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.
New TIP Bill, Interim NAEMT Exec. Directors, EMS Violence Poll Results, Benefit Specials, and more...
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Happy Thanksgiving

NAEMT is proud to serve EMS practitioners from all delivery models every day. We recognize the challenges of your critical role, the physical and emotional risk, and the great sacrifices you make to ensure all in need receive quality care. Your patients, your communities, and our nation owe a great debt of gratitude to you and your EMS colleagues. Thank you for all you do and we appreciate all your families and friends do to support you. Be well, be safe, and have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


New Bill on EMS Reimbursement for On-scene Care/Treatment in Place (TIP) Introduced


NAEMT is pleased to announce the introduction of theEmergency Medical Services Reimbursement for On-scene Care and Support (EMS ROCSAct. This bill would amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide Medicare coverage of ambulance services that do not include transportation.


We thank Sen. Welch (D-VT)and Sen. Sanders (I-VT) for introducing this bill in the Senate and Rep. Balint (D-VT) for the companion legislation introduced in the House. NAEMT will work with leaders in Congress and national EMS and fire organizations to advance this legislation toward passage. 

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NAEMT Announces New Interim Executive Directors


At the monthly Board meeting held on Nov. 10, the NAEMT Board of Directors voted to appoint Lisa Lindsay and Kim Mace as interim Co-Executive Directors of NAEMT, replacing long-time Executive Director Pamela Lane.


Lindsay and Mace have agreed to assume these roles while the Board enlists a national search firm to identify a new Executive Director. In a statement, Susan Bailey, NAEMT President, stated, “We thank Pamela Lane for her service to the organization and look forward to the continued growth of the association under the new leadership.”

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Is Violence Against EMS On The Rise? NAEMT Survey Results

A recent study on violence against paramedics in Canada found that violent incidents are highly prevalent and generally underreported. NAEMT conducted a survey and the results are based on 406 responses received between Oct. 17 and Nov. 10.


  • Are incidents of violence against EMS practitioners increasing in your area? 75% yes / 25% no


  • Are violent incidents underreported? 95% yes / 5% no
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Welcome New Directors – Results of the 2023 NAEMT Board Election

Thanks to all Active members who voted in the 2023 election for NAEMT directors to serve in the 2024-2025 term. Voting was open from October 15-28. Our gratitude goes out to each of the candidates for their willingness to serve as a leader of our association.

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We congratulate the recently elected Board members whose terms begin on January 1, 2024:


  • Bryan Nelson, Director, East Central Region (2024-2025)
  • Gary Peterson, Director, Mid-Atlantic Region (2024-2025)
  • David Blevins, Director, Southeast Coast Region (2024-2025)
  • Michael Kaduce, Director, West Coast Region (2024-2025)


As there was no candidate for the Midwest region, in accordance with our bylaws, the vacant Board position will be filled by the NAEMT President subject to the approval of the Board of Directors.

The elected members will join the following returning Board members serving in the positions noted below for the 2024 term: 


  • Susan Bailey, President (2023-2024)
  • Chris Way, President-elect (2023-2024)
  • Troy Tuke, Secretary (2023-2024)
  • Rob Luckritz, Treasurer (2023-2024)
  • Bruce Evans, Immediate Past President (2023-2024)
  • Rommie Duckworth, Director, Northeast Region (2023-2024)
  • Melissa McNally, Director, Gulf Coast Region (2023-2024)
  • Shannon Watson, Director, Great Plains Region (2023-2024)
  • Tim Dienst, Director, Mountain Region (2023-2024)
  • Matt Zavadsky, Director, South Central Region (2023-2024)


On behalf of the NAEMT Board of Directors, we look forward to serving you.

Register for Part 2 of NAEMT’s Most Well-attended Webinar Ever!


