z-axis”) feet of their location (a building story is generally ten feet). There is currently no requirement in this regard. The NPRM would seek to refine this requirement further and establish a tighter horizontal (“x axis and y axis”) location accuracy than now exists.

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Partners with Biospatial

October 28, 2019

(Falls Church, Va.) The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has completed Data Use and Analytic agreements to become the twenty-second state to partner with Biospatial, Inc. Biospatial uses emergency medical services and health-related data sources to provide timely, national-scale syndromic detection, monitor real-time trends, and alert to syndromic anomalies critical to the nation’s health and safety. The CDPHE will submit National EMS Information System (NEMSIS) data elements to the Biospatial platform to assist in national preparedness and enhance Colorado’s ability to visualize their data with other data layers of relevance.

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California Partners with Biospatial

October 14, 2019

(Falls Church, Va.) – The California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) went live in the fall of 2019 as the 21st state to use the Biospatial platform. EMSA now will be able to use existing EMS data to deliver more timely actionable information analyses, at no cost to the state.

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DHHS Funding Opportunity for First Responder Vaccine Initiative

July 29, 2019

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD) has posted a Notice of Funding Opportunity (DHS-19-CWMD-077-001) for the First Responder Vaccine Initiative (FRVI) Pilot. The notice can be viewed at: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=318260.

The FRVI Pilot will provide the opportunity for selected State and Local jurisdictions to administer voluntary pre-event anthrax vaccine to first responders and evaluate the feasibility of the program, in collaboration with DHS and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). For more information, please refer to the attached fact sheet and the funding announcement. Questions can be directed to: frvi@hq.dhs.gov

Download the fact sheet here.

DHS is encouraging jurisdictions to apply for this opportunity. The closing date for applications is 15 August 2019.

NASEMSO Releases Pediatric Transport Resource for Ambulances

July 8, 2019

July 8, 2019 (Falls Church, Va.) The National Association of State Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Officials (NASEMSO) has released the Pediatric Transport Products for Ground Ambulances, Version 2. The document is a resource for EMS providers to determine existing options for securing infants and children who are transported by ambulance.

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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.

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Welcoming of the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride

May 13, 2019

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

Where:
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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The Utah Department of Health Partners with Biospatial

May 10, 2019

The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) has completed Data Use and Analytic agreements to become the eighteenth state to partner with Biospatial, Inc. Biospatial uses emergency medical services (EMS) and health-related data sources to provide timely, national-scale syndromic detection, monitor real-time trends, and alert to syndromic anomalies critical to the nation’s health and safety. The UDOH will submit National EMS Information System (NEMSIS) data elements to the Biospatial platform to assist in national preparedness and enhance Utah’s ability to visualize their data with other data layers of relevance.

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