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Updates and Action Items

Emerging Infections Report

The EMS Section's Emerging Infections Committee recently released an update for EMS Section members to learn more about the latest on emerging infections (pdf).

Heart Safe Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to the Highland Village (TX) Fire Department (pdf) and the Stafford County Fire & Rescue Department (pdf) for receiving the 2014 Heart Safe Community Awards.

Strategies for IV Solution in Shortage

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists has released new guidance (pdf) for fire and EMS agencies on actions they can take to alleviate the current shortage of large volume intravenous solutions.

COAEMSP Releases Board Minutes

The Commission on the Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Profession (CoAEMSP) has released the minutes (pdf) from their latest board of directors meeting in February.

Updated Fire-Based EMS Toolkit Released

The IAFC and other national fire service organizations have released a new toolkit to assist you in explaining and defending the importance of fire-based EMS systems. This toolkit contains important information and resources which you can use to demonstrate the value of a fire-based EMS system to the public as well as members of your local government. 

IAFC Submits Comments on CMS Ambulance Payments

On January 24, the IAFC sent comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to suggest ways to improve CMS' calculations of the cost for providing ambulance service.

FDA Releases Drug Shortage Mitigation Report

On October 31, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released their report on strategies for preventing and mitigating (pdf) drug shortages. The FDA Safety and Innovation Act (P.L. 112-144), which was passed in June 2012, required the FDA to create a drug shortage mitigation task force and report to Congress on the FDA's work to prevent and mitigate drug shortages. Please see the FDA's report to learn more about the FDA's approach to combating drug shortages. 

Fully Involved Podcast

Subscribe: Fully Involved is a monthly podcast sponsored by the IAFC EMS Section. Each month, hot topics, news and current events affecting fire and EMS will be discussed by some of the leading professionals in the field.

Details: Resources > Podcasts

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  • Represents fire service-based EMS issues to the federal government and other interest groups.

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