Join us on Monday, Nov. 20 at 12pm CT for a free CE webinar on Managing Difficult Airways, Part 2, sponsored by FirstNet®, Built with AT&T. Airway management is a critical skill for prehospital practitioners. It can also be one of the most stressful interventions practitioners must perform. Any number of factors can complicate attempts to manage a patient’s airway, including difficult physiology, angioedema, foreign body, and tracheal burns. Understanding airway anatomy and physiology and recognizing best practices for airway management can bolster practitioner success. Join NAEMSP leaders Dr. Michael Levy and Dr. Ameera Haamid as they continue their case-based discussion of how to manage airway challenges in the prehospital setting.

NAEMT Radio Episode 19 Focuses on the NAEMT Lighthouse Leadership Program


In this edition of NAEMT Radio, we talk to three members of the first graduating class of the Lighthouse Leadership Program, John Sammons, Elizabeth Beatty, and Kyle Levesque. They share their experiences in applying for the program, the mentorship they received, lessons learned, and how they are already paying it forward. NAEMT Radio is hosted by NAEMT Member and Lighthouse Leadership Program Mentor Rob Lawrence.

Tune-in to Episode 19

New NAEMT Positions on EMS Issues


  • NAEMT Amends Its Position on Advanced Education for EMS Practitioners – On Nov. 10, the NAEMT Board of Directors approved an amended position on advanced education for EMS practitioners. Originally adopted in 2019, NAEMT’s position supports advanced education for EMS practitioners, the evolving role of EMS, and providing additional career opportunities for EMS personnel. View Position


  • Credentialing of Military Medics by a Medical DirectorOn Nov. 10, the NAEMT Board adopted a position on credentialing of military medics by a medical director that calls on the DoD to implement a program to ensure all military prehospital clinical providers, both active duty and civilian, are credentialed through their medical director. The position was developed by NAEMT’s Military Relations Council, in consultation with the NAEMSP Military and Federal Agency Chapter. View Position

Let Congress Know What EMS Needs To Serve Our Communities

Join us on Capitol Hill, April 17-18, 2024, to visit with congressional leaders and staff to help them understand the needs of EMS in our communities and states – especially during this critical time.


We’ll begin with a pre-hill briefing to meet as a group, hear the details of our requests to Congress, and answer any questions. Hill Day includes both seasoned advocates and first-time EMS advocates so it’s a great opportunity to network, learn, and gain insight on federal legislation and its impact on state legislative efforts.


Registration is open and the fee is only $20 ($40 for physicians), which includes two receptions and congressional scheduling services.

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EMS On The HIll Day



  • 4/17/24: 5:00pm–8:30pm, Pre-Hill Briefing and Networking Reception


  • 4/18/24: 8:00am–5:00pm, EMS On The Hill Day Congressional Visits

  • 4/18/24: 5:30pm–7:30pm, Post-Hill Reception

SAMHSA Grants – Resources for Applicants


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has a grants website for centralized information about SAMHSA grant funding opportunities, including Notices of Funding Opportunities, lists of grant awardees, and more. SAMHSA also maintains a list of all forecasted grant opportunities. Interested applicants are encouraged to sign up to receive e-mail updates about new funding opportunities. Email Sign-up


NAEMT is pleased to announce the new EMS Safety Officer course to assist EMS agencies in building and supporting the safety of their personnel. An effective EMS safety program protects agency personnel, patients, and the agency.


The online EMS Safety Officer Course prepares EMS personnel to serve as their agency’s EMS Safety Officer (ESO). In this role, the ESO will focus on keeping EMS personnel and patients safe through the development and implementation of the EMS agency’s safety program. 


The course includes a series of downloadable resources for participants to use to support their role as an ESO. Upon successful completion of the online course, participants will receive a certificate of completion and 5 hours of CAPCE-approved CE credit. 

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The new Cardiovascular Disorders course in ourCommunity Paramedicine series teaches students working as community paramedics to assist patients diagnosed with cardiovascular disorders. The course provides students with a more comprehensive understanding of cardiovascular disorders, including acute coronary syndrome, coronary artery disease, heart failure, and hypertension. It is approved for 5 hours of CAPCE credit. The Community Paramedicine series is designed to help students prepare to successfully take theIBSC Community Paramedic certification exam. As a reminder, NAEMT members receive $100 offIBSC exams, accessible through the Member Portal.

