May 2017 EMS Update: National EMS Issues with a Local Impact
Vince Robbins, chair of the National EMS Advisory Council, discusses the panel’s role as a link between members of the EMS community and federal policymakers.
NEMSAC plays an important role in EMS. Authorized by Congress to provide recommendations to the US Department of Transportation (home of the NHTSA Office of EMS) and the Federal Interagency Committee on EMS (FICEMS), NEMSAC members serve as a bridge between stakeholders throughout the nation and the policymakers whose work impacts the EMS profession and the communities and patients we serve.
Our industry is diverse and oftentimes struggles to speak with a common voice. NEMSAC brings together every provider of EMS through its representative structure and speaks for everyone on the critical issues that we face. It’s your opportunity as a local provider or leader of EMS to have input on national issues through your representatives on NEMSAC and by attending meetings, reading NEMSAC draft advisories and recommendations and providing public comment.