Emergency service representatives from Tennessee and 36 states were there to meet with senators and representatives to discuss and promote legislation that will affect the EMS industry in a positive way.
Stan Clark, paramedic and public information officer for BCEMS, was there and met with U.S. Sens. Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander.
This was what is called “Tennessee Tuesday,” according to Clark.
“Different groups from Tennessee attended the session. Sens. Corker and Alexander addressed the crowd and then took the time to take photos with everyone,” Clark said.
The entire week was organized by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians.
There were three issues for which the organizers were having EMS representatives lobby.
“One was trying to develop a program for military medics to help them transition to a civilian paramedic, so as not to have to attend the entire paramedic course. Another issue was to have the Congress approve a bill that will help in aiding EMS agencies financially through grants and other means,” Clark explained.
“A request was put forth to ask the Tennessee representatives and senators to join the EMS caucus so they could be involved and up to date, and most importantly support bills that support EMTs and paramedic,” he added.
“Despite the weather, our senators, representatives and staffers still came to their offices and met with us. They were very receptive and appreciative of us being there. This was a very successful trip and we got a lot accomplished,” Clark said.
The Southeastern Emergency Services Director’s Association sponsored Clark and Whitney Miller, manager of Air Evac in McMinn County, to attend “EMS on the Hill” to represent Region 3 of Tennessee.
Others in attendance were from across the state from the Tennessee Ambulance Service Association.