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EMS News


  • McDowell County EMS (North Carolina) pauses non-emergency transfers due to long wait times at Mission Hospital. Read more
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Kit on ambulances in Florida aims to treat pediatric brain injuries on scene. Read more
  • Knox County's (Tennessee) struggling ambulance service will change. What will that look like? Read more
  • An MRI-equipped ambulance: A game-changer for stroke care? Read more
  • Veterans’ access to ambulances protected with newly passed legislation. Read more

Curious About Becoming a Lighthouse Leadership Program Mentee?


Being a mentee in the Lighthouse Leadership Program (LLP) can be an excellent opportunity to expand your professional network, learn industry insights, and sharpen your networking and leadership skills. Engaging with seasoned EMS leaders offers the opportunity to connect on common ground with committed EMS leaders who get to know you and who will share an interest with you in your long-term success. Read more


The next application deadline for the Class of 2025 mentees is January 9, 2024. Mentee selection will be made April 12.

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Honorable but Broken
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Honorable But Broken: EMS in Crisis, a Documentary


NAEMT proudly collaborated with the Congressional EMS Caucus to host a reception on Capitol Hill to debut the documentary, “Honorable But Broken: EMS in Crisis.” The film explores the tremendous value that EMS brings to communities every day, inherent problems, and solutions some states are implementing to formally embrace and fund this critical sector of our 911 emergency service system.

It's Crash Responder Safety Week – November 13–17

This year’s theme for Crash Responder Safety Week (CRSW) is "Protect Those Who Protect You," emphasizing the public’s role to keep traffic incident responders safe while responders improve the safety for all road users. CRSW is an opportunity to promote road user awareness and adherence to Move Over laws and Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Responder Training for all traffic incident responders. Learn more

PCRF – 3-Day Research Workshop To Jump-start Your EMS Research

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May 21-23, 2024 | Applications Due December 31, 2023

The ESO/PCRF Research Forum is ideal for front-line clinicians and clinical leaders with innate curiosity and an itch to launch their next (or first!) EMS research project. The Forum matches participants with clinical mentors, methodologists, and statisticians to accelerate EMS research. Learn the basics of EMS research, explore required data elements, work with a clinical mentor and statistician, start to develop a research abstract for submission, and more.


Welcome New NAEMT Member and Winner of the Drawing for a Lenovo Tablet


New NAEMT members joining last month were automatically entered into a drawing for a new Lenovo tablet. We congratulate our winner, Cassandra Jernigan of Prattville, Alabama. Welcome to the NAEMT family!

A Very Warm Welcome to Our New Agency Member!


We are pleased to welcome American Ambulance of Visalia, California to the NAEMT family. We look forward to representing and serving you.

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.

November Benefits and Specials for NAEMT Members

NAEMT provides a host of benefits and monthly specials. Log in to Access Your Benefits and take advantage of these and other promotions. Not receiving full member benefits?Contact us


  • Amazon Business Prime – Save on business supplies in bulk through the Private Brands Storefront.


  • Avis – Save up to 35% on your next car rental through the Travel Savings Center.


  • Dell – Black Friday deals with remarkable savings on our premium laptops, with savings up to $400! The sales continue throughout the holiday: Pre-Black Friday: 11/6-11/20; Black Friday: 11/20-11/26; and Cyber Monday: 11/26-12/11.


  • Lenovo – Black Friday Sneak Peek: Save up to 60% on PCs and accessories, plus get free shipping.


  • MemberDealsFor a limited time, children ages 3-9 can visit the Disneyland® Resort for as low as $50 per child per day for a 1-Park ticket. Valid Jan. 8-Mar. 10, 2024. Savings of up to 55% are also available at other theme parks and on movie, concert, and show tickets.


  • UPS – Save up to 50% every time you ship. The UPS Store® also provides members with quick, affordable, and effortless digital printing solutions with easy online ordering.


  • Yoga for First Responders – Save 25% on subscriptions to Cyber Academy, an on-demand class platform.
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