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EMS Section Resources

Administration and Planning

Strategies for Coping with IV Solution Shortages (pdf) March 2014

Federal White Paper on EMS Innovation Opportunities (pdf) July 2013

Funding Alternatives for Emergency Medical and Fire Services (pdf) 2013 edition

Fire-based EMS strategic planning document (MS Word file)
The EMS Section has developed a strategic planning document that a state or local fire-based EMS entity can use as a template to develop a collaborative and influential position in their political environment. It is designed to provide a nine step process for a fire-based EMS department to use to develop a significant voice within their specific EMS system and then their state’s EMS management structure.

Salary & Workplace Survey: Conducted annually by the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS):

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) EMS Materials

Blast Injury Fact Sheets for Professionals

Field Triage Decision Scheme

Guidelines for Field Triage of Injured Patients (PDF) - Recommendations of the National Expert Panel on Field Triage (January 2009)

Injury Response

Mass Casualty Event Preparedness and Response

Communications and Technology

IAFC comments on FCC broadband effort focused on emergency medical responders (pdf)

EMS Vehicles

NFPA 1917: Standard for Automotive Ambulances (pdf) 2013 Edition

EMS Education & Professional Development

National Fire Academy Posts 2013-2014 Course Catalog (pdf)

Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions
CoAEMSP Board Minutes: August 2013 (pdf)

IAFC-EMS Section issues joint statement of support for the Chief Medical Officer Designation (pdf)

EMS Education Standards

National standards represent the next steps in implementing the EMS Education Agenda for the Future: A Systems Approach, headed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Health Resources and Services Administration. Comments submitted by EMS Section 7/31/07 (pdf)

EMS and the Volunteer and Combination Fire Service

Orange Ribbon Report: Leading and Managing EMS in Volunteer and Combination Fire Departments (pdf, 6.4 mb)

Emerging Diseases


Meeting summary: DHS Office of Health Affairs round-table discussion (pdf) of local and state capabilities for responding to an aerosolized anthrax event, held December 2008


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its PPE guidance for healthcare workers caring for suspected and confirmed Ebola patients. The August 27th releases update the original October 2014 recommendations and contain clarifications on fluid resistant gowns and coveralls as well as updated rationale for respiratory protection, clarification of procedures and roles for donning and doffing PPE and changes in the order of PPE removal. The updated guidance for stable persons under investigation for Ebola can be accessed at and guidance for confirmed Ebola patients at Recommendations for transport of Ebola patients by EMS are under development and should be released soon.


Acute Respiratory Infections in Travelers Returning from MERS-CoV Affected Areas - September 2015

Courtesy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Pandemic Flu

Guidance on Allocating and Targeting Pandemic Influenza Vaccine (pdf)

Courtesy of the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Homeland Security

Seasonal Flu

Flu Vaccine Options for 2013/2014: Boost Your Department Participation (pdf)


Federal Issues

IAFC Comments on Cost of Ambulance Service (pdf)
Sept. 6, 2013: The IAFC submitted comments to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on ways to improve CMS measurements of the cost of providing ambulance service.

IAFC Comments on Drug Shortage Mitigation (pdf)
Mar. 14, 2013: The IAFC submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on suggestions for the newly created FDA Drug Shortage Task Force.

IAFC Letter to GAO on Drug Shortages (pdf)
Feb. 5, 2013: The IAFC submitted a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to explain the impact of drug shortages on fire-based EMS systems.

HHS Clarifies Patient Outcome Information Sharing

HHS has responded to requests to clarify HIPAA implications for sharing patient outcome information for EMS quality improvement purposes. This letter from the Department of Health and Human Services (pdf) outlines when patient information can be shared between EMS agencies and healthcare providers in order to improve overall quality of care.

CMS document explaining Medicare ambulance services (pdf) May 2011

IAFC Comments on Lead Federal Agency for EMS (pdf)
Apr. 14, 2011... As part of their review of the current and future role of the federal government in EMS, the Federal Interagency Committee on EMS (FICEMS) requested input from stakeholders. The IAFC submitted comments crafted by the EMS Section, stating that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would be the appropriate home for a lead federal agency for EMS, a discussion that an argument can be made that DHS already has this authority with citations to federal statute and a list of what a lead agency should do.

Fire Service-Based EMS Issues

Watch the Fire-Service Based EMS "The Right Response" video:

An Assessment of the Institute of Medicine Recommendations: Emergency Medical Services at the Crossroads (pdf)
This document, prepared by the IAFC's EMS Section, has been adopted as official IAFC policy.

NFPA 1584

Training Program: Rehabilitation and Medical Monitoring: An Introduction to NFPA 1584 (2008 Standards)

This manual, sent to IAFC members and IAFC EMS Section members in August 2009, serves as the core for a 3-hour program focused on developing and operating a firefighter rehabilitation program as mandated by the NFPA 1584 2008 Standards. Read the press release (pdf).

Go to the supplemental resources that augment the program:

  • NFPA 1584 Objectives and Curriculum
  • Heat Stress Handouts
  • Firefighter Health and NFPA 1584 (Part 1)
  • Establishing a Rehab Policy (Part 2)
  • Medical Monitoring (Part 3)

This member benefit is available through a generous grant from the Masimo Corporation. The IAFC thanks the EMS Section, Masimo and Dr. Bryan Bledsoe as lead author, for their collaborative work on this comprehensive and educational program that helps departments bridge the current gap between the NFPA 1584 2008 Standards and their real-world implementation.