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More Lawmakers Join the EMS Caucus during 'EMS on the Hill'

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By Allison G. S. Knox
Contributor, EDM Digest

The EMS Caucus is a very small committee within the House of Representatives dedicated to discussing issues associated with emergency medical services. Traditionally, it has been difficult for emergency medical services to gain a political foothold. Emergency medical service issues are a subset of numerous policy issues, including healthcare, homeland security and emergency management.

As a committee, the EMS Caucus works to address the specific issues of emergency medical services. Also, the EMS Caucus helps to further conversations about emergency medical services between federal congressional representatives.

However, the caucus must be reassembled after each congressional election. The elections make it more difficult to keep members of Congress on the committee.

Role of NAEMT in EMS Caucus

The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) is part of the policy initiative. Emergency medical technicians and paramedics associated with NAEMT have asked their members of Congress throughout the year to join the EMS Caucus and talk about policy issues affecting emergency medical services.

Congressional Lawmakers Sign Up for the Caucus

Last week, NAEMT sponsored "EMS on the Hill," an event which gave EMTs and paramedics the opportunity to meet directly with members of Congress and their staff to discuss three legislative initiatives and the EMS Caucus. As of Tuesday, April 17, the following Democratic and Republican lawmakers signed on to the EMS Caucus:

  • Congressman Jackey Rosen (D-NV)
  • Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL)
  • Congressman Bill Posey (R-FL)
  • Congressman Dave Brat (R-VA)
  • Congressman John Faso (R-NY)
  • Congressman Bill Johnson (R-OH)
  • Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY)

The work of the EMS on the Hill advocates was a tremendous first step. These additional caucus members are a useful step in the right direction for promoting more important policy initiatives that will shape emergency medical services in the United States.

Allison G. S. Knox Passionate about the issues affecting ambulances and disaster management, Allison focuses on Emergency Management and Emergency Medical Services policy. Allison has taught at the undergraduate level since 2010. Prior to teaching, she worked in a level-one trauma center emergency department and for a member of Congress in Washington, D.C. She holds four master’s degrees in Emergency Management, National Security Studies, International Relations, and History; a Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security; and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Allison is an Emergency Medical Technician, Lifeguard, and Lifeguard Instructor, and is trained in Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society as Chancellor of the Southeast Region, Vice Chair of the Tactical Emergency Medical Support Committee with the International Public Safety Association, and serves as the Advocacy Coordinator of Virginia with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. She is also a member of several committees including the Editorial Committee with APCO, the Rescue Task Force Committee with the International Public Safety Association, and the Advocacy Committee with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. She also serves as Chair of the Leadership Development Program for the 2020 Pi Gamma Mu Triennial Convention. Allison has published several book reviews and continues to write about issues affecting ambulances, emergency management, and homeland security.