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.
In Memoriam, the Best Trauma Education, Member Benefit Highlights, and more...


NAEMT was deeply saddened by the recent passing of two of our past presidents, James B. Allen (term 1996-1998) and Nathan Williams, Jr. (term 2000-2002). Jim was a gentleman of the South who made friends everywhere he went. He loved our EMS profession and helped to build momentum for it. 

Jim Allen

Jim initiated the development of NAEMT’s pediatric course, Emergency Pediatric Care (EPC) and explored a new course focused on assessing and treating emergency medical problems, Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS). He also spearheaded the launch of NAEMT’s first website.View Tribute

Nathan was a man of integrity and stature, who guided NAEMT through one of our nation's darkest periods – the 9/11 terrorist attacks. His unwavering commitment to the EMS profession and passion for improving patient care persevered. Under his leadership, NAEMT’s EPC course was realized, and he solidified the partnership to co-locate the NAEMT Annual Meeting with EMS World Expo.View Tribute


Register for the World Trauma Symposium to Get the Latest on Trauma Innovations

Attend on Sept. 10 in person during EMS World Expo in Las Vegas or virtually via live stream.


The World Trauma Symposium features insights from top global experts as well as the latest knowledge, techniques, and research. PHTLS medical directors Col. (Ret) Warren Dorlac, MD, FACS and Margaret M. Morgan, MD, FACS, CAPT MC(FS) USN, will moderate this stellar program. Symposium participants can receive up to 8 hours of ACCME or CAPCE-approved CE credits. Our special appreciation to our sponsors.

Register Today!

Register by July 26: 

$215 in-person / $120 virtual

(physicians add $30)


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

14 Outstanding Presentations

Bruce Barnhart

The Excellence in Prehospital Injury Care (EPIC) trial has demonstrated that EMS care can drastically improve survival in patients with moderate, severe, or critical traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Bruce Barnhart, MSN RN CEP, will advocate for aggressive prevention and treatment of the three “H-bombs” of TBI care: hypoxemia, hypotension, and hyperventilation; discuss how to achieve lower rates of intubation despite greater injury severity; and provide updates on prehospital TBI management guidelines.

Prehospital Civilian Preventable Deaths 

Brian Eastridge, MD, FACS  


Challenging Dogma in Traumatic Resuscitation

Zaffer Qasim, MD, FRCEM, EDIC


Pediatric Trauma Triage 

Mary Fallat, MD, FACS 


Disaster Medicine: Clinician Traumatic Stress  

Major Caitlin Castle, USAF, MC  


Training for MCI Response 

Jennifer Wyatt, Clark County Nevada Deputy Fire Chief  


Falls in the Elderly – The Gravity of This Epidemic for EMS 

Douglas F. Kupas, MD   


Prehospital Trauma Research Initiatives  

Prehospital Care Research Forum (UCLA) Abstract Winners  

Wound Patterns and Survivability: A New Perspective on Triage 

Kevin Mackey, MD and Chief Erik Saari 


Extreme Cold Weather Trauma  

Oliver Kreuzer, SAR Flight Paramedic, Air Zermatt (Switzerland) 


Prehospital Ultrasound for Traumatic Resuscitation  

Rudy Cabrera, RN, BSN, CFRN, EMT-P  


Current and Future Management of Torso Trauma  

David King, MD  


Freeze-dried Plasma – The Golden Ticket for EMS? 

Andrew Cap, MD 


Don't Panic: EMS Essentials of OB Trauma Emergencies  

Rickquel Tripp, MD

Join Us in Las Vegas for the Annual Meeting

NAEMT Annual Meeting

Make plans now to attend the 2024 NAEMT Annual Meeting, Sept. 9-13, in Las Vegas, NV. Held in conjunction with EMS World Expo, NAEMT members save $125 on the 3-day core registration, can attend NAEMT Annual Meeting events for free, and tap into a tremendous opportunity to learn, engage, and enjoy! View NAEMT preconference courses here. We are grateful for the generous support of our event sponsors


  • NAEMT Board Meeting – Monday, Sept. 9, receive updates on NAEMT committee activities, and other initiatives, and update reports from other national EMS organizations.


  • NAEMT General Membership Meeting and Awards Presentation – Tuesday, Sept. 10, share in the celebration of our EMS profession. We'll recap the year's activities, share future goals, and recognize the outstanding recipients of the National EMS Awards of Excellence. 


  • NAEMT Member Reception – Following the awards presentation, join us to celebrate our association with hors d'oeuvres and refreshments. Catch up with friends and meet EMS leaders from around the world. 
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New “I AM EMS” Recruitment Campaign Supports EMS Agencies with Digital Recruitment Resources


Submit A Photo Today to Become the Face of the Campaign

Calling all practicing EMTs and Paramedics, Active NAEMT Members, to Provide Photos! 


