PSAC Profile: National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA)

May 24, 2017
The National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA) is an association of EMS professionals whose mission is to promote effective leadership and management for all kinds of EMS systems throughout the country.
The National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA) is an association of EMS professionals whose mission is to promote effective leadership and management for all kinds of EMS systems throughout the country.

This is the latest in a series of blogs highlighting FirstNet’s Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC).  The PSAC consists of members representing associations and agencies from all disciplines of public safety, as well as state, territorial, tribal, and local governments, and provides guidance and recommendations to FirstNet in carrying out its duties and responsibilities. Its input is invaluable to the development of the FirstNet network.

National EMS Week is coming up! From May 21-27, the 43rd Annual National EMS Week will celebrate EMS providers and highlight the crucial services they provide to communities throughout the nation.

EMS professionals are some of our most important first responders and save lives on a daily basis by responding to a wide variety of medical emergencies. Whether they are resuscitating a heart attack victim on the scene or providing critical care for a drug overdose victim on the way to a hospital, EMS professionals often make the difference between life and death in medical emergencies. The FirstNet network will offer EMS professionals enhanced communications capabilities to help improve the quality and speed of care.

Emergency professionals, both doctors and EMS providers, are looking to FirstNet to deliver the prioritized LTE spectrum needed to keep up with emerging technical applications in telemedicine and out-of-hospital emergency care. There are new EMS applications all the time, and FirstNet hopes to spark the creation of even more. Apps could help alert first responders to someone having a heart attack nearby, or get information immediately into the hands of hospital personnel. In addition, the use of telemedicine could improve emergency response outcomes by enabling EMS professionals to provide hospital-directed care before the patient arrives at the hospital. “The platform that FirstNet will provide for advanced information sharing, including biometrics and video, will revolutionize the delivery of pre-hospital care in the United States over the next decade in ways that providers have never imagined” says Jonathan Olson, Deputy Director of the Wake County (NC) EMS System and NEMSMA representative to the FirstNet PSAC.

The National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA) is an association of EMS professionals whose mission is to promote effective leadership and management for all kinds of EMS systems throughout the country. NEMSMA promotes best practices in EMS and, in conjunction with its American College of Paramedic Executives (ACPE)[1], offers credentials for EMS officers at all levels of management. NEMSMA realizes the importance of emergency communications in providing the best EMS services possible, and recently created an Information and Technology Committee to focus on emergency communications. Jon Olson, deputy director at Wake County EMS, N.C., serves as NEMSMA’s representative on the FirstNet PSAC.  In this role, he provides FirstNet with vital input on how to meet the needs of the EMS community.

On April 25, NEMSMA participated in EMS on the Hill in Washington, D.C. with over 250 EMS professionals from across the country. The annual event allows EMS professionals to meet with their congressional leaders and staff members to give EMS a voice in Congress.

EMS Week highlights the crucial work of EMS providers and the need for enhanced emergency communications. NEMSMA supports EMS professionals providing care during medical emergencies and works to make EMS systems better and more efficient to save more lives. You can read more about NEMSMA and the important work they are doing on LinkedIn or Facebook, or by going to their web site at https://www.nemsma.org/.

[1] Until recently, known as the EMS Officers’ Credentialing Commission (EMSOCC)

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