EMS

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EMS has long been a function of emergency service organizations (ESOs) in many parts of the U.S. In other areas EMS is just becoming an ESO service. Issues regarding scope of practice, deployment, response workload, funding and others create challenges for ESOs that must be addressed in a proactive manner.  Consequences of inattention to the challenges can include declines in volunteer retention rates.  Additionally ESOs must ensure it is providing significant input into EMS system design and provider regulations.

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A Comprehensive Framework for Determining the Cost of an EMS System

The objective of this article is to present an EMS cost framework.
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Advocates for EMS: Board of Directors

A listing of the board of directors and supporters of the Advocates for EMS.
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Becoming an EMT: Urban-Rural Differences in Motivation and Job Satisfaction

Working paper on Becoming an EMT: Urban-Rural Differences in Motivation and Job Satisfaction (March 2007)
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Best Practices in Emergency Services: Safety Management Systems in EMS (Fitch and Assoc.)

Safety Management Systems in EMS- An Implementation Guide
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Community Based Needs Assessment

Community-Based Needs Assessment
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Community Paramedicine Evaluation Tool

Community Paramedicine Evaluation Tool
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Configurations of EMS Systems: A Pilot Study

This study highlights differences of EMS within the States expected distinctions across rurality.
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Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services

VISION: Resources and a listing of the Board of Directors for the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services.
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Cost Savings Calculator

A tool used to calculate the amount of money your department saves the community & resources provided for presenting to funding municipalities,
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Distance Education in EMS: A Literature Review and Rural/Urban Comparison

This report explores what is known about distance learning in EMS and how it is currently used.
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EMS Agenda for the Future

A vision for the future of EMS education, and a proposal for an improved structured system for educating the next generation.

EMS Agenda for the Future: Entire Document

VISION: The entire 2010 EMS Agenda for the Future document.
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EMS Community Planning and Integration Guide

A step-by-step plan on how to evaluate the role of EMS in your community.
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EMS Success Stories and Lessons Learned

Featured model programs and successful rural projects that can serve as a source of ideas and provide lessons others have learned
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Fire Engineering: Are You Ready for the EMS Challenge

Article from Fire Engineering
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Fire Service Based EMS Advocates: Best Practices

A series of best practice resources compiled by the Fire Service Based EMS Advocates
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How to Evaluate an EMS System

EMS World article "Things Your System Should Deliver" by Robert J. Sullivan
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IAFC KnowledgeNet

Discuss issues and solutions with other IAFC members online, share SOPs and other resources
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IAFC Position: Fire-based Emergency Medical Services

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) restates and reaffirms existing resolutions and announces its position in support of
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IAFC Position: National Drug Shortage

Fire departments and EMS agencies throughout the United States are experiencing critical shortages of drugs that are used to save ...
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IAFC Position: National Smallpox Vaccination Plan

The IAFC Recommends That Fire Departments Be Prepared For and Have the Capacity to Participate in Phase II of the ...
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IAFF EMS: Adding Value to Fire-Based EMS System: Monograph 7

VISION: IAFF EMS - Adding Value to Fire-Based EMS System: Monograph 7

Implementation Guide to EMS Agenda for the Future

VISION: Implementation Guide to EMS Agenda for the Future (2010)
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Integration of NREMT and EMS

Information on the NREMT website about the integration of NREMT and EMS.
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National Association of EMTs: Education

Information on NAEMT’s education programs.
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National Association of EMTs: Links to EMS Affiliates

VISION: A list of the National Association of EMTs's EMS Affiliates.
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National Association of State EMS Officials - Implementation of National EMS Education Agenda

VISION: A list of state EMS agencies.
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National Association of State EMS Officials listing of State EMS Agencies

A list of state EMS agencies.
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National EMS Advisory Council Membership

Identifies those responsible for establishing national guidance for EMS in the US.
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National EMS Education Standards

VISION: National EMS Education Standards (2009)
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National Registry of EMTs

Website of the National Registry of EMTs

National Registry of EMTs Recertification Requirements: EMT

VISION: NREMT`s Recertification Requirements for EMT

National Registry of EMTs Recertification Requirements: Paramedic

VISION: NREMT`s Recertification Requirements for a paramedic.
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National Volunteer Fire Council: EMS/Rescue Section Leadership

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New Hampshire Bureau of EMS: EMS Coordinating Board Best Practices

Guidelines used for developing department or service policies adapted specifically for local use (Updated December 2013)
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Orange Ribbon Report: Leading and Managing EMS in Volunteer and Combination Fire Departments

A report by the IAFC's VCOS and EMS sections that focuses on leading/managing EMS in volunteer & combination fire departments.
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Rural Volunteer EMS: Report from the Field

This report explores the current state of rural EMS.
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State-by-State breakdown of Rural Health and Human Services Resources

State-by-state breakdown of rural health and human services resources.
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The National EMS Scope of Practice Model

Continuation to the implementation of the EMS Agenda for the Future.
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VCOS Yellow Ribbon Report - Under the Helmet: Performing an Internal Size-Up

Background, statistics, resources, and action items toward a proactive approach to mental wellness in the fire & emergency service
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Virginia Department of Fire Programs: Virginia Fire Services Board: Fire and EMS Studies: Fire and EMS Findings and Recommendation From Previous Studies

Best Practices for Virginia's Fire and EMS Providers
  • VISION The VCOS International Strategic Initiative Online Network

VISION: The VCOS International Strategic Initiative Online Network

Resources that focus on specific areas of challenges relating to creating and sustaining viable emergency response programs
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Wyoming EMS Best Practices

Best Practice Guidelines are provided by the State of Wyoming, Office of Emergency Medical Services. (2012)