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  1. The National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Directors (NASEMSD) supports the enactment of legislation at the state level related to standards for emergency medical dispatch (EMD), including the training and certification of EMD personnel, with appropriate medical oversight and in coordination with the emergency medical services (EMS) system.

WHEREAS, a key component of an EMS system is that of EMD; and

WHEREAS, other components of the EMS system have had standards enacted under legislative authority, including those for training and certification of prehospital basic, intermediate, and advance life-support personnel who function on EMS response units; and

WHEREAS, there have been significant developments in the field of EMD, including specialized training programs to train dispatchers to interrogate callers, prioritize calls, and provide pre-arrival initial treatment instructions to caller in emergency situations; and

WHEREAS, there is an expectation by the public that when they call for emergency medical help, a properly trained dispatcher will handle their call regardless of where they are located in the nation; and

WHEREAS, EMD programs meeting appropriate standards have been shown to result in more effective dispatch and the saving of lives; and

WHEREAS, organizations such as the National Association of Emergency Medical Services Physicians (NAEMSP), the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have endorsed the development and adoption of standards for emergency medical dispatch; and

WHEREAS, national consensus standards (American Society of Testing Materials) have been developed for EMD; and

WHEREAS, most states do not yet have legislative authority to enact standards for EMD; and

WHEREAS, there is a need to take affirmative action in order to ensure that citizens throughout the nation have the benefit of EMD programs meeting accepted standards;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NASEMSD supports the enactment of legislation at the state level related to standards for EMD including the training and certification of EMD personnel, with appropriate medical oversight and in coordination with the EMS system.

Adopted 26 October 1994

  1. The National Association of State EMS Directors endorses the 1994 EMT-Basic National Standard Curriculum as the core document to guide EMT-Basic training.

WHEREAS, the NASEMSD recognizes the revised EMT-Basic Curriculum as accepted and distributed by United States Department of Transportation (DOT) as the basis of EMT-Basic certification/licensure in the United States; and

WHEREAS, a goal of the NASEMSD is to promote high quality care for acutely ill and injured patients; and

WHEREAS, the NASEMSD supports the national standardization of training curricula to achieve this goal; and

WHEREAS, in May 1994 the DOT's NHTSA approved the 1994 EMT-Basic National Standard Curriculum;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the NASEMSD endorse the 1994 EMT-Basic National Standard Curriculum as the core document to guide EMT-Basic training.

Adopted 26 October 1994

  1. The National Association of State EMS Directors supports the research proposal by The Ohio State University titled "Competency of Emergency Medical Technicians Following Initial Training and Licensure-A National Survey."

WHEREAS, at the present time, there is limited information available on the ongoing level skill, knowledge, and consistency of performance of emergency medical technicians; and

WHEREAS, there is a need for systematic data on what and how emergency medical technician-basics perform in the field following initial training and licensure, or certification, or registration; and

WHEREAS, the NASEMSD encourages research in the area of knowledge and skill retention of out-of-hospital medical care personnel; and

WHEREAS, the NASEMSD is encouraged by the initial support of members of the United States Congress to line-item fund this research; and

WHEREAS, the NASEMSD has received an executive summary of the research proposal and agrees to assist in conducting this research within our respective states;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the NASEMSD supports the research proposal by The Ohio State University titled," Competency of Emergency Medical Technicians Following Initial Training and Licensure-A National Survey."

Adopted 26 October 1994