Advancing the EMS profession


The NAEMT Pulse is a monthly publication of NAEMT, distributed to all NAEMT members to provide the latest information about the association and the EMS profession, and provide resources to support our members carrying out their life-saving work.  To view the newsletter in another language, select the language from the translation button in the upper right of the screen.
National EMS Week & Member Specials, Annual Report, NAEMT Radio, and more...
WHAT'S HOT – Happy EMS Week!
EMS Week is a time to recognize our nation’s paramedics and EMTs for their steadfast response to the needs of their patients and communities. The environment in which you work every day showcases your resilience, dedication and readiness. NAEMT is honored to serve and support our nation’s EMS practitioners. Happy EMS Week!
NAEMT will conduct a special raffle for full NAEMT members and Agency members in the U.S., Monday through Friday during EMS Week. The winners will be notified and announced on the NAEMT website.
Special Days & DC Display for National EMS Week, May 21-27
  • Sunday: Health, Wellness and Resilience Day – support your agency’s mental health resilience by taking the Mental Health Resilience Officer (MHRO) course, developed with support from FirstNet®, Built with AT&T.
  • Monday: EMS Education Day – take time to recognize your agency’s training coordinator and the EMS educators who support your professional development.
  • Tuesday: Shine a Spotlight on EMS Safety –promote the advancement of safety measures by taking the NAEMT EMS Safety course or honor your EMS agency by submitting a nomination by May 22 for the NAEMT-ACEP Safety in EMS Award, sponsored by Technimount.
  • Wednesday: EMS for Children Day – partner with your local schools to celebrate the work that EMS practitioners provide to our youngest community residents.
  • Thursday: Save-a-Life Day – an excellent opportunity to share CPR and bleeding control techniques with your community.
  • Friday: EMS Recognition Dayhelp honor a colleague by giving them the gift of NAEMT membership.
  • View more opportunities.
  • Special Display at the Smithsonian – On May 23 from 12pm-2pm, the DC Fire and EMS Foundation will display an ambulance and other items from the Emergency! TV show. Learn more
Just Released! 2022 NAEMT Annual Report
In 2022, EMS was challenged by funding and workforce issues at great levels. Yet, EMS practitioners continued to serve their communities with fortitude and compassion. Read about all of the great work that our members accomplished in the
2022 NAEMT Annual Report: Advancing EMS For Our Workforce and Communities. We are pleased to share it with you.
NAEMT Radio Episodes Focus on Changes to EMS Operational Models & EMS Careers
The pandemic and EMS workforce shortage have forced EMS leaders to re-imagine their current economic and service delivery models without sacrificing patient care. Episode 6 delves into the results of NAEMT’s 2022 survey on EMS economic and operational models.Episode 7 examines the careers of two NAEMT members who share their thoughts about professionalism and leadership.
Maximize Your Time at EMS World Expo
Register for NAEMT courses being held in conjunction with EMS World Expo, September 18-19 in New Orleans, LA. Full NAEMT members save $125 on the core 3-day EMS World Expo registration.
Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) 4th Edition Instructor Update – Monday, September 18 / 1:00pm – 5:00pm / For current AMLS 3rd edition instructors. Learn about the medical changes, new course schedule and other improvements in the 4th edition of AMLS. Qual­ified participants will receive a 4th edition AMLS Instructor card and be eligible to teach the revised content. Provides 4 hours of CAPCE-approved credit. Includes the textbook and instructor materials. Register
All Hazards Disaster Response (AHDR) 2nd Edition Provider Course – Monday, September 18 / 8:00am – 5:00pm / For all levels of EMS practitioner. The new AHDR edition teaches students how to respond to the many types of disaster scenarios they may encounter. Provides 8 hours of CAPCE-approved credit. Includes the course manual. Register
Geriatric Education for EMS (GEMS) 3rd Edition Provider Course – Tuesday, September 19 / 8:00am – 5:00pm / For all levels of EMS practitioner. This latest GEMS edition empowers EMS practitioners to help improve medical outcomes and quality of life for geriatric patients. Features case-based lectures,videos, patient simulations, and small group scenarios. Provides 8 hours of CAPCE-approved credit. Includes the course manual. Register
Experts Share Extraordinary Lessons in Prehospital Trauma Care at World Trauma Symposium
Dr. Frank Butler
Dive Emergencies
Dr. Frank Butler
Dr. Peter DiBlieux
Controversies in Airway Management: Pediatrics and Adults
Dr. Peter DeBlieux
Dr. Curtis Conklin
Tourniquet Field Assessment and Conversion
Command Sergeant Major Curt Conklin
Register for the World Trauma Symposium on Sep. 19 to hear the latest on these and other leading topics. The World Trauma Symposium will be moderated by Col. (Ret) Warren Dorlac, MD, FACS, USAF, PHTLS Medical Director, and CAPT Margaret M. Morgan, MD, FACS, MC (FS/FMF) USNR, PHTLS Associate Medical Director. View program
NAEMT EMS Advocacy
Senators Durbin and Cramer Request Increased SIREN Grant Funding
On April 13, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and 16 other Senators sent a letter to Congressional leaders requesting that the FY 2024 Appropriations bill include robust funding to bolster EMS in rural areas. View Letter
NAEMT Speaks Out on Behalf of EMS and Our Patients
  • On May 10, NAEMT signed onto a joint letter requesting Congress to ensure that EMS agencies are eligible for and have access to federal grants for workforce development. View letter
  • NAEMT published a new position calling for the level and quality of participation by EMS in DHS fusion centers to be standardized across the national network to ensure that fusion centers have consistent access to information and intelligence collected by EMS. Standardized input from EMS would provide fusion centers with accurate, real-time surveillance, promote better bidirectional flows of information between EMS and the fusion centers, improve the analysis capacity of fusion centers and improve responder situational awareness and safety. Read full statement
Help Save the EMS Workforce – Send an Email to Your Congressional Leaders
Make sure your U.S. Senators and House Representative hear from you on the key issues impacting EMS. The Online Legislative Service makes it easy to advocate from home and at your convenience. Simply click the Take Action button at the end of each issue to send an email to your members of Congress. Please send emails on these issues:
  • Save the EMS Workforce
  • Fund and Reauthorize the Supporting and Improving Rural EMS Needs (SIREN) Law
  • Support H.R. 1666, Protecting Access to Ground Ambulance Medical Services Act of 2023
  • Reimburse EMS for Treatment in Place (TIP) and Transport to Alternate Destination (TAD)
  • Join the EMS Caucus (House of Representatives)
For assistance, email us at Thank you for taking time to advocate for EMS! 
