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.
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Patient Safety Awareness Week

This Week, We Recognize the Importance of Patient Safety


Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 10-16, helps to raise awareness about the importance of patient safety. If your EMS agency would like to highlight its commitment to patient safety, email a photo of your team at your agency or at a community event for us to share. Download this Free Toolkit for social media opportunities. Thank you!

Important Application Deadlines for EMS Grants


  • March 20: SAMHSA 2024 Rural EMS Training/SIREN Grants Learn tips on submitting a winning Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant proposal. View the Notice of Funding Opportunity or visit the SAMHSA website


  • April 4 – August 29: US DOT's Safe Streets and Roads for All – The US Department of Transportation's Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) FY 2024 Notice of Funding Opportunity is now open for applications. The SS4A program funds several initiatives through grants to prevent deaths and serious injuries on our nation's roadways. Learn more
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Share Your Story, Your Insight, Your Agency’s Needs at EMS On The Hill Day

Members of Congress need to hear from you, so they better understand the many challenges we face in EMS – workforce, resources, patient and practitioner safety – which put the communities we serve at risk. Register today to share your story at EMS On The Hill Day on April 18NAEMT membership is not required. Support your colleagues on Capitol Hill who will share one voice in requesting congressional support of:

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  • SIREN reauthorization and fundingrequest FY 2024 Appropriations to include $31 million for this grant program to support the recruitment, retention, education, and equipping of EMS personnel.


  • TIP/TADrequest reimbursement based on EMS care provided, rather than transport to a hospital only; provides EMS the flexibility to navigate patients to the right care.


  • MIH (community paramedicine)request reimbursement for services provided by EMS practitioners in patients’ homes where access to care is limited, especially in rural areas.


  • Medicare Extendersrequest an extension of the Medicare add-on payments for 3 more years through the cost data collection period.



The registration fee is just $20 ($40 for physicians) through March 15, 2024. After March 15, the fee is $40 ($60 for physicians). Registration is open until March 25. NAEMT handles all scheduling and provides the resources for a successful Hill Day. 

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EMS On The Hill Day Schedule

Wednesday, April 17

3–7pm – Check-in 

5:30–8pm – Pre-Hill Briefing and Networking Reception

Thursday, April 18

8am–5pm – Congressional Visits

5:30–7:30pm – Post-Hill Day Reception

NAEMT Radio Highlights Prehospital Obstetric Care and High School EMS Programs

Episode 26 discusses Recruiting the Next Generation Through High School EMS Programs with subject experts – Chief Julius Jackson, EMS Program Director from Eastern High School in Washington, DC, and John Cavell, Education Manager from the Louisiana Department of Health Bureau of EMS.


Episode 27 features Emily M. Nichols, MD, on Prehospital Obstetric Care: The Rise in US Maternal Morbidity/Mortality Rates. Prehospital obstetric care plays a crucial role in addressing and mitigating challenges, such as access to care, health disparities, provider training and resources, communication and coordination, and more.


NAEMT Radio is hosted by NAEMT Member and Lighthouse Leadership Program Mentor – Rob Lawrence.

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Free CE Webinar Focuses on Equal and Equitable EMS System Considerations

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EQUAL and EQUITABLE deployment operations for EMS agencies come down to two foundational elements: where you are located (coverage) and how you get resources to the patient (response). Join Chiefs Tim Nowak and Steve Noble, Fire/EMS Consultants for Public Consulting Group, as they break down the “where” and “how” to help you determine if your EMS agency – or system – is more equal or equitable in its current design and will pose some questions to get you thinking about whether your approach really is best for your community. Sponsored by Public Consulting Group.


Wednesday, March 27 / 1pm CT

1 hour of free CE credit

Exciting and New – Member Benefits to Enhance Your Personal and Professional Life


We are thrilled to offer you new and improved member benefitsLog in to the Member Portal to Access Your Benefits and take advantage of these benefits. As always, thank you for your membership and service.


  • Columbia Southern University Two exclusive NAEMT scholarships per year are now offered, instead of one! Each scholarship will cover up to 60 credit hours toward one online degree program. Individuals who have a current paramedic certification could receive up to 30 hours of transfer credit toward one of CSU's EMS degrees.The first scholarship application period is open now and being accepted through May 31. The second application period is July 30-October 31.


