TRB Plans EMS Transport Safety Summit

TRB Plans EMS Transport Safety Summit

News Jan 10, 2012

Safety advocates from EMS and beyond will celebrate Leap Day with a special summit in Washington, D.C., focusing on EMS Safety Systems, Strategies and Solutions.

The one-day Feb. 29 workshop is sponsored by the U.S. government’s Transportation Research Board, which has a subcommittee devoted to EMS safety. It will present an interdisciplinary “state of the art” in transport safety issues and approaches, including technologies now available and under development, as well as covering human-factors issues and ongoing research and research needs. Proceedings will be broadcast by satellite to the concurrent EMS Today show in Baltimore.

Past TRB EMS summits have involved representatives from NHTSA, the DOT’s Intelligent Transportation Systems office, Federal Highway Administration, Department of Homeland Security and other top agencies and subject-matter experts, as well as state directors and other top EMS officials. For more information see Objective Safety.

From staff
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