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Rural Emergency Medical Services Training Grant

Posted on Grants.gov: https://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/fg-20-005

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Application Due Date: 

Monday, March 30, 2020

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 


Intergovernmental Review (E.O. 12372): 

Applicants must comply with E.O. 12372 if their state(s) participates. Review process recommendations from the State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.

Public Health System Impact Statement (PHSIS) / Single State Agency Coordination: 

Applicants must send the PHSIS to appropriate State and local health agencies by application deadline. Comments from Single State Agency are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2020 Rural Emergency Medical Services Training grants (Short Title: EMS Training). The purpose of this program is to recruit and train emergency medical services (EMS) personnel in rural areas. SAMHSA recognizes the great need for emergency services in rural areas and the critical role EMS personnel serve across the country.


Eligible applicants are rural emergency medical service agencies operated by a local or tribal government (fire-based and non-fire based) and non-profit emergency medical service agencies.

Emergency medical services are resources used by a public or private non-profit licensed entity to deliver medical care outside of a medical facility under emergency conditions that occur as a result of the condition or the patient. This includes services delivered by an emergency medical services provider or other provider that is licensed or certified by the State involved as an emergency medical technician, a paramedic or an equivalent profession (as determined by the State).

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: 


Anticipated Total Available Funding: 


Anticipated Number of Awards: 


Anticipated Award Amount: 

Up to $200,000 per year

Length of Project: 

Up to four years

Cost Sharing/Match Required?: 


Proposed budgets cannot exceed $200,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project. Annual continuation awards will depend on the availability of funds, grantee progress in meeting project goals and objectives, timely submission of required data and reports, and compliance with all terms and conditions of award.

Notice: Updated Statewide Treatment Protocols and Advisory 20-01-27 Required Medication List, Effective April 1, 2020

The MA Department of Public Health’s (Department’s) Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) has issued the updated Statewide Treatment Protocols v. 2020.1, which will become effective April 1, 2020. The updated Protocols are available at https://www.mass.gov/doc/emergency-medical-services-pre-hospital-treatment-protocols-version-20201-effective-4120-pdf/download . The change chart, the memo describing the changes, and the required medications advisory can also all be found on the OEMS website’s Statewide Treatment Protocols page at https://www.mass.gov/lists/emergency-medical-services-statewide-treatment-protocols .  These Protocols have been developed and approved for recommendation to the Department by the Medical Services Committee of the Emergency Medical Care Advisory Board (EMCAB).

EMS personnel must be trained to operate under these updated Protocols and any pertinent changes to the required medications advisory, as applicable, by April 1,2020. Ambulance services and their training officers are responsible for ensuring all their EMS personnel have successfully completed training before implementing these Protocols and advisory updates. Once all service EMS personnel have been so trained and the service is appropriately equipped, they may start operating under these Protocols, but all must operating under these Protocols by April 1,2020.  Please note that documentation of successful completion of Protocol training for all service EMS personnel, will be reviewed by Department inspectors and investigators.

We are also taking pre-orders for printed STP books. Contact Deb to reserve your copies.

Here is a great, simple procedure sheet for EMS to follow if  you have a patient presenting with respiratory symptoms and a fever. Thank you to UMass for sharing!

Here ia the CDC screening tool for 2019-nCoV


Please read the most recent information from the CDC about the outbreak of a novel coronavirus causing respiratory disease in Wuhan, China. On January 21, CDC announced the identification of the first case in the United States, in a Washington State resident with travel to Wuhan, China. 

Stryker announced today that the company is launching a voluntary field action on specific units of the LIFEPAK 15 monitor/defibrillators.

The company is notifying a population of LIFEPAK 15 customers of an issue that may cause their devices to fail to deliver a defibrillation shock after the “Shock” button on the keypad is pressed. This is a result of oxidation that may have formed over time within the “Shock” button.

The company is contacting customers with impacted devices to schedule the correction of their device(s), which will include replacement of the affected keypad. Stryker anticipates that all devices subject to this field action will be serviced by June 2021.

Most complaints associated with this issue were detected prior to patient use. Routine testing of the device can detect this fault condition. If a customer experiences this issue, they should contact Stryker as soon as possible at 1-800-787-9537 and select option 2.

The company is instructing customers to continue to use their LIFEPAK 15 monitor/defibrillator according to the Operating Instructions until the correction can be completed. Customers should continue to perform the daily check as described in the Operator’s Checklist, specifically, the QUIK- COMBO therapy cable check as described in the General Maintenance and Testing Section (pages 10-4 and the LIFEPAK 15 monitor/defibrillator Operator’s Checklist, number 7).

To read the complete announcement from the FDA, CLICK HERE.  

In an effort to increase communications with ALL of our stakeholders, CMEMSC is publishing a newletter. Click to get your copy of the Region II Responder. Want to be on the email list? Click HERE to send a quick email request and you won't miss an issue. We are also always looking for information that is timely and relevant to all EMS professionals so feel free to share your ideas with us.

On December 12, 2019, the State EMS Medical Director issued an Emergency Release of Protocol 2.20 Home Hemodialysis Disconnect.  Read the memo from OEMS here.  Download STP 2.20 here.  

The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association in the Central MA Region will be recognizing one individual with the EMS Provider of the Year Award.  Please click here for more information and for the nomination form.  All nominations are due by April 3, 2020!

Beginning December 2, 2019, there is a new direct-to-CT pathway specifically for trauma patients transported to UMass University.  This is designed to get patients who have falls on anticoagulants to CT quickly, but only applies to patients who are otherwise uncomplicated.  Read the memo from UMass-Memorial Medical Center here.  

2019 Award Winners


If you know an EMS provider that outshines the rest, whether on a single challenging call or on a daily basis, why not nominate them for an EMS award. Presentations are made at the CMEMSC Annual Meeting in May. Here is the form and the categories are below. 

  • Citizen/Bystander                    
  • EMS Communications Specialist
  • First Responder                               
  • EMT                                                 
  • Advanced EMT                              
  • Paramedic      
  • EMS Educator
  • EMS Nurse
  • Paul J. Gramling EMS Physician                                  
  • James DiAntonio EMS Public Educator/Program
  • EMS Service/Organization          
  • Special Service Award

Annual Meeting & EMS Awards

Tuesday, May 5, 2020; Dinner 5:15; Meeting 6:00pm

University of Massachusetts Medical School-South Street Campus

333 South Street
Shrewsbury, MA 01545