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ATS Participates in White House Roundtable on Bystander Response to Emergencies

Friday, June 12, 2015  
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On April 29, 2015, 50 senior leaders from the ATS and 35 other national organizations representing 9-1-1, allied health disciplines, emergency management, EMS, fire service, law enforcement, medicine, nursing and public health along with key federal personnel and National Security Council (NSC) staff participated in a Roundtable on a national initiative, Bystanders: Our Nation’s Immediate Responders. This medical-preparedness initiative is a direct response to Presidential Policy Directive 8 (National Preparedness). The meeting was held at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. The goal of the initiative is to build national resilience by better preparing the general public to save lives by raising awareness of techniques that can save lives by taking such basic actions as stopping life threatening bleeding. Our national preparedness is the shared responsibility of all levels of government, the private and nonprofit sectors, and individual citizens. As we have seen in such recent tragic incidents as the Boston Marathon bombings, anyone can contribute to safeguarding the Nation from harm. At the meeting, convened by the NSC staff, members of the federal interagency Bystander Workgroup reviewed progress on the initiative and received valuable input from participants. There was unanimous support for the Bystander initiative from the participants. 


Participant Organizations: 

Air Medical Physician Association, American Academy of Physician Assistants, American Ambulance Association, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, American College of Emergency Physicians, American College of Surgeons, American Heart Association, American Hospital Association, American Nurses Association, American Osteopathic Association, American Physical Therapy Association, American Public Health Association, American Trauma Society, Association of Air Medical Services, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Emergency Medical Services Labor Alliance, Emergency Nurses Association, International Academies of Emergency Dispatch, International Association of Chiefs of Police, International Association of Emergency Managers, International Association of Emergency Medical Services Chiefs, International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of Fire Fighters, Major Cities Chiefs Association, National Association of Emergency Medical Services Technicians, National Association of School Nurses, National Association of State EMS Officials, National Athletic Trainers’ Association, National Emergency Management Association, National Volunteer Fire Council, Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants, Society of Trauma Nurses, Trauma Center Association of America


Federal Departments and Agencies Represented:

Combat Casualty Care Research Program and Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Homeland Defense & Global Security, Department of Defense; Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice; Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Department of Health & Human Services; Federal Emergency Management Agency and Office of Health Affairs, Department of Homeland Security; National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation; Office of Medical Services, Department of State; National Security Council Staff; Physician to the President; Physician to the Vice President


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