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Winning Issue » EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS


Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) are trained to quickly respond to emergency situations involving health issues, trauma injuries and accidents. These first responders, either professionals or volunteers, assist fire departments, ambulance services and rescue teams by stabilizing patients before transporting them to hospitals. EMTs are trained in basic life support techniques which include cardiopulmonary resuscitation, defibrillation, controlling bleeding, preventing shock, body immobilization to prevent spinal damage, and splinting bone fractures. Many rural communities without full-time EMT professionals rely on volunteer EMTs. These volunteers face unique challenges including low population densities and call volumes, ambiguous geographic boundaries, longer response and transport times, a lack of acute care facilities, and the need to communicate over remote areas.

Currently, there is a nationwide shortage of professional EMTs in some states such as Indiana and Wisconsin - and also in many American rural areas in nearly every state. This is due to low wages paid by health insurance companies which start new EMTs at $11 per hour, forcing many to work other jobs and serve as EMTs on evenings or weekends. Advocates claim these conditions are forcing many technicians into other occupations, causing the pool of future paramedics to shrink as well. This is because EMTs who once worked their way up to a being paramedics are no longer staying on the job.

Proposed Legislation: H.R.8538 - To allow certain governmental pension plans to include firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics, and for other purposes (116th Congress)
Prospective Sponsor: Rep. Patrick McHenry (NC)



Options


  • I oppose reforming current Emergency Medical Technicians policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA).
  • I support expanding the coverage of tax-exempt governmental pension plans to include emergency response providers, such as firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics, and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Patrick McHenry (NC) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.


Winning Option
  • I support expanding the coverage of tax-exempt governmental pension plans to include emergency response providers, such as firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics, and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Patrick McHenry (NC) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.
There has been $0.00 pledged in support of this issue
Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Patrick McHenry (NC) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider reintroducing H.R.8538 - To allow certain governmental pension plans to include firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics, and for other purposes (116th Congress).

If elected as a trustee, National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to advocate for recruiting and retaining EMTs.

Formed in 1975 and more than 72,000 members strong, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) is the nation’s only organization that represents and serves the professional interests of all EMS practitioners, including paramedics, emergency medical technicians, emergency medical responders, and other professionals. NAEMT serves its members by advocating on issues that impact their ability to provide quality patient care, providing high quality education that improves the knowledge and skills of practitioners, and supporting EMS research and innovation.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
December 6, 2021
Trustee Election - Closing Date
December 13, 2021