NAEMT will be launching a national campaign at EMS World Expo – #IAmEMS – to provide EMS agencies and educational programs with access to resources to use in their local recruitment efforts. If you are an Active NAEMT member and practicing EMT or paramedic and would like to be considered to be the face of the #IAMEMS campaign, please provide your headshot or full-length photo in your EMS gear! Selected photos will be used in digital templates made available for use through the NAEMT website and displayed at EMS World Expo and in other NAEMT materials.


Help advance EMS recruitment nationwide by submitting your photo. Additional details and photo requirements are provided in the submission portal. The deadline to submit photos is July 8. 

Submit Photo

Are you your EMS agency’s photographer? Feel free to gather your EMS workforce to capture individual photos for submission. 


The first five agencies to submit a photo bucket of their workforce will receive a free recruitment ad in the NAEMT Pulse.

NAEMT Radio Focus on Critical Access Ambulance Designation, Lights and Sirens

Episode 32features Steve Wirth, Esq, EMS lawyer, and John ‘JP’ Peterson, executive director of The Mecklenburg EMS Agency, to discuss the reasons, risks, liability, benefits, and outcomes of L&S reduction. The Mecklenburg EMS Agency NC (MEDIC) achieves a 70% reduction in the use of lights and sirens during responses and a 78% decrease in Medic-involved traffic incidents.


In Episode 33, Steve Kroll, NAEMT Advocacy Committee vice chair and NAEMT EMS PAC Steering Committee chair, provides key insights on Legislating for Critical Access Ambulance Designation and reimbursement. The legislation, if sponsored and executed, would reduce the financial vulnerability of rural ambulance services and improve access to healthcare by keeping essential services in rural communities via cost-based Medicare Reimbursement. 


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NAEMT Radio is hosted by Rob Lawrence.


Get the Education You Need 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.


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


All Hazards Disaster Response (AHDR) 2nd edition provider course / Monday, September 9, 8-5pm – This course teaches students how to respond to the many types of disaster scenarios they may encounter, including natural disasters and infrastructure failings, fires and radiological events, pandemics, active shooter incidents, and other mass casualty events. AHDR educates participants on:


  • Elements of an Incident Command System
  • Crew resource management
  • Communicating effectively during disasters
  • Triage systems
  • Mutual aid and interoperability.
  • Triage and transportation strategies and challenges.
  • Patient tracking and evacuation
  • Hazmat disasters


Content is presented in the context of realistic scenarios, culminating with a large-scale mass casualty activity.

AHDR is appropriate for all levels of EMS practitioners.


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.

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.

Expand Your Knowledge and Skills through NAEMT’s “Summer School” Education


Take time this summer to refresh and expand your knowledge and skills. NAEMT offers a diverse menu of educational content in a variety of formats:


  • Classroom courses – learn and practice in a live setting. Find courses in your area here.
  • Online content – take prehospital trauma, medical, or pediatric education in an on-demand, interactive format. View courses
  • NAEMT education on – this platform offers NAEMT education in one-hour modules.
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NAEMT Joins EMS Organizations in Response to Congress on Drug Shortages


On June 6, NAEMT and several EMS organizations sent a letter to members of the Senate Finance Committee in response to the committee’s proposal to provide a long-term solution for the fundamental market failures creating drug shortages. View Letter

New National Survey Report on Uncompensated Care in EMS


Like hospital emergency departments, EMS agencies are safety net providers, responding to all patients who access 911, regardless of the patient’s socio-economic status. Often, EMS agencies provide medical care to these patients, but are not compensated for those services, either by insurers, or the patients themselves. NAEMT and the Academy of International Mobile Healthcare Integration (AIMHI) distributed a survey related to the impact of uncompensated care in EMS. 


View National Survey Report on Uncompensated Care in EMS

View Uncompensated Care Survey in EMS Data Set(by agency type, response volume and state)

Advocate From Any Device on Important Legislation – SIREN, EMS Reimbursement for TIP, Community Paramedicine & Medicare Extenders

Support the EMS profession by sending an email to your congressional representatives in 5 minutes or less! Demonstrate your support for important EMS issues. Please take just 5 minutes to visit the Online Legislative Serviceplatform, click the Take Action button, and send the template email that is posted. It couldn’t be easier and is very important for our congressional leaders to hear from their constituents. Thank you for your service and your support of EMS advocacy!


