Emergency Medical Services | EMS

The IAFC Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Section addresses fire-based EMS issues, and provides guidance and direction to the IAFC board and membership, as well as the federal government and other interest groups.

**EMS Section Board Election Call for Candidates**

The positions of IAFC EMS Section Chair and Director-at-Large are up for election this year. Interested EMS Section members in good standing are eligible to run for these positions. Candidates will have to submit their letter of intent, profile, and candidate platform to Ken LaSala, IAFC Staff Liaison to the EMS Section by 8 PM. (Eastern) on March 5. For more information, please consult the EMS Section Candidate Manual.

Heart Safe and Page Awards Presented

On June 11, the IAFC held the annual Fire-Rescue Med conference. The Heart Safe Community Awards and the James O. Page EMS Achievement Award were presented. The Page Award was presented to Chief Mike Metro, Ret. Chief Metro recently retired as the Chief Deputy of the Los Angeles County Fire Department and served on the EMS Section Board for 14 years. Chief Metro has made countless contributions to the EMS and fire service throughout his career. Read more about Chief Metro and his career online.

The IAFC and the PulsePoint Foundation also were excited to recognize the Harrisonburg (Virginia) Fire Department and the Chesapeake (Virginia) Fire Department as the 2021 recipients of the Heart Safe Community Awards. More information about these fire departments and their success in improving emergency cardiac care can be found online.

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With over 1,100 members, the EMS Section is one of the IAFC's largest and offers a wealth of resources to members and the EMS community. Benefits of EMS Section Membership (pdf)

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Staff Liaison
Ken LaSala

Dr. Michael McEvoy, Chief of EMS
(Term: 2021-2023)
Saratoga County, NY

Vice Chair
Chief Vance Riley, Ret.
(Term: 2022-2024)
Pearland, TX

International Director
Chief Norris Croom
(Term 2021-2023)
Castle Rock, CO

Secretary Treasurer
Division Chief Kevin J. Joles
(Term: 2022-2024)
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical
Lawrence, Kansas

Director at-Large
Deputy Chief Lee Richardson
(Term: 2022-2024)
Sachse, Texas

Director at-Large
Deputy Chief Shaughn Maxwell
(Term 2021-2023)
Snohomish County, WA

Immediate Past Chair
Chief David Becker, Ret.
(Term: 2021-2023)
Kansas City, MO

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