National EMS Advisory Council Meets in Washington, DC

On January 29-30, the National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC), made up of 26 individuals representing various disciplines within the emergency medical services field who are appointed by the Secretary of Transportation, met in Washington, DC. NEMSAC provides advice and recommendations regarding EMS to the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and through NHTSA to the Federal Interagency Committee on EMS (FICEMS).

At the meeting, NHTSA’s Office of EMS gave an update on its ongoing projects. Representatives from other FICEMS partners, including the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Homeland Security, also made presentations. The full meeting agenda is posted below:

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • Opening Remarks
  • Update on Programs from the NHTSA Office of EMS and FICEMS Agencies
  • Discussion of the EMS Culture of Safety Strategy Draft Document
  • Presentation, Discussion, and Possible Adoption of Reports and Recommendations from NEMSAC Workgroups
  • Advisory on Leadership Developmental Planning in EMS
  • Advisory on NEMSIS: Achieving its Full Potential for Advancing Healthcare
  • Advisory on Fatigue in EMS
  • Compiling Evidence to Discuss the EMS Education Agenda for the Future
  • Improving Internal NEMSAC Processes
  • Public Comment Period
  • Discussion of NEMSAC Priorities, Strategies, and Values
  • Business of the Council

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Unfinished Business/Continued Discussion from Previous Day
  • Public Comment Period
  • Next Steps and Adjourn

The meeting materials that were provided to the public can be downloaded here. Additional information can be found at