Schedule Meetings with Congressional Members in Home District Offices and Town Halls 


Members of Congress return to their home districts during the Congressional recess in the month of August. Schedule your meetings today to get time on your Representative’s and Senators’ calendars to meet with them in your home district. Educate them on the needs of your community and patients, and help them understand the severe impact of shortages on ourEMS workforce and critical needs of EMS agencies and practitioners. NAEMT’s Online Legislative Service is a free service for all EMS professionals and makes it easy to contact Congressional leaders

Meet Newly Appointed NAEMT Advocacy Coordinators


We warmly welcome the newly appointed NAEMT Advocacy Coordinators: Kevin Binnall (Florida), Donald Hollis (Georgia), Rob McGraw (Maine), Dave Hall (Mississippi), Dan Dobleman (New Jersey), and Chera-Mia Ries (Wyoming). NAEMT Advocacy Coordinators are NAEMT Members (Certified or Licensed EMS practitioners) who are appointed to support the association’s advocacy goals by building NAEMT advocacy efforts within their state.


Do you know the NAEMT Advocacy Coordinator in your state? Visit to reach out to them to express your grassroots advocacy interest and support and learn more about the legislative priorities and initiatives of NAEMT. My state does not have a coordinator listed… consider applying at

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EMS News Briefs


  • One-quarter of Americans didn’t call an ambulance during a medical emergency for fear of costs, random sample survey finds. Read more
  • Long Island (NY) firefighters say new OSHA training requirements could strain volunteer fire departments. Read more
  • New York state Senate passes measures aimed to support emergency medical service providers. Read more
  • An animal tranquilizer called medetomidine has been linked to a recent rise in overdoses in Illinois, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Read more
  • Wake County (NC) EMS announces partnership to benefit veterans and their families with a federal program providing pathways to career success. Read more

Be Part of a National Effort to Improve Prehospital Care for Children


The National Prehospital Pediatric Readiness Project (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. The project is led by the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program in partnership with more than 30 national organizations and stakeholders. The survey takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Start Assessment

June is National Safety Month


Observed annually, National Safety Month focuses on reducing the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road, and in our homes and communities. NAEMT has resources to help keep EMS practitioners and their patients safe:


National Safety Month

Featured Member Benefits & Specials for Full NAEMT Members


Your time with family and friends is precious. To help enhance your summer fun, NAEMT provides a host of benefits and monthly specials. Log in to Access Your Benefits and to take advantage of these and other promotions.


  • MemberDeals – get select theme park tickets at child prices, concerts and sports event tickets at preferred pricing, and other exclusive offers at up to 45%.
  • Lenovo – receive $15 in rewards when you create a My Lenovo Rewards account and confirm your email address.
  • EMS World Exporeceive a $125 discount on the three-day core program at EMS World EXPO!
  • HotelEngine – save up to 60% on public hotel rates.
  • ODP Business Solutions (formerly Office Depot®) – save up to 75% on the ODP Business Solutions™ Best Value List of preferred products.

Are You Passionate About NAEMT and Would Like to Get More Involved?

Consider joining the NAEMT Network of Membership Coordinators! Our Coordinators work with the Membership Committee and staff to create awareness of the benefits of NAEMT membership, and to recruit and retain members within their respective states. Membership coordinators are needed in every state to help all EMS practitioners understand the value of NAEMT and the benefits and services that come with membership.Learn more

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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.


  • Cherokee Fire and Emergency Services (Canton, GA)
  • Lowcountry Regional EMS (Walterboro, SC)
  • Bolton Emergency Services, Inc. (Bolton Landing, NY)


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.

2024 EMS Week

Congratulations to the Winners of NAEMT’s EMS Week Raffle!


During National EMS Week, May 19-25, NAEMT held drawings for multiple items each day (Monday-Friday) for individual members and eight (8) online Mental Health Resilience Officer (MHRO) online courses for EMS agencies. We extend sincere appreciation to 5.11, All for One Coffee, FirstNet®, Built with AT&T, Critical Care Pocket Guide, Michael Saperstein, Ninth Brain, and the Get Ahead of Stroke campaign for their generous contributions to our member raffle and discounts.Congratulations to all raffle winners! View Winners

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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. Active and Associate NAEMT members can renew early (30-days in advance) and online to receive our newest gift with our thanks.

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Visit NAEMT at Upcoming Conferences

  • AEMTA EMS Conference & Trade Show, July 31-August 4, Hot Springs, AR
  • National Conference of State Legislators Legislative Summit, Booth #740, August 5-7, Louisville, KY
  • NAEMSE Annual Educational Symposium, August 11-17, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 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, Ft. Worth, TX
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