The Emergency Medical Service Advisory Committee (EMSAC) was reseated on January 20, 2012. The committee is comprised of 17 members that encompass a mix of community leadership, hospitals and government entities. Of the 17 members, 11 are allowed to vote on committee issues.
The role of EMSAC is to provide advice on best practices in EMS across the country which is used in establishing performance goals for EMS in DC. By law the EMSAC shall advise the Mayor, the Chief and Medical Director of Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, the Director of the Department of Health, the Director of the Department of Mental Health and the Director of Homeland Security Emergency Management Agency regarding issues related to emergency medical services in the District.
The EMSAC shall perform the following six functions;
- Advice on best practices in EMS across the US to assist in establishing performance goals for EMS in DC.
- Recommend standards or revisions to existing standards to be applied to the delivery of emergency medical services in accordance with the appropriate District, federal and regional statutes, rules, regulations and jurisdictional agreements.
- Advise on the development of a program of public information and education with respect to emergency medical services.
- Advise on the development of an emergency medical service data collection system for the District, and on the categorization of facilities and services.
- Advise on the coordination of District emergency medical services with those EMS activities and projects organized through the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
- Provide biennial comments on the operations of emergency medical services in the District.
The committee will also undertake other duties as assigned by the Mayor.
EMS is a critical component of the delivery of a wide range of medical services in the District. It’s role should never be underscored or downplayed in the delivery of essential emergency medical services to those who need emergency medical care in the District. Nowhere else is such a wide range of needs being met, whether it is in the arena of care for residents, visitors, a presidential detail or caring for a sick child.
DC Boards and Commissions
The DC Boards and Commissions maintain a web site where you can find information on the EMS Advisory Committee. A listing of upcoming meeting dates and locations can be found on their calendar page.