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Video: Live stream National EMS Advisory Council meeting

Listen and watch the council’s first meeting of 2020 as they discuss issues pertinent to emergency services personnel and the industry

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By Rachel Engel

Watch and listen to the National EMS Advisory Council’s (NEMSAC) first meeting of the new year as they discuss a variety of topics pressing for industry personnel and the profession. The meeting will continue through Jan. 16.

Established in 2007, the council is made up of EMS representatives with the goal of providing advice and recommendations to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regarding EMS issues. The council acts as a forum, providing information from a knowledgable and independent perspective, and does not act as an authority or decision-maker.

The NEMSAC meets throughout the year to deliberate on specific issues affecting EMS systems across the nation with the goal of providing advisories and recommendations to the Federal Interagency Committee on EMS.

The next meeting is scheduled for April 14-16.

Rachel Engel is an award-winning journalist and the senior editor of and In addition to her regular editing duties, Engel seeks to tell the heroic, human stories of first responders and the importance of their work. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, and began her career as a freelance writer, focusing on government and military issues. Engel joined Lexipol in 2015 and has since reported on issues related to public safety. Engel lives in Wichita, Kansas. She can be reached via email.