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Public Information, Education & Relations for EMS Injury Prevention Modules

In 1992, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published the first National Standard Curriculum for PIER--an expanded and revised version of a 1986 document, PIER for EMS Providers. The 1992 version served to educate EMS providers about conducting media relations and developing public image campaigns.

Recently, NHTSA released PIER Injury Prevention Modules--a five-module textbook created by a 15-member team of EMS professionals from around the nation. It contains injury prevention training for both EMS providers and their classroom instructors and is particularly appropriate for students who are already seasoned providers.

The five modules build sequentially upon one another. Each module is structured to contain a goal, table of contents, objectives, outline, conclusion, handouts, suggested reading, resources and references. Notes to instructors are highlighted in the margins, and the text is supplemented by definitions, quotes, activities, case studies and graphics. The modules are:

  • Module I: Injury Prevention Basics. Defines injury, explains causation and introduces interventions.
  • Module II: Personal Injury Prevention for Prehospital Professionals. Reviews ways in which EMS professionals can protect themselves before, during and after a call.
  • Module III: The Mark of a Professional--EMS as Role Model and Teacher. Covers importance of professional practice and interpersonal skills.
  • Module IV: Data Collection & Risk Assessment. Helps EMS providers better understand how to use data and discusses information EMS providers should collect.
  • Module V: Strategies for Implementing. Encourages EMS providers to become proactive safety advocates and outlines the benefits of collaborating with others in safety and injury prevention coalitions.

Download a copy of PIER: Public Information, Education, and Relations for EMS Injury Prevention Modules from Contact NHTSA at


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