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Updates and Action Items

2014 Wildland EMS Award Nominations Open

The National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) is now accepting nominations for their annual Wildfire Emergency Medical Service Awards. The award catefories include: Outstanding Wildfire EMS Individual of the Year, Outstanding Wildfire EMS Squad/Crew/Team of the Year, Outstanding Wildfire WMS Distinguised Service Award, Award of Excellence in Wildfire EMS/Rescue, and the Lifetime Achievement in Wildfire EMS Award. All nominations are due to the NWCG by November 1, 2014.

CDC Releases Ebola Advisory Notice

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released interim guidance for EMS agencies on the management of patients with known or suspected ebola.

Emerging Infections Committee Report

The EMS Section's Emerging Infections Committee recently released an update for EMS Section members to learn more about the latest on emerging infections (pdf).

Heart Safe Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to the Highland Village (TX) Fire Department (pdf) and the Stafford County Fire & Rescue Department (pdf) for receiving the 2014 Heart Safe Community Awards.

Strategies for IV Solution in Shortage

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists has released new guidance (pdf) for fire and EMS agencies on actions they can take to alleviate the current shortage of large volume intravenous solutions.

Updated Fire-Based EMS Toolkit Released

The IAFC and other national fire service organizations have released a new toolkit to assist you in explaining and defending the importance of fire-based EMS systems. This toolkit contains important information and resources which you can use to demonstrate the value of a fire-based EMS system to the public as well as members of your local government. 

IAFC Submits Comments on CMS Ambulance Payments

On January 24, the IAFC sent comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to suggest ways to improve CMS' calculations of the cost for providing ambulance service.

Fully Involved Podcast

Subscribe: Fully Involved is a monthly podcast sponsored by the IAFC EMS Section. Each month, hot topics, news and current events affecting fire and EMS will be discussed by some of the leading professionals in the field.

Details: Resources > Podcasts

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  • Is a forum that addresses fire service based-EMS issues.
  • Provides guidance and direction to the IAFC board and membership on fire service EMS issues.
  • Represents fire service-based EMS issues to the federal government and other interest groups.

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