  • DellNew 5% off stackable coupon has been added to other deals like a best price guarantee on consumer PCs and a discount to Active military and veterans. View details


  • Amazon Business Primereceive a 25% coupon for savings up to $50 available to ALL NAEMT members in the U.S. Coupons will be available for redemption until end of April 2024. View details


  • EMS World Exposave $125 on the 3-day conference program. On the Access Your Benefits page, select the Register link within the EMS World Expo section to be redirected to the conference registration form where the discount will be automatically applied.
NAM Change Maker

NAEMT Joins the National Academy of Medicine Change Maker Campaign


NAEMT is proud to join the hundreds of organizations supporting efforts to address burnout on behalf of our EMS workforce as a National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Change Maker. A kickoff event was held in Washington, DC on March 11 and there will be a Health Workforce Well-Being Day of Awareness on March 18. Learn more

Help Build Momentum for Important EMS Issues Right From Your Home

NAEMT's Online Legislative Service is a free platform with resources to make grassroots advocacy easier.


  • Send a “Join the EMS Caucus” email to Your U.S. House Representative. The Congressional EMS Caucus brings a more disciplined focus on legislative issues and a cohesive bipartisan message on EMS issues.


  • Email your Senator and Representatives and ask them to support EMS. View their voting record and other information. View Congressional Leaders





NAEMT Preconference Workshop at ACCREDITCON, May 30-June 2

Join top NAEMT faculty on May 30 for a new preconference workshop on Integrating Evidence-Based Courses into Your Paramedic Program. Paramedic program directors can leverage continuing education curricula to enhance initial education and meet paramedic competency requirements. NAEMT educators will review the importance of patient simulation; address administrative challenges; offer sample course activities, case studies, and patient simulations; and assist with mapping to course curricula and Student Minimum Competency Recommendations (previously Appendix G). Learn More

New AHDR Instructor Update Available Online


The new online All Hazards Disaster Response (AHDR) 2nd Edition Instructor Update in English is now available through our publisher, the Public Safety Group of Jones & Bartlett Learning. The 2nd edition of AHDR provides a comprehensive resource to prepare EMS professionals for disaster response in any region. All current (1st edition) AHDR instructors will have until August 31, 2024 to complete this Update in order to be recognized as an AHDR 2nd edition instructor. View Update


Other recent NAEMT education updates include the Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) 4th edition Instructor Update and the EMS Vehicle Operator Safety (EVOS) 2nd edition online course.

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2024 World Trauma Symposium

Trauma Innovations: Transforming Prehospital Care

Make plans now to join us in Las Vegas, Nevada, or via live stream, on Tuesday, September 10, for the World Trauma Symposium.

Receive the best in prehospital trauma education at the World Trauma Symposium on September 10, either in-person in Las Vegas, Nevada, or virtual live stream. The Symposium features insights from top global experts and provides top-quality education you can’t get anywhere else. Participants can receive up to 8 hours of ACCME or CAPCE-approved CE credits.


The Symposium will be moderated by: Col. (Ret) Warren Dorlac, MD, FACS, USAF, PHTLS Medical Director and Margaret M. Morgan, MD, FACS, CAPT MC(FS) USN, PHTLS Associate Medical Director. The Symposium includes more than a dozen topics, such as:


  • Top Prehospital Trauma Research
  • Managing MCIs
  • Prehospital Ultrasound for Trauma
  • Geriatric Trauma
  • Latest Evidence-Based Prehospital Care for TBIs

Register by April 5:

$195 in-person

$100 virtual

(physicians add $30)


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

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Full NAEMT members save 15% on Recert!

Get Your Certification Credits the Easy Way... Recert!


Complete your recertification on your time. The course library offers HUNDREDS of high-quality EMS and Fire-Rescue online courses, including the best NAEMT education — like the latest edition of EMS Safety! Most courses take just 1 to 2 hours to complete and feature interactive, media-rich, scenario-based learning.

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NAEMT Scholarship Opportunities Worth Sharing


NAEMT is proud to offer scholarship opportunities to Active members to assist them in their professional and career advancement. 


NAEMT Foundation Scholarship – Deadline April 30. Up to $1,000 will be awarded in June for scholarships to become certified as an Emergency Medical Responder or EMT. The NAEMT Foundation works to strengthen and build a better future for EMS through funding EMS education and research. Learn more


Columbia Southern University ScholarshipDeadline May 31. Exclusive NAEMT scholarship at CSU will cover up to 60 credit hours toward one online degree program. Learn more


EMS News Briefs


  • Paramedic students in Pennsylvania face a 24-hour endurance test to replicate real-world challenges. Read more
  • Los Angeles Fire Department, California, calls on city to end pilot program that sent health workers to 911 calls. Read more
  • Rural area face declining emergency medical services due to staffing shortages and financial strain. Here’s how EMS providers can help. Read more
  • 'Burning' millions of dollars, Mutual Aid ambulance in Pennsylvania looks to communities it serves to boost revenue. Read more
  • Hennepin EMS in Minnesota sets standard with ambulance patient weighing system. Read more

Recognize Our Profession’s Best… Make Your Award Nomination Through May 20

NAEMT collaborates with EMS World and other national EMS organizations each year to recognize outstanding achievements and contributions in EMS. By submitting a nomination, you honor our EMS profession's best while recognizing the training, dedication and service of EMS professionals and agencies across the country. Award recipients receive a cash award, travel stipend, registration to EMS World Expo, and national recognition by NAEMT and EMS World.

