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.
Top 5 for EMS On The Hill Day, New Mental Health Bill, Important Deadlines, and more...

2023 NAEMT Board of Directors Takes Office
Members of the NAEMT Board of Directors serving in 2023 took office on Jan. 1. With so many important issues to address that impact EMS practitioners and our patients, we are fortunate to have the diverse knowledge and experience our Board members provide. In addition, NAEMT President Susan Bailey has appointed members who will serve in 2023 on NAEMT committees and councils. Read more about them:
Top 5 Reasons to Attend EMS On The Hill Day, March 29-30
EMS Advocate of the Year
Submit Your Nomination for NAEMT’s EMS Advocate of the Year Award
The deadline to submit nominations for the 2023 NAEMT EMS Advocate of the Year Award is Jan. 30, 2023. Help us recognize those whose advocacy efforts went above and beyond in 2022. The award recipients will receive national recognition, presentation ceremony, and travel stipend to EMS On The Hill Day. EMS advocacy supports our profession and our patients! View Award Criteria
NAEMT Diversity Scholarship – Applications accepted February 1–March 31!
Supports underrepresented groups in joining the EMS profession to expand diversity in the EMS workforce to more closely reflect communities served. NAEMT will award up to four scholarships of $1,250 for tuition, fees and books.
Rep. Pressley’s Post-Disaster Mental Health Response Act Signed into Law
Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) sponsored bipartisan legislation which was signed into law on December 23 to expand mental health support for survivors of natural disasters and terrorist attacks that are designated emergency declarations by FEMA. Now, FEMA crisis counseling assistance will be available to all survivors regardless of a tragedy’s designation. This legislation was endorsed by NAEMT and many other EMS stakeholders.
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New Mental Health Resilience Classroom Course Now Available
NAEMT’s Mental Health Resilience Officer (MHRO) course is now available in an 8-hour classroom format, in addition to the previously released 6-hour online format. MHRO assists EMS agencies in building and supporting the mental health resilience of their personnel. There is also an instructor toolkit for leading the classroom course. Students interested in taking this course can Locate a Course for upcoming courses in your area or contact an authorized training center in your area.
NAEMT 2023 Education Catalog
2023 Education Catalog Snapshots Lifesaving Courses for EMS and Bystanders
NAEMT is dedicated to being the global leader in EMS education, ensuring excellence in education for the U.S. and international EMS community. The 2023 Education Catalog features 20 CAPCE-approved CE courses available to EMS practitioners, EMS instructors and the general public in flexible formats for your convenience and preference. View Education Catalog
NAEMT education is also offered in one-hour modules on and can be used for NREMT recertification. NAEMT members save 15% on all Recert products. View NAEMT education modules
NAEMT First On The Scene
Teach First On the Scene in your community – a 4-hour classroom course that prepares the public to respond to medical crises that may occur in everyday circumstances or during mass casualty events such as shootings or motor vehicle collisions. Topics include: bleeding control, hands-only CPR, treating anaphylaxis with epinephrine auto-injectors, and using naloxone to reverse opioid overdoses.
EMS News Briefs
  • Illinois Murder charges filed against two Springfield EMS personnel. Read more
  • Dispatch change cuts Kentucky city FD's medical call volume by over half. Read more
  • Why San Franciscans Wait So Long for Ambulances in California. Read more
  • U.S. faces shortage of EMTs, nearly one-third quit in 2021. Read more
  • San Francisco, CA, bicyclist fumes over ambulance parked in bike lane. Read more
Five Top Ground Ambulance Data Collection System (GADCS) Tips
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published Five Top Ground Ambulance Data Collection System (GADCS) Tips for Selected Agencies in Year 1 and Year 2 that are Required to Report Beginning in January 2023. View Report
2022 National Preparedness Report
FEMA released the 2022 National Preparedness Report, revealing the impacts that climate change and associated natural disasters continue to have on emergency management capabilities and communities across the country. View Report
February is American Heart Month – #AmericanHeartMonth
Heart disease doesn’t happen just to older adults. It is happening to younger adults more and more often, according to the Centers for Disease Control. February is American Heart Month, the perfect time to raise awareness of the risks for heart disease with members of your community. GotAED is just one of the many organizations providing resources. Visit
National EMS Week is May 21-27, 2023 
National EMS Week is a time to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation's communities. NAEMT partners with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) to lead annual EMS Week activities and will be rolling out plans in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can find informationhere to use as inspiration for celebrations at your EMS agency.
EMS Week
A Very Warm Welcome to Our Newest Agency Members!
Congratulations to the Winners of NAEMT's Holiday Raffle for Full Members
NAEMT held a holiday raffle for full NAEMT members in the U.S. Drawings were held each day, Monday through Friday, Dec. 12-16. The winners were notified and announced on the NAEMT homepage and on Facebook. View Winners
Avrey Wilson
Avrey Wilson, EMT, Receives NAEMT-CSU Scholarship Award
The 2022 Columbia Southern University (CSU) scholarship offered exclusively to NAEMT full members has been awarded to Avrey Wilson of Miami, Florida. Wilson plans to use the scholarship to pursue a bachelor’s degree in health care administration from CSU. She hopes to use the degree to help her launch a health care business. Read more
Lillian Bonsignore
Member Spotlight
Lillian Bonsignore, Chief, FDNY Bureau of EMS, City of New York
Since her history-making promotion in 2019, Lillian Bonsignore has blazed a trail as the first woman to serve as FDNY EMS chief, and the department’s first openly gay 4-star chief. Her journey to the top started when she was a young, single mom. She had an interest in medicine, so her pediatrician and mentor suggested she become an EMT. Read more