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NASEMSO Program Advisor Kevin McGinnis Reappointed to FirstNet Board
(09/01/15) Kevin McGinnis, Chief/CEO, North East Mobile Health Services, and Program Advisor for NASEMSO, was recently appointed to a second three-year term on the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board. "I am extremely honored to be re-appointed to the Board," said McGinnis. "I have enjoyed the challenges and progress we have seen in my first three years with FirstNet. I believe, more than ever, that FirstNet will fundamentally change the way EMS is practiced. I look forward to building on the progress we have made to deploy a broadband network for public safety. The network will provide mission-critical, real-time information that will transform the way we all respond to emergencies for the benefit of our communities and the safety of first responders throughout the nation."
NASEMSO Publishes Report Assessing Programs of Community Paramedicine Systems and Service Development in U.S. States
(07/24/15) NASEMSO has published the final report EMS Office Assessment of the Status of Community Paramedicine/Mobile Integrated Healthcare in the States and Territories, completed by the NASEMSO CP-MIH Committee with support from the Office of Emergency Medical Services, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation. Increasingly, state and territorial EMS offices have been involved in leadership and regulatory aspects of CP system and service development. The purpose of the report is to assess that progress and its impact.
Forty-nine of 56 states and territories (88%) responded to this Fall 2014 to Spring 2015 survey. Only five EMS offices reported no known CP-related activity in their states. Just 10 (20%) EMS offices reported having no agencies actively planning or providing some form of CP service. Another 10 EMS offices reported services in the planning/development stages, and the remaining 29 (60%) had between one and 25 agencies offering CP services.
NASEMSO Program Manager Rachael Alter to Serve on EMSC National Resource Center Council
(07/22/15) NASEMSO Program Manager Rachael Alter has been selected to serve on the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) National Resource Center (NRC) Council. NRC Council members provide input on and assist with the implementation of NRC activities as prescribed by the federal EMSC Program. Congratulations, Rachael, on this prestigious appointment.
EMS News & Resources
Stryker and Ferno Issue Technical Service Bulletins on Inspection and Maintenance of Cot Fastening Systems
(08/18/15) In compliance to a request by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, both manufacturers of EMS cots and retention systems are issuing a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB). The TSB is notifying and reminding EMS providers of the importance for regular inspection and preventive maintenance with regard to ensuring proper performance of “Antler and Rail” style cot fastening systems. NASEMSO was asked to distribute the Technical Service Bulletin to our members. Stryker Medical on Aug. 18 released a technical service bulletin available here. On July 27, Ferno Group Companies released a technical service bulletin, also available here.
EMS Compass Releases First Set of EMS Performance Measure for Public Comment and Testing
(08/06/15) EMS Compass on Aug. 5 released its first set of EMS performance measures for public comment and testing. The initiative invites all members of the EMS community to view the measures at emscompass.org, test them using real data in EMS systems, and provide feedback. The public testing and comment period for these measures closes on Aug. 26, 2015. Download news release with details. Specific questions about how to test the measures should be sent to EMS Compass Project Manager Nick Nudell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TSAG Releases RFP for Synthesis of Technologies for Emergency Responders
(07/22/15) The Transportation Safety Advancement Group recently released a request for proposals for a project entitled, Synthesis of Technologies for Emergency Responders. The objectives of this project include identifying vehicle and wearable technologies and best practices for the general consumer and emergency response agencies.
This objective and the nature of the project as a whole strongly align with TSAG’s mission of “identifying effective ITS technologies and practices, disseminating actionable information and engaging diverse stakeholders to improve the safety of travelers and public safety responders.”
Adam Hopps will be the sole contact relating to this project. Please submit proposals, according to the guidelines in the RFP, no later than Aug. 28, 2015. Find out more about TSAG and its activities.
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