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.
Board Election Results, Free CE Webinar, Holiday Member Discounts and more...

Happy Thanksgiving
NAEMT is proud to serve all EMS practitioners every day. We recognize the challenges of your critical role, the physical and emotional risk, and the great sacrifices you make to ensure that those 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 all that your families and friends do to support you. Be well, be safe, and have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Results of the NAEMT 2022 Board Election Announced 
Thanks to all Active members who voted in the 2022 election for NAEMT officers and directors to serve in the 2023-2024 term. Voting was open from October 15-28. View VoteNet-certified results
Our gratitude goes out to each of the candidates for their willingness to serve as a leader of our association. Please join me in congratulating our recently elected Board members whose terms begin on January 1, 2023:
Christopher Way – President-elect
Troy Tuke – Secretary (re-elect)
Robert Luckritz – Treasurer
Rommie Duckworth – Region I Director
Melissa McNally – Region II Director (re-elect)
Shannon Watson – Region III Director
Timothy Dienst – Region IV Director
Matt Zavadsky – At-Large Director
The elected members will join the returning Board members serving in the positions noted below for the 2023 term:
Susan Bailey – President
Bruce Evans – Immediate Past President
Steven Kroll – Region I Director
Juan C. Cardona – Region II Director
David Edgar – Region III Director
Karen Larsen – Region IV Director
Maria Beermann-Foat – At-Large Director
The 2022 ballot also included proposed bylaws changes, which were approved by Active NAEMT members. The bylaws changes will take effect on Jan. 1, 2023. 
NAEMT Announces Honorary Members
It is with great pleasure that we announce NAEMT’s new Honorary members, Paul Berlin and Richard (Rick) Patrick. Both have held distinguished careers in EMS and have provided outstanding service to both NAEMT and the EMS profession. These honorary members were nominated by NAEMT President Bruce Evans and ratified by the NAEMT Board of Directors.
Paul Berlin
Paul A. Berlin, MS, NRP
Paul has served on the Board of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP) for the past 13 years, participating in paramedic program site visits. He has conducted research and published EMS articles focused on the use of UV-C lights for infection control, point of care testing, and confined space medical care. He is approaching 50 years of National Registry certification.
With a Michigan Ambulance Attendant License, Paul began his EMS career with Livingston County Ambulance in Brighton, MI, and later became an EMT, receiving his National Registry certification in 1974. He went on to become a Paramedic in 1977 and also an EMT instructor. He later joined the Midland Hospital Center and began teaching EMTs for Mid-Michigan Community College and then, Paramedic program director. He then became EMS Programs Director for Tacoma Community College in Tacoma, WA. In 1988, he got a job with Gig Harbor Fire, serving over the years as Firefighter/EMT, Firefighter/Paramedic, EMS officer then EMS Division Chief until retiring in 2011.
Paul has been involved with the American Heart Association and served as a medical manager for the Washington State Urban Search and Rescue team.
Richard Patrick
Richard (Rick) W. Patrick MS, EFO, CFO, EMT-P, FF
Chief Patrick is Director of National Fire Programs Directorate for the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). He began his service with DHS in 2008 as Chief of the Medical First Responder Coordination Division in the DHS HQ Office of Health Affairs (OHA) where he led outreach to the first responder community and the development of the Department’s EMS System. He held several positions with this agency prior to joining the U.S. Fire Administration. In 2015, he was selected by DHS and served a one-year Brookings Congressional Legislative Fellowship in the U.S. Senate.
Over his extensive career, he has served in many capacities, including firefighter, fire lieutenant, fire captain, emergency medical technician, paramedic, flight medic, administrator, chief executive officer, EMS chief and chief fire officer. He has been actively involved with emergency services organizations, has served as Chair of both the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) National Advisory Committee in Washington, DC, and NAEMT Health & Safety Task Group, and serves as a member on several NFPA Technical Committees. He is a member in the College of Fellows of the International Academy of Emergency Dispatch (IAED), is a lead representative on the Federal Interagency Committee on EMS (FICEMS), and represents the USFA on several Federal and national committees.
