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

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 An emergency medical technician and a political scientist, Allison focuses on Emergency Management and Emergency Medical Services policy. Allison has taught at the undergraduate level since 2010. Prior to teaching, Allison 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, History, a Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She is trained in water safety instruction and large animal emergency rescue. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society and also serves as the Advocacy Coordinator of Virginia for the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians.

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