NVFC EMS/Rescue Section Meets, Adopts Strategic Plan

April 2012 EMS/Rescue Section Meeting.

On April 27, the National Volunteer Fire Council’s (NVFC’s) EMS/Rescue Section met in Alexandria, VA, to review and discuss ongoing projects and activities that Section members are engaged in and to adopt a strategic plan for the Section. Among the Section members that attended the meeting in person were Section Officers Ken Knipper, Chair; John Lyman, Vice Chair; T.J. Nedrow, Secretary/Treasurer; Lee Sachs, NVFC Board Liaison; Richard Huff, Director-at-Large; and Juan Bonilla, Director-at-Large.

The strategic plan was initially developed by a subcommittee of volunteers from among the Section’s membership. A draft of the plan was circulated to the Section’s Executive Committee and then to the Section’s entire membership for review and comment. The strategic plan is intended to be a living document that will be updated as needed. It focuses on Goals, Activities, and Issues that the Section will pursue.

Section officers and members gave updates on various ongoing projects that they are involved in on behalf of the NVFC. The Section Report and Calendar, published each month in the EMS Update newsletter, is intended to keep Section members up-to-date with these activities. Knipper urged members to provide input to the Section on activities that they have an interest in.

“The NVFC is constantly being asked to provide input on behalf of volunteer EMS/Rescue for projects that federal agencies and other national EMS organizations are engaged in,” said Knipper. “If Section members want to be involved, if they want to make their voice heard, there are opportunities for that here through the NVFC. Just let us know if you have a particular interest or if there is an issue you’d like to get involved with and we’ll do our best to plug you in.”

An update was also provided on various EMS-specific legislative issues that the NVFC is following, including the PSOB Improvements Act, Medicare Ambulance Access Preservation Act, Rural and Community Access to Emergency Devices program, EMS drug shortages, NEMSIS funding, and Field EMS legislation. The Section voted to create a page on the EMS/R Section web site where information on EMS-specific legislation supported by NVFC will be posted.

The next Section meeting will take place in September in conjunction with the NVFC’s fall board meeting, which will be held in Fairbanks, Alaska, September 5-8.