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Bruce Evans on TIP legislation, EMS on the Hill

The NAEMT president joins the podcast to discuss his first 100 days, treatment in place and the upcoming virtual EMS on the Hill Day


In this edition of EMS One-Stop with Rob Lawrence, our host, Rob Lawrence, chats with NAEMT President, Chief Bruce Evans. Bruce is the fire chief for the Upper Pine River Fire Protection District, located in Bayfield, Colorado. Prior to that role, he retired as the EMS chief for the North Las Vegas Fire Department after serving 27 years in the southern Nevada’s fire and EMS system.

Rob and Bruce discuss the current progress on treatment-in-place legislation, Bruce’s first 100 days in office as NAEMT president and the forthcoming virtual EMS on the Hill Day, which will take place April 13-15, 2021.

Read the article, “Treatment in Lieu of Transport,” and then listen below.

Bruce Evan’s call to action

This year’s EMS on the Hill Day will be a virtual event, with a goal set to hold a virtual meeting with every member of Congress (435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives) and the 100 members of the U.S. Senate. As Congressional meetings are most effective when they include someone from the Representative’s district or Senator’s state, NAEMT are looking to sign on EMS professionals from every state and district to participate.

Bruce notes that even though the registrations are running higher than in previous years, they are still looking for EMS attendance from Alaska; Washington, D.C.; Kentucky; Maine; Wyoming; Vermont; Rhode Island; New Mexico and Montana.

Rob Lawrence has been a leader in civilian and military EMS for over a quarter of a century. He is currently the director of strategic implementation for PRO EMS and its educational arm, Prodigy EMS, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and part-time executive director of the California Ambulance Association.

He previously served as the chief operating officer of the Richmond Ambulance Authority (Virginia), which won both state and national EMS Agency of the Year awards during his 10-year tenure. Additionally, he served as COO for Paramedics Plus in Alameda County, California.

Prior to emigrating to the U.S. in 2008, Rob served as the COO for the East of England Ambulance Service in Suffolk County, England, and as the executive director of operations and service development for the East Anglian Ambulance NHS Trust. Rob is a former Army officer and graduate of the UK’s Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and served worldwide in a 20-year military career encompassing many prehospital and evacuation leadership roles.

Rob is a board member of the Academy of International Mobile Healthcare Integration (AIMHI) as well as chair of the American Ambulance Association’s State Association Forum. He writes and podcasts for EMS1 and is a member of the EMS1 Editorial Advisory Board. Connect with him on Twitter.