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In Public Safety
by American Military University

EMS and the burden of explanation to lawmakers

911 calls are so diverse that lawmakers struggle with how to categorize EMS issues when it comes to policy initiatives; it's up to us to educate them

Expert analysis: Over the past 40 years we have fought among ourselves to create our identity, our raison d'être. But EMS is a complex dilemma, with more turmoil than ever before. The problem is, EMS in its current iteration, is a multifaceted industry with multiple purposes. Health care, public health and public safety are all functions that are touched upon by a local EMS service, to varying degrees, and to varying levels of success. Time to take EMS issues to Congress

By Allison G. S. Knox, American Military University
InPublicSafety.com

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is an intriguing policy area because it encompasses numerous issue areas at the local, state and federal levels of government. Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics are cross-trained between emergency medicine and public safety, which allows them to be creative and resourceful when handling 9-1-1 emergencies.

While it makes sense to an EMT or paramedic that they handle these diverse 9-1-1 situations, to lawmakers it can be enormously challenging to figure out how to categorize EMS among their many policy issues. Thus, it is often difficult for lawmakers to figure out specifically how to handle EMS-related issues.

Insight into the Legislative Process

Members of Congress (Representatives and Senators at the federal level of government) usually have legislative assistants who handle a portfolio of issue areas. Within these issue areas, legislative assistants follow the wants and needs of the elected official’s constituents as well as various pieces of legislation heading to the Senate and House floors, respectively.

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In Public Safety is an American Military University (AMU) sponsored blog that features analysis and commentary on issues relating to law enforcement, emergency management, fire services and national intelligence. This blog features in-depth discussions authored by leading experts with decades of experience in their field. To stay updated on blog posts and other news relevant to these sectors, please follow us on Facebook by "liking" AMU & APUS Public Safety Programs. You can also follow us on our sector-specific Twitter accounts: @AMUPoliceEd, @AMUFireEd, @AMUDisasterEd, @AMUIntelStudies
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