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NHTSA Makes Major Revisions to National EMS Education Standards

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After a community-wide, collaborative effort, the newly updated National EMS Education Standards are now available.
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Jon Krohmer, NHTSA’s Office of EMS Director, to Retire

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Jon Krohmer, MD, will be retiring in November after 15 years of federal service.
This photo provided by the Ocean City Fire Department shows the wreckage from a car accident on the Route 90 bridge in Ocean City, Md., on Sunday, May 2, 2021. A bystander jumped over a highway guard rail and into a Maryland bay Sunday to rescue a child who had been thrown from a car and into the water during the crash, according to authorities. The child was ejected from a car on the Route 90 bridge in Ocean City and landed in the Assawoman Bay, the Ocean City Fire Department said in a statement. At least eight people were injured in total, the agency said.

U.S. Traffic Deaths Up Seven Percent Last Year, Highest Number Since 2007

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U.S. traffic deaths rose 7% last year, the biggest increase in 13 years even though people drove fewer miles due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Deadline Soon for Rural EMS Training and Recruiting Grants

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SAMHSA plans on awarding up to $5.5 million in awards to help eligible agencies recruit and train personnel.
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Feds Urge EMS to Prepare for Potential Unrest Ahead of Inauguration

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EMS providers should be prepared for unrest ahead of the Inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden next week, according to memo from the federal government.
This undated photo provided by National Transportation Safety Board, The Orange County Fire Authority battles a fire on a burning vehicle inside a garage in Orange County, Calif.

NTSB Says Vehicle Battery Fires Pose Risks to 1st Responders

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Guidelines from manufacturers about how to deal with them have been inadequate, according to U.S. investigators.
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U.S. Traffic Deaths Up Despite Virus Lockdowns

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The number of people killed on the nation's highways rose 4.6% in the first nine months of 2020 despite coronavirus lockdowns.
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NHTSA to Host Workshops on Recent Trends in Risky Driving

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For EMS, this can mean responding to more frequent and more severe crashes as well as facing more dangerous situations while working on the scene of these incidents.

EMS Leadership Focus: COVID-19 and the Federal Response

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Jon Krohmer, MD, director of the NHTSA Office of Emergency Medical Services, celebrates the commitment of EMS professionals during the coronavirus pandemic.

Input Needed on Latest Draft of the National EMS Education Standards

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The second draft of proposed revisions to the National EMS Education Standards is now available for public comment.