News and Opportunities

The Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Oversight, Health Information and Policy Analysis Program has published some reports based on Emergency Medical Services Tracking and Reporting System (EMSTARS) data collected over the year. Click the links below to review how your agency may stack up with State data on response times, transport times, reaction times, and more.

South Florida EMS Forum, May 29th

Published on Sat, May 25, 2013 by Tracy Burger
FAREMS is hosting a South Florida EMS Forum May 29th in Bowling Green at the South Florida State College, Hardee Campus. Presentations will be given on critical access ERs and the national drug shortage. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss local EMS issues with neighboring rural EMS agencies.

EMS Week Golf Tournament Proceeds to FAREMS

Published on Fri, May 24, 2013 by Tracy Burger
Lifeguard Ambulance of Columbia County hosted an EMS Week Golf Tournament at the Country Club at Lake City on Thursday, May 23rd. Proceeds of the inaugural tournament will go to FAREMS to support EMT and paramedic scholarships and training programs. Thank you, Lifeguard, for supporting FAREMS!

North Central Florida EMS Forum a Success!

Published on Thu, May 23, 2013 by Tracy Burger
On May 21, 2013, FAREMS hosted the North Central Florida EMS Forum at the Starke Golf & Country Club in Starke. 19 people were in attendance and the BBQ was great! Speakers presented on the national drug shortage and how to get involved and find resources at the State Department of Health and the EMS Advisory Council.

FAREMS 2012 Survey Report

Published on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 by Tracy Burger
The 2012 Rural Florida EMS Agency Survey report is now available for download. Key findings include: Very low staff turnover rate (2.9% overall); Use of outside billing service is up nearly 100% (69% of respondents); 84% of respondents indicate their community needs primary care resources/access.

Recruitment and Retention Manual Available

Published on Sun, May 15, 2011 by Tracy Burger
The FAREMS-produced manual R&R: Recruitment and Retention of EMS Professionals in Rural Florida is now available. This 29-page manual is a compendium of research and best practices directly from Florida's rural agencies as well as organizations around the country. Get tips on how to recruit and retain quality EMS professionals for your agency. Become an agency member and get your manual free, or purchase a copy for $25. Click the link below to read the President's Message.