Learn How to Win an Election at the Virtual NAEMT Political Academy
Political Academy
Join us on Dec. 6 for a highly interactive, free webinar, Learn How to Win an Election. During this live webinar, you will receive in-depth insight on how to successfully run for elected office in your local jurisdiction or state legislature from experienced political operatives and politicians, who are also EMS professionals. These experts will detail the strategies to political success through a facilitated Q&A session and then you will be able to ask questions on how best to prepare for your journey. Sponsored by FirstNet®, Built with AT&T. Register Today
Free CE Webinar on Creating a Culture of Workforce Engagement 
Join us on Nov. 17 to gain insight from EMS managers located across the country from a variety of EMS delivery models, on how they are implementing a culture of workforce engagement in their agencies. Engagement of the EMS workforce is a critical driver of organizational success. Learn the cost-effective and simple strategies these EMS managers are using to successfully engage their workforce, ultimately increasing their personnel retention and recruitment rate, and minimizing turnover costs. Sponsored by TCP/Aladtec. Register Today
EMS Workforce
November Member Benefits Kick-off Holiday Shopping Savings 
To help enhance your time with your family and friends over the holidays, NAEMT provides a host of benefits and specials. Log in to Access Your Benefits and take advantage of these and other promotions.
Exciting New Member Benefits
  • Take an extra 50% off Amazon brand batteries through Amazon's Private Brands Storefront.
  • Save up to 50% from Dell on PCs, electronics and accessories.
  • Get gifts from 5.11, Inc., for under $25, $50, and $100.
  • Save up to 40% on movie tickets and 50% on shows, tours and attractions through MemberDeals.
  • Save an exclusive 25% discount off all stethoscopes from Eko.
  • Save 24% on monthly service charges for qualified plans with AT&T.
NAEMT Speaks Out on Behalf of EMS and Our Patients
Last month, NAEMT requested the Labor-HHS-Education Conference Report include the Senate level of $15 million for Rural EMS Training and Equipment Assistance program (REMSTEA) grants. The request was made through a letter to congressional leaders and a joint letter signed with nine stakeholder organizations to U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders.
Make Plans To Attend EMS On The Hill Day
March 29 & 30, 2023
EMS News Briefs
  • EMS at End of Life, Douglas Kupas, MD, EMT-P, FAEMS, medical director for NAEMT and an EMS and emergency physician at Geisinger Health System. Read more
  • EMS departments across North Carolina are understaffed and overburdened. Read more
  • A man shoots suspect in Georgia who was threatening medics with knife. Read more
  • Ambulance company AMR halting estimated 28,000 rides in Southern California. Read more
  • Nashville ambulances facing unexpected EMT shortage. Read more
Affordable and Convenient – Great CE to Fit Your Schedule
NAEMT Education Discounts
  • The Recert.comcourse library offers HUNDREDS of high quality EMS and Fire-Rescue online courses, including NAEMT courses. Recert is a stress-free and affordable way to get the online CE you need for NREMT and/or state recertification. And, full NAEMT members save 15%on all courses.
  • Take NAEMT virtual refreshers for Paramedics, AEMTs and EMTs built from NAEMT’s evidence-based content. Courses provide CAPCE-approved CE credit. Locate a refresher course
  • NAEMT offers members free CAPCE-approved CE credit for live webinars on trending clinical and operational topics. 1 CE credit per webinar. Learn more
  • Access 8 hours of online Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS), Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) and Emergency Pediatric Care (EPC) and earn CAPCE-approved CE credits that fit into your schedule. Locate online content
  • Take a classroom NAEMT course to refresh your knowledge and skills with up-to-date, evidence-based content. NAEMT full members can use their education voucher for up to $15 on any classroom course. Locate a course
Raising Awareness of Traffic Incident Management and Culture of Safety in EMS
A Very Warm Welcome to Our Newest Agency Members!
New Resources Available on the NAEMT Website
Visit Us at the Texas EMS Conference, November 20-23, Austin, Texas
Stop by booth #559 to receive a warm welcome and to learn about the latest NAEMT news, education and activities.
NAEMT booth