Happy Independence Day

As we celebrate our freedoms this weekend, AAA would like to take a moment to thank the extraordinary Americans who serve their communities with round-the-clock on-demand mobile healthcare. Happy Independence Day to EMS! Share on Social Media As we celebrate our freedoms this weekend, AAA would like to take a moment to thank the extraordinary Americans who serve their communities with round-the-clock on-demand #mobilehealthcare. Happy #IndependenceDay to #EMS! #4thofJuly #AlwaysOpen #NotJustaRide #SupportEMS #Ready pic.twitter.com/rG6FQigWa1 — AmericanAmbulanceAsc (@amerambassoc) July 3, 2020

AAA Seeks Perspectives on EMS Diversity & Inclusion

As the demographics of our nation change, it becomes ever more essential  for  emergency medical services to foster a  diverse and inclusive workplace more representative of the communities that we serve. To support this mission, the American Ambulance Association seeks tips, ideas, and perspectives from our membership on best practices for attracting, recruiting, and retaining the EMS workforce of tomorrow. For this project, we are using the word “diversity” to refer to characteristics including—but not limited to—race, sex, gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic class, disability, and/or age. While we are truly appreciative of all responses, AAA especially welcomes the perspectives of those who are themselves members of groups historically less represented in the EMS  workforce. If you would like to contribute your thoughts to this project, please complete our short form below.  You do not need to disclose your identity if you do not wish to do so.  

2020 AAA Virtual Conference Speaker Application

Although the 2020 AAA Annual Conference & Trade Show has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Ambulance Association remains committed to the continued education and engagement of ambulance service leaders.  As such, we plan a series of webinars throughout the year, as well as a Virtual Conference in November. If you would like to  submit a speaker proposal for the 2020 Virtual Conference, please complete the form below by July 31, 2020. Please note that all participating speakers may be asked to pre-record their sessions using a tripod or other higher-quality A/V setup, and that sessions may be edited for length or quality. Thank you for your interest in sharing your knowledge with your EMS colleagues. All Virtual Annual sessions will take place on the highly interactive Prodigy EMS platform developed by Pro EMS of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

EMS Week Message from President Reinert

On May 18, 2020, American Ambulance Association President Aarron Reinert shared a special message with EMS providers from across the nation. Today, American Ambulance Association President Aarron Reinert shared a special message with #EMS providers from across… Posted by American Ambulance Association on Monday, May 18, 2020 Happy EMS Week, and thank you for providing your communities with 24/7 on-demand mobile healthcare! Like & Share on Facebook | Retweet

Mercury Public Affairs Update

AAA has teamed up with Mercury Public Affairs to run a robust public affairs campaign to complement our already established lobbying efforts. We are making sure our concerns as frontline EMS responders are heard, by targeting 27 key Senators and Representatives to Congress around the nation.  We are asking them to be the champions we need in Congress and to make sure all of our emergency first responders have the resources they need. The campaign has been a great success. Major media outlets have picked up our stories, our digital campaign is having higher than industry average conversion rates, and our patch through calls, which have had extremely high percentages of people willing to speak Congressional offices, have been able to provide a steady drumbeat for our issues where it matters. These  metrics, coupled with the positive feedback we have received from Congressional offices show that notonly do we have the right message, but also that our emergency first responders are being recognized for the work they do during this national health crisis. It is also helping to build legislative momentum. We will update you on the campaign as we move forward, but wanted to take some time to share...

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Seeking EMS Grantwriters!

The American  Ambulance Association seeks member organization employees and consultants with grant-writing expertise who may be interested in writing or presenting to ambulance services. Ideally, we would like to develop a one-hour webinar for members that includes tips for finding and winning grants of all kinds ( Assistance to Firefighter Grants, SAMHSA/ SIREN Act, local, non-profit, etc). If you may be interested, please contact ariordan@ambulance.org! Thank you for your support and participation.

#MinutesMatter Campaign | Don’t Hesitate to Call 911

Reports across the country indicate that some members of the public hesitate to call 911 for medical assistance out of fear of COVID-19. Share our #MinutesMatter Facebook post or retweet our Tweet to help spread the word that time is of the essence when it comes to heart attack, stroke, or respiratory distress. We have heard reports that some people are hesitant to call 911 out of fear of #COVID19 exposure. #MinutesMatter, especially if you are experiencing a #heartattack or #stroke. Call us! #EMS is here to help, and we follow protocols to do so SAFELY. #AlwaysOpen #PPE #NotJustaRide pic.twitter.com/ItBFin5sqI — AmericanAmbulanceAsc (@amerambassoc) April 22, 2020 The American Ambulance Association has heard reports that some members of the community are hesitant to call 911 out of… Posted by American Ambulance Association on Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Empire State Building #HeroesShineBright

New York, NY (April 23, 2020) – The Empire State Building (ESB) today announced the launch of #HeroesShineBright, a weeklong campaign to give thanks to every person putting their lives on the line to save others during the COVID-19 pandemic both in the United States and around the world. Every night from April 24, through May 2, ESB will dedicate its tower lights to a different First Responder organization, shining in their representative colors to acknowledge their bravery and service. On May 2, the final night of #HeroesShineBright, ESB will partner with the World Federation of Great Towers in a coordinated lighting that will see the Burj Khalifa (UAE), CN Tower (Canada), Macau Tower (China), Busan Tower (South Korea), Willis Tower (US), Euromast (Netherlands), 360 Chicago (US), Calgary Tower (Canada), One Liberty Observation Deck (US), Ostankino TV Tower (Russia), Tallinn TV Tower (Estonia), UFO Tower (Slovakia), and others shine their lights in a red heartbeat from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. p.m. in their local time zone to bring global awareness to those helping fight the pandemic. The Eiffel Tower will also dedicate its signature sparkle to the campaign that evening. The schedule of lightings is as follows: April 24 Yellow/White/Blue (more…)

EMS Week Featured Service Application

EMS Week will take place from May 17–23, 2020.  To celebrate the extraordinary contributions of ambulance services to the communities they serve, we will be featuring specific services throughout EMS week on AAA’s website and social media. If you would like to apply to have your service featured, please complete and submit all fields below by May 7. Thank you for your service to your community!      

COVID-19 Message from President Aarron Reinert

Dear Fellow AAA Members, I write to you today during what we all recognize as an extraordinary time for EMS. As we collectively serve on the very front lines of the COVID-19 epidemic, we know that the most challenging times are still ahead. However, I am heartened by the collective resolve of the members of the American Ambulance Association to provide 24/7 on-demand mobile healthcare, no matter the circumstances. As President of the Association, I am sharing below a brief summary of the AAA’s activities to support its members in the face of this devastating disease. COVID-19 Content & Approach Coronavirus Working Group—AAA Region III Director Tom Tornstrom, Executive Director of Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance, has been appointed to lead the AAA Coronavirus Working Group. The team includes AAA’s lobbyists, leadership, staff, and members from across the nation. We meet frequently and collaborate constantly to track challenges and find solutions to EMS issues relating to COVID-19 response. Sample topics include: First responder safety and wellness Reimbursement for alternative destinations, treatment in place, and mobile testing Paperwork reduction / waivers Advocating for policies in federal legislation that support mobile healthcare and redacting those that can negatively impact the industry Members will receive (more…)

2020 Stars of Life Canceled Due to COVID-19

On the afternoon of March 16, 2020, the American Ambulance Association board regretfully voted to cancel the 2020 Stars of Life. This action was taken out of an abundance of caution given the current COVID-19 pandemic. Attendees will be contacted with additional information within the next few days. Thank you for your patience and flexibility.