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Fire Service-Based EMS Toolkit Revised

Fri, Jan 17, 2014

The electronic toolkit originally released in 2010 to provide fire service leaders and fire union officials with the latest information and resources on Fire-Based EMS has been revised.

Fire-Based EMS: NEMSAC Issues National EMS Recommendations

Tue, Mar 5, 2013

The National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC) of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a March 2013 summary report of recommendations for EMS in the United States.

NFPA 1917 Ambulance Standard Revision

Fri, Jan 18, 2013

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 1917, Standard for Automotive Ambulances, is open for public input until July 8, 2013.

Community Paramedic Conference Held

Fri, Nov 16, 2012

The first National Consensus Conference on Community Paramedicine (NCCCP) took place October 1-2, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

National EMS Curriculum Transition: What Are Our Options?

Tue, Jun 19, 2012

The fire service is a major provider of emergency medical services (EMS) in North America, which means that it's only fitting that we discuss a major change to EMS education that is now upon us, Jerry Biggart writes.

Executive-Level Alzheimer's Training

Mon, May 14, 2012

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) will launch a series of one-day executive level training workshops entitled, "Responding to Alzheimer's Disease: Techniques for Law Enforcement and First Responders."

Medical Directors Handbook Released

Mon, Apr 30, 2012

The USFA in partnership with the Office of Homeland Security’s Office of Health Affairs released a Handbook for EMS Medical Directors.

Culture of Safety Comments Needed

Mon, Dec 19, 2011

A newly minted three-year collaborative initiative between NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), EMSC (EMS for Children) and ACEP (American College of Emergency Physicians) will develop a blueprint for a national "EMS Culture of Safety" strategy.

NFPA 1917 Ambulance Standard Open For Comment

Sat, Jul 9, 2011

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) opened an additional public comment period on the revised NFPA 1917, Standard for Automotive Ambulances

NFPA Ambulance Standard Approved

Thu, Apr 28, 2011

The National Fire Protection Association announced April 27, 2011 that NFPA 1917: Standard for Automotive Ambulances had been approved by vote of the Technical Committee that worked to develop the standard for the past two years.

Finally: A Federal EMS Office?

Tue, Mar 22, 2011

In what is rumored to be a heavy push from the Obama administration, it seems that a Federal Office of EMS is about to be created in short order. Two meetings have been set to solicit your input on just where and how an EMS office should be established.

Toolkit for Fire-Based EMS Leaders

Wed, Dec 15, 2010

An electronic toolkit to provide fire service leaders and fire union officials with the latest information and resources on Fire-Based EMS has been released through a joint effort of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the International Association of Firefighters, and the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association.

Guidelines 2010 CPR and ECC Released

Fri, Oct 29, 2010

The long awaited Guidelines 2010 for CPR and Emergency Cardiac Care were published in a supplement to the November 2, 2010 issue of the journal Circulation.

Ambulance Design: From KKK to NFPA

Fri, Oct 29, 2010

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1917 “Standard for Automotive Ambulances” Committee worked quickly over the past few months to resolve copyright and legal issues that had stymied release of a draft document this fall.

FAA Proposes Sweeping Revisions in Helicopter Rules

Sat, Oct 23, 2010

In response to continued outcry over perceived lack of oversight and rules that would improve safety of air medical operations in the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced a set of comprehensive new helicopter safety rules that include air ambulances. The changes, if adopted, would strengthen flight rules and procedures, improve training and communications, and add additional on-board safety equipment.

Fire-Based EMS Opportunities

Wed, Sep 8, 2010

The combination of hard financial times and health care reform have intensified efforts to outsource EMS, overlooking the unique ability of the fire service to deliver timely, safe, competent, cost-effective and compassionate prehospital care. The Fire Service-Based EMS Advocates are working to advance the understanding of the unique contributions Fire-Based EMS delivers.

National EMS Education Agenda

Wed, Aug 25, 2010

In 2006, work began to revise EMS educational curricula in the United States. Results of that process produced a new EMS Educational Agenda, finalized in 2009 and currently being rolled out across the country.

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