With the large increases in COVID-19 cases in the last two months, many healthcare systems across the country are buckling under the strain. Federal agencies are seeking to better understand staffing shortfalls in order to devise mitigation strategies. The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), American Ambulance Association (AAA), and International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) have been asked to assist our federal partners in understanding the current EMS staffing situation.
The NAEMT asks EMS providers to please take this short workforce survey at their earliest possible opportunity. The aggregated results of this survey will be used to help inform EMS's federal partners and advocate for greater support for EMS during and after the public health emergency.
"The 9-1-1 emergency medical system throughout the United States is at a breaking point," AAA President Aarron Reinert wrote in a November letter to the Department of Health and Human Services that was featured on CNN. "Without additional relief, it seems likely to break, even as we enter the third surge of the virus in the Midwest and West."