Emergency Medical Services Section
Updates and Action Items
Proposed Bylaw Amendment
A new amendment has been proposed (pdf) to the EMS Section bylaws and will be voted upon on August 18 at the EMS Section business meeting at Fire-Rescue International 2016. Take a moment to review this proposed change and come to the EMS Section business meeting in August to vote. Online voting also will be available soon for those unable to attend the meeting in August.
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 Supports EMS Week 2016
The IAFC joined with other national fire service organizations to honor EMS Week 2016. The IAFC is pleased to recognize the invaluable services provided by fire-based EMS agencies across the United States. Please take a moment to honor your agency's EMS providers.
FirstNet Support of EMS Week 2016
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) released a statement in support of EMS Week 2016. Please take a few moments to view this statement and learn more about how FirstNet can assist your agency in providing pre-hospital emergency medical care.
Upated Fire-based EMS Toolkit Available
The IAFC and other members of the Fire Service-based EMS Advocates have recently released an updated version of the electronic Fire-based EMS Toolkit. This helpful toolkit contains all the resources you might need to defend and support your fire-based EMS service.
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!
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!
- Is a forum that addresses fire service based-EMS issues.
- Provides guidance and direction to the IAFC board and membership on fire service EMS issues.
- Represents fire service-based EMS issues to the federal government and other interest groups.
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