Paper Submitted to White House
IAEMSC AND EMSLA Jointly Submit Paper to White House
Consolidated Federal Leadership for Emergency Medical Services
An Essential Step to Improve National Preparedness: A perspective from EMS on the front line The International Association of EMS Chiefs and National EMS Labor Alliance have jointly submitted a document to the White House that identifies the challenges and problems resulting from a lack of a lead federal agency with responsibility for emergency medical services. The paper offers a unique solution that may be possible through exercise of existing authority established under the Homeland Security Act of 2002.
“This document was developed following a presentation and discussion on the status of national preparedness policy and the role of EMS at the annual IAEMSC Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. in October 2010”, said Lawrence E. Tan, President of the IAEMSC. “We were pleased to work together with the EMSLA toward the common goal of building and sustaining emergency medical services as a critical component of our nation’s preparedness and resilience.”
The International Association of EMS Chiefs (IAEMSC) is a professional association established to support, promote and advance the leadership of response entities and to advocate for the EMS profession. The IAEMSC membership consists of leaders from both career and volunteer EMS organizations, representing a diverse group of public and private EMS agencies that responded to over 3.3 million emergencies and transported over 2.78 million patients in 2008.
The National EMS Labor Alliance (EMSLA) was established over twenty-five years ago as an information-sharing network of organized EMS providers across the country. The EMSLA now has over 20,000 members, as a coalition of EMS organized labor groups representing EMS professionals across the spectrum of EMS service delivery models and across the nation on national EMS issues.