Advancing the EMS profession

NAEMT Positions

The following documents represent the positions of NAEMT, as adopted by its Board of Directors, on issues of importance to the EMS profession. To sort the active positions below, click the column header.

WorkforcePay and Benefits for EMSSupports equitable pay and benefits for all EMS practitioners.
WorkforceAccurate Counting of the EMS WorkforceBelieves that our nation’s EMS workforce should be accurately counted by the federal government in order to adequately plan for current and future system needs and ensure that our EMS system has the capacity to respond to large scale natural and manmade disasters.
Education/Certification/LicensingEnhanced Educational Requirements for EMSBelieves in enhanced educational requirements for the EMS workforce that support the evolving role of EMS.
Education/Certification/LicensingValue of EMS Stroke EducationSupports continuing education and skills training in prehospital stroke assessment and treatment for EMS practitioners.
Role of GovernmentEMS in Healthcare PolicyOutlines certain principles as crucial to our nation’s healthcare system and supports including them in healthcare policy.
WorkforceEMS Culture of Personal Resilience and WellbeingSupports the development of an EMS culture of personal resilience and wellbeing that allows EMS practitioners to become aware of and learn to adapt to their work and personal life, and cope with significant stressors.
OperationsNational EMS Data Vision StatementSupports the National Vision for the collection, reporting, use and exchange of EMS data.
OperationsAmbulance Strike TeamsNAEMT believes that all state and regional EMS systems and large EMS agencies should have Ambulance Strike Teams and Emergency Medical Task Forces established and trained to respond to large-scale emergency/mass casualty incidents.
OperationsDiscrimination in EMSNAEMT believes that discrimination in the EMS workplace is unacceptable and should never be condoned or overlooked.
Role of GovernmentEMS Preparedness PlanningDescribes how EMS should be integrated and supported in our nation’s preparedness plans to ensure optimal response
Injury PreventionViolence Against EMS PractitionersNAEMT believes that all EMS practitioners deserve to work in a safe work environment and that they should be afforded the same legal protection against assaults and other acts of violence as their colleagues in law enforcement and the fire service.
SafetyEMS Patient and Practitioner Safety Bill of RightsTo ensure EMS care is safe for patients and practitioners.
Role of GovernmentMinimum State EMS Licensure RequirementsRecommends minimum state EMS licensure requirements.
ReimbursementNAEMT Position Statement: EMS Reimbursement ReformOutlines the need for Medicare reimbursement reform to support quality patient care
WorkforceParamedic Transition Training Programs for Military Medical PersonnelSupports the development & funding of military medic to civilian paramedic transition programs.
OperationsMobile Integrated Healthcare Vision StatementVision statement on Mobile Integrated Healthcare (MIH) & Community Paramedicine (CP)
Role of GovernmentEMS as an Essential Public FunctionNAEMT believes that the essential life-saving public function fulfilled by emergency medical services (EMS) necessitates support by all levels of government to ensure its viability.
SafetyProtecting EMS Patient Safety and Quality InformationNAEMT believes that EMS agencies should have access to & utilize mechanisms that encourage & promote the evaluation necessary for continued improvement in the delivery of emergency patient care.
SafetyJust Culture in EMSNAEMT supports and encourages the establishment of a “Just Culture” environment within all EMS agencies.
Role of GovernmentLead Federal Agency for EMSOutlines the necessity for the support of the Federal government in the EMS system
ReimbursementMedicare ReimbursementOutlines NAEMT's position on Medicare reimbursement to EMS services for care provided.
OperationsMedical Direction of EMSSupports medical direction and oversight of all EMS systems.
WorkforceEMT or Paramedic Participation in Capital PunishmentParticipation in capitol punishment contrary to fundamental goals and ethical obligations of EMS.
OperationsOperational Safety and Domestic Preparedness & PlanningOutlines general requirements for operational safety and domestic preparedness plans
Ambulance SafetyEMS Ambulance SafetyOutlines general principles and requirements for ambulance safety.