Pledge of Support to the Office of Homeland Security

AAA Board of Directors Resolution Whereas, the American Ambulance Association (AAA) represents ambulance services across the United States that participate in serving more than 95% of the urban U.S. population with emergency and non-emergency care and medical transportation services, and Whereas, AAA members play a key role in our nation’s homeland security as a first responder, and Whereas, the members of the American Ambulance Association work closely with their community’s local emergency response services such as fire and rescue, hospitals, public health, long-term care and other community-based health care organizations, and Whereas, the nation’s Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians are highly trained health care professionals on the front line everyday participating in the pre-hospital safety net for people all across America, therefore, Be it resolved that the AAA Board of Directors, on behalf of its membership and the ambulance industry across the United States, does hereby pledge its commitment to the Office of Homeland Security, and its Director Tom Ridge, to assist in the planning and implementation of various homeland security operations within our area of expertise. Adopted November 17, 2001 By the American Ambulance Association Board of Directors

Call for Affirmation of Ambulance Services Vital Role in Disaster Response

AAA Board of Directors Resolution Whereas, during a catastrophic disaster, act of terrorism or other public health threat, local ambulance services are an essential resource and a vital part of the emergency response system, and Whereas, dramatic evidence of this critical role was the quick response of ambulance services immediately following the terrorists attacks on September 11, 2001, and Whereas, the American Ambulance Association (AAA) represents ambulance services across the United States that participate in serving more than 95% of the urban U.S. population with emergency and non-emergency care and medical transportation, and Whereas, especially during this time of heightened alert, affirming the role of the nation’s ambulance services in the local, state and federal homeland security planning and response is essential, therefore Be it resolved that the AAA Board of Directors, on behalf of its membership and the ambulance industry across the United States, does hereby recommend the following… Safety of ambulance service personnel and patients, and the security of ambulance facilities, supply inventories and vehicles; Effective use of ambulance resources benefiting the patients and communities we serve; Integration of local ambulance services into emergency management including: 1) mitigation, 2) preparedness, 3) response, and 4) recovery; Timely cost reimbursement (more…)