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.
EMS Week, National EMS Awards, Great Trauma Education, and more...


National EMS Week is next week, May 19-25. It is a time to recognize how our nation’s paramedics and EMTs rise to the challenge time and time again in response to the needs of their patients and communities. The environment in which you work every day showcases your resilience, dedication, and readiness. You inspire us, and we at NAEMT consider it an honor to serve and support you. Happy EMS Week!


NAEMT President’s Message | Celebrate! EMS Week | EMS Week Proclamations

2024 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 Events for National EMS Week, May 19-25


  • Sunday: Health, Wellness and Resilience Day prepare your EMS personnel to 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.
  • Tuesday Shines a Spotlight on EMS Safety – promote the advancement of safety measures by inviting your EMS personnel to take the NAEMT EMS Safety course or honor your EMS agency by submitting a nomination by May 20 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.
  • View more special days and tips here.
  • Special Display at the Smithsonian – On Wednesday, May 22, starting at 12pm, the American History Museum will have antique ambulances and other items on display and a panel discussion.
  • Community Training Day on the DC Mall – On Thursday, May 23 (Save-a-Life Day), several organizations will be on-hand with presentations, CPR and Stop-the-Bleed training and more. Event to be held at 9th Street, center Mall, in DC.
Deb Lally

Welcome Debra Lally as NAEMT’s New Executive Director 


We are pleased to welcome Debra Lally, CAE, as Executive Director beginning July 1, 2024. Debra will draw from her nearly 20 years of association leadership and work with the NAEMT Board to strengthen NAEMT’s foundational pillars of EMS advocacy, education, and membership. NAEMT President Susan Bailey, MSEM, NRP commented: “Deb’s expertise will complement existing association resources and knowledge to propel NAEMT’s mission in the future. Her ability to build and reinforce relationships, and nurture new pathways for collaboration, will help position NAEMT’s programs and initiatives for success. We look forward to seeing how Deb’s contributions translate into the next level of service and support for our members.” View Press Release

New Publication: 2023 NAEMT Annual Report


In the face of continued workforce shortages and funding challenges, NAEMT remained focused on advocating for reforming reimbursement and increasing funding for EMS. We grew our internationally respected education program, and provided opportunities for EMS practitioners to forge meaningful connections with each other and their professional association. We also expanded our resources and your member benefits with options to support your well-being and improve your quality of life. The theme of the report is “Empowering the EMS Profession – Advocacy. Education. Connection.” Thank you for your continued support as we work together to advance EMS for our workforce, our patients and our communities. View Annual Report

2023 NAEMT Annual Report

NAEMT Radio Episodes Focus on EMS Apprenticeship Programs & Legislative Issues

In Episode 30, discussions with Henry Lewis, Executive Director of the South Carolina EMS Association, and Lieutenant Joseph Coley of Tazewell EMS, Virginia, include funding, start up, candidate selection and results. Scholarships, apprenticeship, rural health tuition assistance programs, and an earn-while-you-learn program to increase staffing numbers are also included. 


Episode 31 was recorded at the 2024 NAEMT EMS On The Hill Day event, April 17-18, and features NAEMT President Susan Bailey and President-elect Chris Way on our Requests to Congress this year: support EMS Reimbursement for Treatment in Place (TIP); House Support for the Community Paramedicine Act of 2024 (H.R. 8042); support for SIREN ACT reauthorization for an additional five years and encourage Congress to include $32M in FY2025 for SIREN Grants; and protecting access to ground ambulance medical services. 


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NAEMT Radio is hosted by Rob Lawrence.


2024 REEC Meeting

NAEMT President Susan Bailey and Director of Global Education Network, Kim Mace, attended the annual meeting of the NAEMT Regional European Education Committee in Athens, Greece. Our sincerest appreciation to all the faculty, that attended, for your insightful updates and discussions. We are honored to have you as part of the NAEMT education family. We want to extend a special thank you to Panagiotis Koukopoulos and all our Greek Partners for the exceptional event organization. It was truly a wonderful event!

Register for May 21 Live Webinar on Workforce Behaviors; Receive Free CE

EMS practitioners

EMS agencies across America are facing critical shortages of personnel. The solutions for finding and keeping more of the right people seem unreachable when reimbursement or tax support for EMS agencies is decreasing, expenses are increasing, and many organizations are asking more and more from their personnel. As the war for talent heats up, what role does culture and employee engagement play? Can building an amazing culture, that people want to engage in, provide a possible solution to the challenges of attracting and retaining personnel? Attend this webinar, presented and sponsored by SafeTech Solutions, to find out!

