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.

OperationsJoint Position Statement on EMS Performance Measures Beyond Response TimesEncourages EMS systems and community leaders to implement an approach to EMS system performance that prioritizes patient-centered care and uses a broad, balanced set of measures to evaluate the effectiveness of EMS systems.
Education/Certification/LicensingCredentialing of Military Medics by a Medical DirectorCalls on the DoD to implement a program to ensure all military prehospital clinical providers, both active duty and civilian, are credentialed through their medical director.
Education/Certification/LicensingAdvanced Education for EMS PractitionersNAEMT believes in advanced education for EMS practitioners to support the evolving role of EMS and provide additional career opportunities for EMS personnel.
OperationsEMS Agency Adoption of Cyber Readiness PlansBelieves all EMS agencies should invest in creating a cyber readiness plan to protect its operations from a cyber-attack.
Role of GovernmentAdequate Medicaid Reimbursement for EMSNAEMT believes state governmental authorities must share the responsibility for funding EMS at a level that recognizes the cost of service delivery.
OperationsRole of EMS with DHS Fusion CentersCalls to standardize the level and quality of participation by EMS in DHS fusion centers.
Role of GovernmentFederal Emergency Support Function for EMSNAEMT believes that the federal government should establish an Emergency Support Function (ESF) specifically for EMS within the National Response Framework, decoupling EMS from ESF #8, Public Health and Medical Services.
Education/Certification/LicensingAccreditation of EMS Education ProgramsNAEMT supports accreditation of paramedic programs to verify that institutions are preparing competent entry-level paramedics capable of becoming personnel for employment in the EMS workforce.
Education/Certification/LicensingCivilian EMS Certification for Military MedicsSupports program to ensure that all military medics, Corpsmen, Special Operations medical providers and military EMS/Fire service providers maintain a certification through the NREMT.
Ambulance SafetyStatement on Lights & Siren Vehicle Operations on EMS ResponsesIn an outstanding demonstration of collaboration and focus on provider, patient, and community safety, 14 national and international associations have partnered on the release of a Joint Statement on Lights and Siren Vehicle Operations on EMS Responses
WorkforceProtecting and Preserving EMS Workforce in the Face of COVID SurgeEncourages healthcare, government, and EMS stakeholders and leaders to collaboratively develop and implement multi-disciplinary strategies that protect and preserve the EMS workforce.
ClinicalClinician care and restraint of agitated or combative patientsNAEMT joint position statement with NAEMSP, NASEMSO, and the American Paramedic Association.
Role of GovernmentRecognition of EMS as an Essential Public FunctionNAEMT believes that the essential life-saving public function fulfilled by EMS necessitates support by all levels of government to ensure its viability.
Education/Certification/LicensingPrinciples of EMS Continuing EducationNAEMT believes the EMS workforce must maintain continued competence – the ongoing acquisition and application of knowledge, and the decision-making, psychomotor, and interpersonal skills expected of the licensed EMS practitioner.
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/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.