Emergency Medical Services Section
Updates and Action Items
Proposed Section Bylaw Changes
A change to the EMS Section bylaws has been proposed and will be voted upon at FRM. The IAFC Constitution, Bylaws, and Resolutions Committee has reviewed the proposed changes and supported their adoption. However, final approval must come from EMS Section members. Please review the proposed changes and come to FRM to vote!
IAFC Urges Adoption of NFPA 1917
The IAFC recently worked with other national Fire and EMS organizations to urge the U.S. General Services Administration to formally adopt NFPA 1917 as the federal ambulance procurement specification. Read the IAFC's letter today!
Enhancing Fire-Based Emergency Medical Services: Transitioning to the Next Level
When starting or enhancing a fire-based EMS system, there will be countless questions from fire service leaders, community officials and local politicians. This book answers these questions and serves as a guide for a fire department transitioning into, or enhancing, a fire-based EMS system.
IAFC Requests Ryan White Act Enforcement Agency
The IAFC recently worked with other national Fire and EMS organizations to urge the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to identify an enforcement authority for healthacre facilities failing to comply with the Ryan White Act. The IAFC's request comes after numerous incidents across the nation where hospitals failed to comply with the notification provisions contained with the Ryan White Act. Read the IAFC's letter to learn more about this issue.
FirstNet Releases EMS Update
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) recently released an update on the EMS-related projects. FirstNet will offer many new opportunities for fire departments and EMS personnel to better care for patients and manage medical emergencies. Learn more about how FirstNet will impact the field of EMS (pdf).
IAFC Endorses Controlled Substances Legislation
Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) introduced legislation which would codify the ability of fire departments to administer controlled substances to patients through the use of standing orders. H.R. 4365 comes in response to pending regulatory changes by the Drug Enforcement Administation (DEA) which would limit the ability of fire departments to use standing orders from a medical director to administer medications which fall under DEA controls. H.R. 4365 would also allow fire departments to register directly with the DEA and to maintain a single registration for the agency rather than separate registrations for each location. Read the IAFC's comments today!
REPLICA Interstate Compact
Does your fire department deploy EMS providers on USAR task forces or to wildland fires in other states? If so, where are these providers licensed? A number of EMS organizations, including the IAFC, recently completed the Recognition EMS Personnel Licensure Interstate CompAct (REPLICA). This project addresses the issue of allowing EMS personnel to work across state lines without having to be licensed in multiple states. It's now up to the individual states to adopt this compact and allow EMS personnel to continue caring for patients when they cross state lines. For more information, see the February 2015 On Scene and the REPLICA website.
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- Represents fire service-based EMS issues to the federal government and other interest groups.
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