MIEMSS has brought together leadership from across the fire & EMS community to form an Ambulance Safety Taskforce. The group is charged with considering ambulance safety factors across four domains – human, operational, vehicle, and environmental factors.
One of the goals of this project is to develop consensus guidelines that will include key recommendations for improving ambulance safety across the State. The first step taken by the Task Force was to review the available data and literature and write the Ambulance Safety Report listed below. A Statewide Ambulance Safety Symposium was held on November of 2011 to present the report and begin a dialogue. The summit was funded by the state EMS for Children Partnership Grant (HRSA/MCHB/EMSC). The summit was held at MITAGS with participation from across the state of Maryland and guest speakers from Pennsylvania. Dr. Robert Bass provided an over view of the Task Force Report and then participants met in three groups to identify best practice recommendations and to share documents. The focus groups were: Driver Screening & Crash Investigation; Driver Education; Lights & Sirens.