Advocating on Your Behalf
Just like our customers, we share the desire to create a strong EMS community, and that ardent desire is why Bound Tree takes an active role in advocating for the EMS community to our government. Like you, we too see issues and policy changes that could be made that would prioritize and equip EMS agencies to confidently face the demands of serving their communities.
Bound Tree has been actively advocating on behalf of EMS agencies to encourage Congress, FEMA and HHS to allocate more PPE supplies to the EMS market. We have been working directly with congressional offices throughout the country.
FEMA: Committee for the Distribution of Healthcare Resources Necessary to Respond to a Pandemic
Bound Tree is honored to be selected as a key industry member of this newly created FEMA Task Force (Section 708 under the Defense Product Act). The purpose of this distinguished committee of government and industry representatives is to provide a forum for participants to solve supply chain bottlenecks and improve distribution methods for essential medical resources. As a committee member, Bound Tree is in the process of advocating for additional funding for EMS in the next federal stimulus package.
EMS Corporate Engagement Council (EMS-CEC)
Bound Tree is an active member of the EMS Corporate Engagement Council (EMS-CEC), hosted by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT). On this council, Bound Tree continues to advocate on behalf of EMS customers to ensure that first responders have the tools, protections and personnel necessary to protect their communities and themselves from the spread of COVID-19.
EMS Week "Rising to the Challenge"
Bound Tree is a proud sponsor of the EMS Week "Rising to the Challenge" campaign through the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), in partnership with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT). The campaign celebrates, unifies and inspires the men and women of our nation’s emergency medical services, bringing together associations, EMS services, sponsors and national media to honor the dedication of EMS practitioners nationwide.
Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA)
Bound Tree is an active member of Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA), participating on key task forces and councils, adding voice to the needs of the EMS industry on policy matters before legislators and regulators impacting supply chain and healthcare distribution.
American Ambulance Association (AAA)
Bound Tree is an active member and is partnering with the American Ambulance Association to proactively work on legislative priorities that the Association has identified. We joined forces with Whitmore & Worrell, Bound Tree’s Government Affairs Consultant, and Tristan North, SVP of Government Affairs at AAA. This trifecta of influence provides a unified presence in Washington working on priorities in national prehospital healthcare policy issues such as: allowing for-profit EMS ambulance providers direct access to FEMA grants for PPE equipment, to getting an extension on the temporary Medicare ambulance add-ons, which expire at the end of 2022.
Priority Ambulance Leadership Foundation
Bound Tree is a proud sponsor of the Priority Ambulance Leadership Foundation, which is a non-profit organization founded to provide industry-specific management and leadership training in the emergency medical services (EMS) field. The Foundation is dedicated to the future of EMS by striving to set the standard of excellence for prehospital medical care by providing program participants with expert management training taught by top industry leaders. The Foundation’s keen focus on building a strong foundation for the future and investing in the next generation of EMS leaders is critical in the EMS field.
What You Can Do
You can join us to petition for increased access and funding for government-directed PPE for EMS by reaching out to the congressional office in your area. Use this template to write directly to the congressperson in your jurisdiction.