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NASEMSO Congratulates Executive Director Dia Gainor for Receiving the 2013 Outstanding Wildfire EMS Distinguished Service Award
(03/04/14) NASEMSO Executive Director Dia Gainor received the 2013 Outstanding Wildfire EMS Distinguished Service Award at the NASEMSO Mid-Year Meeting on Mar. 4, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. Her service was recognized to enhance awareness on the national stage as a passionate advocate. The award was presented by Gene Madden on behalf of the National Wildfire Coordination Group.
NASEMSO Congratulates Dr. Robert Bass for Receiving the 2014 JEMS Lifetime Achievement Award
(02/27/14) The James O. Page Charitable Foundation and JEMS, the Journal of Emergency Medical Services, named Dr. Robert Bass, as the 2014 recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Service in Emergency Medical Services. The Lifetime Achievement Award honors an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to the advancement of EMS over the course of a career. read more
NASEMSO Poster Competition Slated for 2014 Annual Meeting
Interested persons are reminded that NASEMSO is conducting a poster competition in conjunction with the NASEMSO Annual Meeting, Cleveland, Ohio, Oct. 6-10, 2014. The goal of the poster competition is to foster and develop system research and performance assessment and improvement skills in State offices of EMS and Trauma. Download the Call for Posters. Deadline for abstracts is Aug. 31, 2014. Questions should be directed to Terry Mullins.
EMS News & Resources
Final Draft Model Interstate Compact for EMS Personnel Licensure for State Adoption Now Available
(02/27/14) Over the past several months, NASEMSO engaged a National Advisory Panel with representatives of 23 national organizations, industry stakeholders, and guidance from the Council of State Governments and Vedder Price to develop a model interstate compact for states’ legislative use to solve the problem associated with day-to-day emergency deployment of EMS personnel across state boundaries. The final draft has been delivered to the Department of Homeland Security and rollout has commenced throughout the EMS community. Learn more.
FAA Final Rule Addresses Helicopter Air Ambulance, Commercial Helicopter, and Part 91 Helicopter Operations
(02/20/14) An FAA final rule has been released that addresses helicopter air ambulance, commercial helicopter, and general aviation helicopter operations by revising requirements directed primarily toward helicopter air ambulance operations and all commercial helicopter operations conducted under part 135.
This rule also establishes new weather minimums for helicopters operating under part 91 in Class G airspace. For helicopter air ambulances, this rule requires operations with medical personnel on board to be conducted under part 135 operating rules and introduces new weather minimums and visibility requirements for part 135 operations. It mandates flight planning, preflight risk analyses, safety briefings for medical personnel, and the establishment of operations control centers (OCC) for certain operators to help with risk management and flight monitoring.
The rule also includes provisions to encourage instrument flight rules (IFR) operations. It requires helicopter air ambulances to be equipped with both helicopter terrain awareness and warning systems (HTAWS), and flight data monitoring systems. Under the rule, helicopter air ambulance pilots will be required to hold instrument ratings.
New Document Focuses on Local Health Departments Working with the NIOSH HHE Program
(02/27/14) Local health departments often are asked by the public, a local employer, or a local government official to look into a health problem in someone’s workplace. Some have the resources to do this, others do not. A new National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) brochure for local health departments describes the NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation Program and how local health departments can use its services to help meet their public health mission. The brochure can be downloaded here.
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