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Start Planning Now to Celebrate EMS Week May 16-22, 2021

March 30, 2021

NASEMSO strongly supports this year’s campaign for EMS Week – “This Is EMS: Caring for our Communities.”  Celebrated annually, this year it is particularly poignant to recognize our EMS heroes due to the personal sacrifices many have made to support their communities during the global pandemic. Please join us in thanking everyone who stepped up to the challenge!!!  #emsweek, #thisisems and #emsstrong 

Public Safety Next Generation 9-1-1 Coalition Launches Major Grassroots Campaign

March 19, 2021

 On the heels of the introduction of important legislation to fund the modernization of the nation’s 9-1-1 systems to Next Generation 9-1-1, the Public Safety Next Generation 9-1-1 Coalition announces the launch of a wide-ranging grassroots campaign to educate policymakers and build additional support. 

 The Public Safety Next Generation 9-1-1 Coalition consists of national public safety associations representing law enforcement, fire, EMS, and 9-1-1 professionals who know best what is needed to modernize 9-1-1 and improve emergency response. Learn more at the coalition’s website, which contains detailed information including facts and myths about NG9-1- 1 legislation. 

2021 National EMS Week – A Time to Honor EMS Professionals

March 18, 2021

THIS IS EMS: CARING FOR OUR COMMUNITIES” CAMPAIGN TO HONOR EMS PROFESSIONALS DURING ANNUAL EMS WEEK

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), in partnership with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), is proud to announce the EMS Week 2021 theme: THIS IS EMS: CARING FOR OUR COMMUNITIES. The annual campaign recognizes the heroes who provide emergency medical services in communities across the country and takes place May 16th-21st this year.

EMS Week dedicates five days to specific themes, and first responders are encouraged to plan activities and events around these themes in their communities.

·     Monday, May 17: EMS Education Day

·     Tuesday, May 18: EMS Safety Day

·     Wednesday, May 19: EMS for Children Day

·     Thursday, May 20: Save-A-Life Day (CPR & National Stop the Bleed Day)

·     Friday, May 21: EMS Recognition Day

Integral to the campaign’s success is the involvement and support from the corporate sponsors, strategic association partners and strategic media partners.

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NASEMSO Joins Public Safety Orgs to Applaud Introduction of LIFT America Act

March 12, 2021

As a member of the Public Safety NG911 Coalition, NASEMSO added its support to ensure the inclusion of NG911 in new legislation intended to upgrade our nation’s outdated, underfunded, and technologically inadequate 911 infrastructure.  All 32 Democratic members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee recently introduced the Leading Infrastructure For Tomorrow’s America Act, or LIFT America Act. The sweeping legislation will modernize the nation’s infrastructure, rebuild the economy, combat climate change, and protect public health and the environment. The legislation invests more than $312 billion in clean energy, energy efficiency, drinking water, broadband, and health care infrastructure.  A section-by-section of the bill is available HERE. The LIFT America Act bill text is available HERE.

NASEMSO “EMS Personnel as Vaccinators Report Released”

February 10, 2021

Information from every state, the District of Columbia, Guam, and American Samoa as of the first week of February 2021 are represented in this report. Graphical analysis of conditions of the state level allowance as a function of scope of practice displays EMS personnel capability broken down by level of EMS personnel licensure in the states. Readers should note that these conditions continue to change, and that additional requirements may have to be met at the local/agency level before intramuscular vaccination administration can be performed.

The report can be viewed here!

Partnership with Ninth Brain Announced

December 23, 2020

The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO)  announces a strategic partnership with Ninth Brain that aligns with our mission to support our members in developing EMS policy and oversight, and providing vision, leadership and resources in the development and improvement of state, regional and local EMS, and emergency care systems. Ninth Brain will serve as NASEMSO’s Strategic Software Platform Partner for providing communication tools, a learning management system, credential tracking, forms/ checklists, and more.

 

NASEMSO Submits Comments to Proposed DEA Rules

December 3, 2020

Nearly 3 years after the ‘‘Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2017’’ was signed into law, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published proposed rules to implement the federal law. The Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act was supported by numerous EMS organizations, with the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) leading the effort. The intent (and result) was to ensure EMS clinicians could administer controlled substances outside the physical presence of a medical director pursuant to a valid standing or verbal order. This amendment to the Controlled Substances Act also created a new registration category for EMS agencies that handle controlled substances. In addition, it established standards for registering EMS agencies and new requirements for delivery, storage, and recordkeeping related to their handling of controlled substances. The DEA published the proposed rules to implement the Act on October 5, 2020, at DEA Proposed Rules. NASEMSO submitted comments to the proposed rules within the 60-day period provided. Those comments are available at NASEMSO Comments.

 

Invitation to Provide Feedback in 2021 Field Triage Guidelines Revision

November 10, 2020

The American College of Surgeons, with support from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is leading the revision of the 2011 Field Triage Guidelines. As a part of the revision process, we are seeking input on the current guidelines from a broad group of EMS stakeholders, at all levels and in all roles. To obtain insight into current use and perceived strengths and challenges of the current guidelines, we have developed an EMS Stakeholder Feedback Tool.
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MAZDA HEROES: HONORING THE HUMAN SPIRIT

October 10, 2020

Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) is giving away the 100th Anniversary Special Edition Mazda MX-5 Miata cars to 50 hometown heroes who have made a lasting impact on their respective communities. MNAO’s ‘Mazda Heroes: Honoring the Human Spirit’ (Mazda Heroes) spotlights first responders and others across the country who have selflessly uplifted those around them throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

 Submissions will be accepted until Sunday, October 25 at Mazdausa.com. The 50 Mazda Heroes will be formally announced on December 2 Readers can nominate themselves or someone else at www.MazdaUSA.com/mazda-heroes for a chance to be honored as a Mazda Hero.   

EMS COVID Resource Reporting Tool Released

August 25, 2020

The EMS COVID Resource Reporting Tool was created by the NHTSA Office of EMS to document, in one place, agency PPE needs and personnel shortages related to the COVID-19 crisis. This will allow the NHTSA Office of EMS to present an accurate and current picture of the nation’s EMS resource status and needs at the State and Federal levels. Click here to access the reporting tool: https://nemsis.org/ems-covid-resource-reporting-tool/