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Updates and Action Items

Nomination Period Open for Heart Safe Community Awards

The EMS Section is now accepting nominations (pdf) for the Heart Safe Community Awards. This award recognizes departments in large and small communities who have implemented demonstrated creative approaches to improving therapies for patients with Acute Coronary Syndromes and its life-threatening complication, sudden cardiac arrest. Award winners will receive a free admission to Fire-Rescue Med in May 2014 and a one-night hotel stay. All nominations are due by April 1.

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. 

EMS Section Elections

The EMS Section will hold elections for the positions of vice chair, secretary, and director-at-large. If you're interested in running for any of these positions, please review the EMS Section Elections Manual (pdf) to learn how to declare your candidacy. 

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. 

ACEP Releases "EMS Culture of Safety"

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has recently released their report on building a culture of safety in the EMS industry (pdf). This report highlights important issues to consider in many key areas such as provider safety, patient safety, and community safety. See the newly released document (pdf) to learn how to build a culture of safety in your organization!

Flu Vaccine Recommendations for 2013

Are you concerned about the impact that the season flu might have on your fire department? Read the latest evaluations and recommendations from Kathy West, co-chair of the Emerging Diseases Committee, on this year's seasonal influenza vaccination options.

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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  • 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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