In his most recent “Chief’s Corner,” Deputy Fire Administor Glenn Gaines shared some of the’s efforts to help ensure vibrant and effective EMS systems throughout the nation.
First, in response to the U.S. Fire Administration Reauthorization Act of 2008, which authorized the NFA to provide advanced EMS training, two new courses were developed: EMS Quality Management and EMS Functions in the Incident Command System. There are six additional EMS courses under development or revision. A pilot for one of these courses, EMS Incident Operations, will be offered this June.
USFA also is a key partner on the Federal Interagency Committee on EMS (FICEMS). This committee seeks to ensure coordination among Federal agencies involved with State, Local, and Tribal EMS.
n partnership with the handbook for EMS medical directors, EMS safety and infection control program guidance updates, documenting model polices and protocols for EMS mass care incident deployment, and a compilation of funding alternatives for EMS departments. Read more.’s Office of Health Affairs, USFA is working on several projects to enhance EMS responder safety and department operational effectiveness, including a