Emergency Medical Services Section
Updates and Action Items
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-AMR Host PPACA Webinar on Jan. 28
Join the PPACA Task Force Chair, Chief Mike Metro, and AMR Chief Medical Officer Ed Racht as they discuss how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act may impact fire departments across the nation. The compliamentary webinar will begin on January 28 at 11am Eastern and will provide important takeways on what to expect from the PPACA and how you can stay ahead. Reserve your "seat" and register 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!
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.
PPACA Task Force Releases King v. Burwell Analysis
The U.S. Supreme Court recently upheld the legal status of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Do you know why the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the PPACA and what it means for the fire service? The IAFC's PPACA Task Force has released its analysis of the latest legal challenge to the PPACA and explains the impacts this decision could have on the future of emergency medical services. Make sure you read the IAFC's analysis (pdf) and stay informed on the latest news.
IAFC Submits Naloxone Comments
On June 2, the IAFC submitted comments to the FDA in response to proposals to allow members of the public to administer naloxone to individuals experiencing an opioid overdose. Read the IAFC's comments (pdf) to learn more about this issue.
FDA Releases Drug Shortage App
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released Drug Shortage, a smartphone app to keep you informed of drug shortages. This new app also gives users the ability to report suspected shortages to the FDA. Check out the app today and see if it is a good tool for your agency!
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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- 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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