National EMS Preparedness Initiative Policy Summit

The George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute
Disaster Recovery, Stakeholder Summit
Washington, DC
October 2006, April 2007

Coordinating the Nation’s EMS Providers

The National EMS Policy Summits brought together Emergency Medical Service leaders from around the country to discuss the EMS role in protection, preparedness, response and recovery. The Summit was sponsored by the George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute through a grant from the Department of Homeland Security. The Summits featured the use of AmericaSpeaks’ 21st Century Town Meeting® methodology and our professional facilitators to lead the small group discussions.

Summit participants included EMS Chiefs, Officers, Administrators and Directors from America’s largest cities. These first-ever gatherings of EMS leaders featured representatives from the full spectrum of delivery models, including but not limited to: hospital-based; fire-based; private for-profit; and third service providers. Discussions focused on a change to the National Response Plan for large scale emergencies, developing protocols and standards for responding to such incidents, and continued communication among the nation’s largest EMS providers.

Following the Summits, the Homeland Security Policy Institute summarized the recommendations for submission to the Department of Homeland Security. Additionally, Summit participants self-organized into small issue-focused groups with the intention of taking their recommendations forward.


Using priorities identified at the summit, the Homeland Security Policy Institute produced protocols for training medical personnel to respond to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive events. The Institute then presented these recommendations to the Department of Homeland Security.