Register Today

Register for Superior Trauma Education – World Trauma Symposium in Las Vegas

EMS response to disasters

An outstanding line-up of expert presenters and topics are coming to Las Vegas and the World Trauma Symposium on September 10. The day’s stellar program will also be live streamed. Participants can receive up to 8 hours of ACCME or CAPCE-approved CE credits. 


Moderated by Col. (Ret) Warren Dorlac, MD, FACS, USAF, PHTLS Medical Director and Margaret M. Morgan, MD, FACS, CAPT MC(FS) USN, PHTLS Associate Medical Director, the Symposium offers more than a dozen topics, including:


  • Trauma resuscitation
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Prehospital truncal hemorrhage control
  • Managing MCIs
  • Geriatric trauma
  • Prehospital ultrasound
  • Maternal/obstetric trauma
  • Freeze-dried plasma
  • Traumatic stress in prehospital clinicians
  • Top prehospital trauma research 

Register by May 31: 

$205 in-person

$110 virtual

(physicians add $30)


Remember, NAEMT members save $125 on EMS World Expo 3-day program registration.

Maximize Your Time at EMS World Expo

Register to Attend NAEMT Courses

Register for NAEMT courses being held in conjunction with EMS World Expo, September 9-13, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Full NAEMT members save $125 on core 3-day EMS World Expo registration.

NAEMT Education

Participants will receive 8 hours of CAPCE-approved continuing education credit.


PHTLS 10th Edition Special Topics / Monday, September 9, 8-5pm – This session takes excellence in EMS trauma care one step further and offers participants a one-day course consisting of additional trauma topics not currently covered in the 16-hour Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) provider course.


Leveraging PHTLS principles of rapidly assessing a trauma patient using an orderly approach, immediately treating life-threatening problems as they are identified, and minimizing any delays in initiating transport to an appropriate destination, each lesson employs the latest evidence to reinforce EMS practitioners’ core knowledge and applies concepts through patient simulations and hands-on skills. Topics include advanced burn care, tourniquet conversion, crush injuries, advanced airways, sports injuries and equipment removal, and blast injuries.


Mental Health Resilience Officer (MHRO) / Tuesday, September 10, 8-5pm – Due to the difficult environments EMS personnel encounter every day, and the impact of both direct and vicarious trauma, our EMS workforce has long faced a disproportionate challenge in maintaining their mental health resilience.


NAEMT’s MHRO course assists EMS agencies in building and supporting the mental health resilience of their personnel. MHRO prepares EMS personnel to serve as their agency’s MHRO and engage with peers to: develop an understanding of mental health issues and resilience, identify peers who are experiencing mental health stressors and crises, navigate peers in need to the right services for help, and support the development of a culture of mental health resilience and emotional wellness within the agency.

Mental Health Resilience Officer

Participants will receive 8 hours of CAPCE-approved credit and digital resources to support an agency resilience program.

AMLS 3rd edition instructor update

Participants receive 16 hours of CAPCE-approved credit, textbook, and course manual.

Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) 4th Edition / Monday & Tuesday, September 9-10, 8-5pm – Endorsed by the National Association of EMS Physicians, AMLS emphasizes the use of the AMLS Assessment Pathway to best manage patients in medical crises. The AMLS 4th edition includes all new case-based presentations and patient simulations.


Participants learn to recognize and manage common medical crises through realistic case-based scenarios that challenge them to apply their knowledge to highly critical patients. Topics include pharmacology, respiratory disorders, cardiovascular disorders, shock, sepsis, women’s health, neurologic disorders, endocrine/metabolic disorders, environmental emergencies, infectious diseases, abdominal disorders, and toxicologic emergencies.


Does your agency have all the pediatric training, equipment, protocols needed to save a child’s life?


Find out by taking the Prehospital Pediatric Readiness Project (PPRP) Assessment. PPRP is an initiative to ensure all U.S. EMS agencies and fire-rescue services that respond to public 911 medical calls have essential resources in place to provide high-quality emergency care for children.

Take PPRP Assessment


NAEMT Speaks Out on Behalf of EMS and Our Patients


  • On April 30, 29 U.S. House Representatives sent a joint letter to the leaders of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education requesting that language be included directing ASPR and NHTSA to address our country’s EMS readiness and workforce shortage. View Letter


  • On May 1, NAEMT and several EMS organizations signed on to a letter to U.S. Senate and House Appropriations Committee leaders requesting $32 million in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Appropriations bill for the Rural EMS Training and Equipment Assistance (REMSTEA) grant program (SIREN grant program). View Letter


  • On May 3, NAEMT sent a joint letter to U.S. House Representatives Wenstrup, Sewell, Carter and Tonko to express strong support for the Protecting Access to Ground Ambulance Medical Services Act of 2023 (H.R. 1666). View Letter

Joint Position Statement of NAEMT and NAEMSP: Credentialing of Military Medics By Medical Director


NAEMT and the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) called upon the Department of Defense to implement a program to ensure all military prehospital clinical providers (including medics, corpsmen, EMTs, paramedics), both active duty and civilian, are credentialed through their medical director. NAEMT is grateful for the collaboration and support of NAEMSP as credentialing is a critical component to assure the delivery of safe and effective prehospital care.