FAQs on CMS Waivers and the End of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
The Department of Health and Human Services ended the federal public health emergency for COVID-19 on May 11, 2023. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued FAQs for all CMS programs to assist with implementation. For more information, review the CMS fact sheet and website
EMS News Briefs
  • Arizona 12-Year-Old Collapses During Soccer Practice After Suffering From Cardiac Episode. Read more
  • Arrest made after Chatham (GA) EMS paramedic, EMTs assaulted. Read more
  • Narcan vending machine opens in Morgantown, WV. Read more
  • Raleigh, NC, Police are investigating a man for potentially impersonating a paramedic, who in one case took a person's blood pressure before first responders arrived. Read more
  • New cars are blocking out more sound, even ambulance sirens in Hawaii. Enter the Howler. Read more
New Mental Health at Work Initiative Launched
On May 1, the U.S. Department of Labor launched its “Mental Health at Work” initiative in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month. The initiative aims to increase awareness of mental health and well-being within workplaces and promote best practices and compliance by employers. Learn more
DOL mental health initiative
Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance Promotes “We Remember Night”
On May 19 at 9 pm, the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance is asking fire, EMS and dispatch agencies to place a rig or ambulance on their driveway with their emergency lights on for one minute to express support for all of our brothers and sisters whose voices have gone silent by suicide and to remember the families that have suffered this tragic loss.
Last Call for Nominations – National EMS Awards of Excellence
The May 22 nomination deadline is drawing near! Please help us recognize the very best in EMS by nominatinga colleague for one of the National EMS Awards of Excellence. Individual award categories include: EMT, paramedic, military medic, EMS educator, EMS medical director and pediatric EMS care. Agency awards include Safety in EMS, career, volunteer, EMS caring and Wellness and Resilience. Recipients receive national recognition, $1,000 in cash and $1,200 for travel and lodging plus three core program registrations at this year’s EMS World Expoin New Orleans, LA. Learn more
National EMS Awards of Excellence
PCRF Call for Abstracts — Using Science to Advance EMS
Each year the Call for Abstracts highlights the Prehospital Care Research Forum at UCLA activities. Abstracts are received from EMS clinicians, educators, administrators, and students from all over the nation and abroad. A peer-review process determines which authors are invited to present their study at a national conference. Education, Clinical and Systems abstracts are due June 30, 2023. Learn more
You're Invited! Attend the NAEMT Annual Meeting – Save $125 on EMS World Expo Registration
Please join us for the NAEMT Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA, Sept. 18-21. Held in conjunction with EMS World Expo, the events, meetings and receptions provide time for NAEMT members to engage, learn and enjoy. NAEMT Annual Meeting events including the NAEMT General Membership Meeting and Awards Presentation and NAEMT Member Reception, are free for NAEMT members. Join us!
2023 NAEMT Annual Meeting
NAEMT Annual Meeting
EMS Scholarships Available for NAEMT Members
EMS education scholarship
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NAEMT is proud to offer EMS scholarship opportunities for Active members to assist them in furthering their EMS education. $25,000 in scholarships are awarded each year. Scholarship opportunities are offered twice yearlyThe next round of applications will be accepted between July 15 – September 15 for EMS programs that begin in February through July, 2024. The following scholarships are available:
  • First Responders (to become EMT-Basic) – up to $500 each
  • EMT-Basic (to become Paramedic) – up to $5,000 each
  • Paramedics (to advance education in the realm of EMS) – up to $2,000 each
Member Tips: How Do We Build Resilience?
Chaplain Kirk Gitt, EMT, Mental Health Resilience Officer, and NAEMT Membership Coordinator for the state of Pennsylvania offers these tips:
  1. Develop a good respect for yourself. Having self-respect will reflect how you will deal with various situations.
  2. Try to find time for yourself to relax; reading, exercising, etc. Within this time, take time to reflect on your own feelings.
  3. Come up with a hobby; fishing, golfing, hiking, etc. You would be surprised how much of a stress reliever this activity would be.
  4. Try to eat healthier. 
Also, consider taking the NAEMT Mental Health Resilience Officer (MHRO) course.
New on the NAEMT Website
  • Full NAEMT members: login to the Member Portal and Access Your Benefits to request your NAEMT ID card and member certificate, suitable for framing. Upon request, your ID card and certificate will be emailed to your email address on file. Click here to login and access this benefit.
Visit Us at Upcoming Conferences
We love meeting NAEMT members in person! Stop by the booth at upcoming conferences.
NAEMT booth
May 31-June 4
Louisville, KY                   
September 18-22
EMS World Expo
New Orleans, LA             
October 19-22
Vital Signs
Syracuse, NY                   
November 2-5
Colorado EMS Conference
Keystone, CO