National Registry of EMTs

Safety in EMS

In 2013, the National EMS Culture of Safety Strategy was published. The development of this document was funded by a NHTSA project grant to bring together the EMS stakeholder community to identify what constitutes a safe environment for EMS patients and practitioners; the challenges to achieving a safe EMS environment; and a strategy to overcome these challenges. The Strategy envisioned the establishment of a national level entity to coordinate national EMS safety efforts and serve as a repository for information, data and resources. 

In 2015, several national EMS and safety organizations came together to establish a mechanism through which the recommendations contained in the National EMS Culture of Safety Strategy could be implemented.  These organizations established the National EMS Safety Council.  Listed below are the member organizations of the National EMS Safety Council along with their member representatives:

American Ambulance Association – Ron Thackery
American College of Emergency Physicians – Dr. Craig Manifold
Association of Air Medical Services – Rick Sherlock
Center for Patient Safety – Lee Varner
International Association of Fire Chiefs – Mike McEvoy
National Association of EMS Educators – John Todaro
National Association of EMS Physicians – Dr. Jeff Beeson
National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians – Jason White
National Association of State EMS Officials – Paul Patrick
National EMS Management Association - Allison Bloom
National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians – Severo Rodriguez
National Safety Council – Robb Rehberg

Rick Murray from ACEP and Pam Lane and Lisa Lindsay from NAEMT provide staff support to the Council.  Dave Bryson of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of EMS serves as an advisor to the Council. 

The purpose of the Council is to ensure that patients receive emergency and mobile healthcare with the highest standards of safety, and promote a safe and healthy work environment for all emergency and mobile healthcare practitioners.

The National EMS Safety Council: 

  • Develops practical ways to implement the recommendations included in National EMS Culture of Safety Strategy.
  • Reviews the latest information, research, and best practices on EMS patient and practitioner safety.
  • Develops and publishes consensus statements on the issues of EMS patient and practitioner safety as guidance to EMS agencies and practitioners;
  • Raises awareness of the importance of EMS patient and practitioner safety within the EMS industry.
  • Identifies additional steps that the EMS industry can take to improve EMS patient and practitioner safety.

NAEMT and ACEP provide administrative support to the Council.  The minutes of the Council meetings can be viewed here.

Contact the Council with questions or comments at