By Deputy Chief Norris Croom
In 2012, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) approached the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) with a problem. DHS has approximately 5,000 EMS personnel that work in a variety of positions across the United States and abroad. The problem that DHS had was that these EMS personnel were usually only licensed in one state, but were routinely working in many others. And, as we all know, that is usually a violation of state laws.
NASEMSO accepted the challenge, and utilizing project funding from DHS, they assembled a National Advisory Panel (NAP) in January of 2013. NASEMSO also decided to take this opportunity to not only address the DHS problem, but to address this same problem that public and private EMS providers have faced for years.