NASEMSO supports nationwide access to high quality emergency medical services. We urge that solutions be aggressively sought to improve system capacity, contiguity and continuity of service, infrastructure, and technologies necessary and desirable to effect full access to EMS for all people in the United States.
Nationwide 9-1-1 and EMD
In many areas of the country, 9-1-1 is still not available -- and enhanced 9-1-1 is available in fewer areas yet. The training and certification requirements of emergency medical dispatchers vary from state to state and even within communities. Nationwide mapping is still incomplete, and automatic location identification technology for cellular phones is in the early stages of development.
Because nationwide access to a uniform emergency number and dispatchers trained to give life-saving pre-arrival instructions is essential to the nation's emergency medical services system, NASEMSO supports nationwide 9-1-1 and uniform EMD training and certification.
Further, we urge that necessary resources and incentives be applied to assure the rapid completion of necessary mapping and automatic location identification technologies.