National EMS Awards of Excellence


NAEMT EMT of the Year, sponsored by Demers-Braun-Crestline-Medix


NAEMT Paramedic of the Year, sponsored by Velico


NAEMT Community Paramedic of the Year


NAEMT EMS Educator of the Year, sponsored by Jones & Bartlett Learning Public Safety Group


NAEMT EMS Medical Director of the Year, sponsored by Bound Tree/Sarnova


NAEMT Military Medic of the Year, sponsored by North American Rescue

NAEMT-AAP Pediatric EMS Award, sponsored by Handtevy Pediatric Emergency Standards, Inc.


NAEMT-ACEP Safety in EMS Award, sponsored by Technimount EMS


Dick Ferneau Career EMS Service of the Year, sponsored by Ferno


Digitech Volunteer EMS Service of the Year


Dynarex EMS Caring Award


FirstNet®, Built with AT&T Wellness and Resilience Award

National EMS Awards of

Celebrating 50 Years

National EMS Week

May 19-25

Honoring Our Past.

Forging Our Future.


EMS Week 2024 will honor the vital role of EMS professionals in helping cities, towns, and villages across our country.

2024 National EMS Week

We support EMS Week because we believe in educating the public and stakeholders about prehospital medicine and the services provided by EMS to the community. For inspiration in planning the week’s events, check out our website.


TIPS to support the EMS workforce and bystander response:


  • Recognize Health, Wellness and Resilience Day on Sunday, May 19, by inviting members of your team to take the Mental Health Resilience Officer (MHRO) course. 
  • Recognize EMS Safety Day on Tuesday, May 21, by inviting all of your EMS personnel to take the NAEMT EMS Safety course.
  • Recognize Save-A-Life Day on Thursday, May 23, by teaching the First On The Scene (FOTS) course, a 4-hour course that prepares the public to respond to medical crises that may occur in everyday circumstances or during mass casualty events such as shootings or motor vehicle collisions.
  • Request your local officials to proclaim EMS Week in your state using this template.

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.


  • City of Thornton Fire Department of Thornton, Colorado
  • Guilford Emergency Squad of Guilford, New York
  • Mason County EMS of Point Pleasant, West Virginia


Learn more about NAEMT Agency Membership.

NAEMT agency member benefits

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. 


Attend Free NAEMT Annual Meeting – Save $125 on EMS World Expo Registration


We invite you to attend the NAEMT Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, September 9-13.

NAEMT Annual Meeting

Held in conjunction with EMS World Expo, the free events, meetings and receptions provide time for NAEMT members to engage and socialize with association leaders and colleagues from around the nation and the world. During the meeting, we will celebrate our EMS profession at the General Membership Meeting and recognize the outstanding recipients of the National EMS Awards of Excellence. We look forward to welcoming you to Las Vegas! View Schedule


Kirk Gitt, EMS Chaplain


Kirk Gitt’s family ties to EMS go way back – as in, way, way back. In the 1920s, his grandfather – “pap” – lived in the firehouse in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where he and his wife fed and cared for the horses that pulled the station’s ladder truck.


Calls for help came in through the town’s fire alarm pull boxes, which were installed on street corners. Pulling a hook inside the box sent an electrical signal to the firehouse that alerted firefighters to the location of the emergency.

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Visit NAEMT at Upcoming Conferences

  • FDIC, Lucas Oil Stadium Booth #9138, April 18-20, Indianapolis, IN 
  • SOMSA, Booth #331, May 14-16, 2024, Raleigh, NC
  • CoAEMSP AccreditCon, Booth #16, May 31-June 1, 2024, Oklahoma City, OK
  • National Conference of State Legislators Legislative Summit, Booth #740, August 5-7, Louisville, KY
  • NAEMSE Annual Educational Symposium, August 11-17, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Arkansas EMT Association Conference, August 2024, Hot Springs, AR
  • 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, Austin, TX
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