News & Events


2021 NPSTC Award Recipients

July 8, 2021

Every year the National Public Safety Telecommunications Commission (NPSTC) recognizes the hard work and commitment its hard-working volunteers demonstrate through important work on behalf of public safety telecommunications while working full-time jobs. The 2021 winners received their awards at the NPSTC Governing Board meeting on June 17th.  The NPSTC Chairman’s Award was conferred on Chief Kevin McGinnis. The NPSTC Chairman’s Award, created to recognize one individual who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership, was presented to Kevin for his consistent unwavering support and dedication to NPSTC and the public safety communications community. Chief McGinnis has served as past Chairman of the SAFECOM program, member of the FirstNet Board of Directors and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the NPSTC Governing Board. He is a past recipient of the DeMello award in 2017. NPSTC’s highest level award, the DeMello Award was created in 2006 to honor the achievement of Richard DeMello, one of the founding fathers of NPSTC and a member of the RCA, who was instrumental in bringing all the frequency coordinators together to form NPSTC. NPSTC grants this award to an individual in public safety communications who has demonstrated the highest levels of personal and professional conduct and performance in the local, state, and national public safety communications arena.

NASEMSO Collaboration on OOHCA Guidance Published in Circulation

July 8, 2021

NASEMSO members Andy Gienapp, Dr. George Lindbeck, and Dr. Michael Levy provided input to “Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services Management of Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” recently published ahead of print by the American Heart Association in its peer-reviewed, professional journal, Circulation.  Authors urge responders to avoid implementing major modifications to evidence-based resuscitation practices that could lead to a decrease in cardiac arrest survival.  Open access to the publication is now available at here.

ACS NASEMSO Joint Linkage Policy Statement Published

June 1, 2021

Please read our joint policy statement with ACS on EMS data linkages here.

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


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.