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EMS and the Burden of Explanation to Lawmakers

By Allison G. S. Knox, M.A., EMT-B, Faculty at American Military University

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is an intriguing policy area because it encompasses numerous issue areas at the local, state and federal levels of government. Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics are cross-trained between emergency medicine and public safety, which allows them to be creative and resourceful when handling 9-1-1 emergencies.

Draft Report on Intelligence and Communications Technology for Privacy and National Security Recommends Changes

By Jamie Smith, faculty member in the National Security Studies program at American Public University

This year, the issues of the right to privacy and the need for the government to collect information in the interest of national security came to a head when Edward Snowden revealed information related to the National Security Agency’s (NSA’s) surveillance program.

Sequestration and the impacts on law enforcement, firefighters and emergency services

The countdown towards sequestration continues. Most Americans, in all walks of life, are tired of hearing about this impending March 1 deadline, but alas, the impacts of these cuts could have significant impacts on those in public safety positions.

First off, here’s a quick review of sequestration, per CNN:

Sequestration is a series of automatic, across-the-board cuts to government agencies totalling $1.2 trillion over 10 years.