What has President Trump done for EMS?
The "public safety president" can use the bully pulpit to do much, much more for EMS and other public safety personnel
President Donald J. Trump has been officially on the job for a year since his Jan. 20, 2017 inauguration. In that time, Trump has shown a clear affinity for public safety personnel, especially police officers. He has spoken to police officers about the MS-13 gang, posed for photos in a Pierce fire engine, invited members of the U.S. Coast Guard to a round of golf and visited paramedics at a Florida fire station.
Trump's tough talk, like his description of how police officers are too kind to arrestees, often resonates with the audience, but distracts from the underlying messages of increased investigation and prosecution. Maybe we take what he says too seriously, but after all, even if joking, he is the president.
The day after the 2016 election, I tried to balance prediction, speculation and hopefulness in the article "What a President Trump means for EMS.”
At the one-year mark of the Trump administration, it's worth looking at what he's accomplished and what remains to be done. Are the public appearances, photo ops and quips backed up by action that will have a lasting and positive impact on EMS?