|The Seven Pillars of National EMS Officer Competencies|
NEMSA determined that the best way to organize the National EMS Officer Competencies was to separate them into seven distinct pillars. Each pillar has several sub-sections that outline different attributes, tasks and skills necessary to be a successful EMS officer.
In addition, examples of low confidence, confidence and overconfidence for each category have been defined in order to help guide current leaders in their professional growth and advancement. It is as important to understand that low confidence can create leadership challenges as it is to understand that overconfidence may have negative effects on a leader’s ability to lead. The seven pillars each identify distant areas that EMS Officers should excel within in order to be a successful leader.
The Seven Pillars of EMS Officer Competencies are:
In the development of this document it was determined that the competencies needed to identify two key components. First was what leadership skills are needed be effective leader in today EMS profession and second was to identify operational skillsets that an EMS Officer requires at each level of leadership. Going forward, we break these two areas out into “EMS Officer Core Leadership Knowledge” which identifies those attributes of a successful leader and “EMS Officer Operational Tasks & Skills” which identifies skillsets unique to our profession that an EMS officer would require in order to effectively perform in their role.
Below we have listed out each of the seven pillars and the associated sub sections for each one. We have then further identified in blue or green if the competencies are associated with the attributes of “Core Leadership Knowledge” or if the competencies are related to “Operational Tasks & Skills”. Each competency is equally as important in the development of a well-rounded EMS Officer in order for them to succeed in their role within the EMS profession.
Below is an outline of the pillars and their association as “EMS Officer Core Leadership Knowledge” or “EMS Officer Operational Tasks & Skills”:
EMS Officer Leading Others
EMS Officer Task Management
EMS Officer Social Responsibility
EMS Officer Clinical Performance