View Position Statement

Joint Position Statement on EMS Performance Measures Beyond Response Times


In April, the NAEMT Board of Directors adopted a joint position statement with several EMS organizations, that encourages EMS systems and community leaders to implement an approach to EMS system performance that prioritizes patient-centered care and uses a broad, balanced set of measures to evaluate the effectiveness of EMS systems.

View Position Statement

Congressional Support Needed on Key EMS Legislation


Please send an email to your members of Congress encouraging them to support EMS by supporting the following legislation. Their support will help move the legislation to final passage. It only takes 30 seconds to send an email and ask your members of Congress to become leaders for EMS. The Online Legislative Service will do all the work for you.


EMS News Briefs


  • Butler County EMS, Pennsylvania, is only one statewide to run pilot program to combat paramedic shortage. Read more
  • New Alabama bill makes EMS and paramedics eligible for hazardous duty time. Read more
  • Post-Garza County EMS is first to use new scale technology on stretchers in Texas. Read more
  • Changes to Emergency Medical Responder training in North Dakota has many asking questions. Read more
  • Atrium Health Earns First Accreditation in Mobile Healthcare, Paramedicine. 'The accreditation serves as a symbol of excellence'. Read more

Submit Your Nomination by May 20

National EMS Awards

Last Call for Nominations – National EMS Awards of Excellence


The May 20 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 Expo in New Orleans, LA. Learn more

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PCRF Call for Abstracts — Education, Clinical & Systems Abstracts


Prehospital Care Research Forum abstracts are received from EMS clinicians, educators, administrators, and students from all over the nation and abroad. The author of the best clinical research will receive a $500 cash award and a travel grant of up to $2000 to present your research at an overseas international conference. The two best trauma abstracts will be included in PCRF’s abstracts for the International Scientific Symposium at EMSWorld Expo. Abstracts are due June 30, 2024. Learn more


You Are Invited! Attend the NAEMT Annual Meeting and save $125 at EMS World Expo

We invite you to attend the NAEMT Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV, Sept. 9-13. 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 are free to NAEMT members with the highlight being our National EMS Awards of Excellence Award presentations. Join us!

A Very Warm Welcome to Our New Agency Members

We are pleased to welcome the following EMS agencies to the NAEMT family and look forward to representing and serving you.


  • Polson Ambulance, Inc. of Polson, Montana
  • Superior Mobile Health of San Antonia, Texas


Sign up to become an NAEMT agency member and your agency will receive access to a complimentary NAEMT Mental Health Resilience Officer (MHRO)online course.


Learn moreabout NAEMT Agency Membership.

Columbia Southern University

Exclusive NAEMT Member Scholarship Opportunity


NAEMT is proud to offer scholarship opportunities to Active members to assist them in their professional and career advancement. Note the upcoming deadline of May 31 for the Columbia Southern University Scholarship, which will cover up to 60 credit hours toward one online degree program. Learn more

NAEMT Members

NAEMT Members at FDIC


Charles Geary of the Twin District Volunteer Fire Company of New York stopped to chat with Garrett Hedeen, Chair of NAEMT's EMS Workforce Committee during FDIC on April 19 in the Lucas Oil Stadium.

EMS Week
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Your service to your community deserves our nation's recognition and gratitude. You inspire us to serve Paramedics and EMTs from all service types and communities. NAEMT members can renew early (30-days in advance) and online, and introductory members can upgrade your membership to receive our newest gift with our thanks.

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Visit NAEMT at Upcoming Conferences

  • SOMSA, Booth #331, May 14-16, 2024, Raleigh, NC
  • CoAEMSP AccreditCon, Booth #16, May 31-June 1, 2024, Oklahoma City, OK
  • National Conference of State Legislators Legislative Summit, Booth #740, August 5-7, Louisville, KY
  • NAEMSE Annual Educational Symposium, August 11-17, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Arkansas EMT Association Conference, August 2024, Hot Springs, AR
  • EMS World Expo, Booth #2629, September 9-13, Las Vegas, NV
  • Mississippians for EMS (MEMS), October 14-16, Biloxi, MS
  • Texas EMS Conference, November 24-27, Austin, TX
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