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Ladies and Gentlemen:

In December 2010 the IAEMSC and EMS Labor Alliance jointly submitted a white paper to the White House National Security Staff recommending the designation of a lead federal agency for EMS. Since that time, there has been considerable discussion with the Administration, the components of FICEMS, and several EMS organizations.

It is our understanding that the designation of a lead federal agency for EMS remains a priority. However, it is also time for the IAEMSC membership to begin to individually lend their support to the position we have taken as an association. Your immediate action is needed.

As your President, I am asking all members of the IAEMSC to take a moment to make one of the following calls in the next 72 hours:

· Call the White House Comments Line (202-456-1111) or the White House Switchboard (202-456-1414) and provide your opinion regarding this vital issue. A sample script is attached for your consideration. Remember: the call must be brief and to the point.

As a profession, we have worked for over 25 years to improve the standing of EMS and gain federal support for our mission. A brief moment of your time is a small investment in moving us forward to achieving this goal. It is important that this issue be highlighted beginning today.

This will be the first portion of a two-part strategy. The initial round of phone calls will highlight the issue and begin to focus attention on the subject. We will then follow the phone calls with letters and correspondence sent by FAX and e-mail. Additional information and recommended action for the second portion of our “call to action” will be sent via a separate e-mail.

Now is the time to act and demonstrate the importance of the action requested in our white paper to the EMS profession.

Yours in service,

Larry Tan


Lawrence E. Tan


International Association of EMS Chiefs

P.O. Box 27911

Washington, D.C. 20038-7911

Suggested statement:

“I am calling to ask President Obama to support the designation of a lead federal agency for Emergency Medical Service within FEMA in the Department of Homeland Security. As a first responder and EMS Professional I believe that assigning this responsibility to the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA is most appropriate. This action will be critical to addressing the present void and protecting the citizens of the United States. Thank you!”

Phone Numbers

Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414
FAX: 202-456-2461


About Dan White

I'm a retired Paramedic and EMS Instructor with 35 years EMS and emergency medical product experience. I love canoes, cars and EMS. I have written a lot about EMS Technology on the Paramedic Blog, the Insights on Innovation column for, on and I can be reached directly at 573-240-0002.
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