AEMS is requesting your immediate assistance to contact your Senate offices to ask them to cosponsor S. 1353, the Dale Long Emergency Medical Services Provider Protection Act.

This legislation would extend federal death benefits under the Public Safety Officers' Benefit (PSOB) program to those ground and air EMS personnel who are employed by a non-profit ambulance agency and die in the line of duty. The legislation is named after the paramedic with Bennington Rescue Squad in Vermont who recently died in the line of duty.

If you represent an organization, please distribute this information to your membership and request their participation.

This legislation would extend Public Safety Office Death Benefits to the survivors of medics who are employed by nongovernmental EMS agencies and die in the line of duty. Governmental medics are already eligible for death benefits but tens of thousands of nongovernmental medics are ineligible even though they provide the same life-saving medical care in often dangerous environments.

AEMS has made the process for you to contact your House Representative easy by using Capwiz on the AEMS Web site,

If this link does not connect, visit the AEMS Web site at, click on "Take Action" in the left side column bar, click on the "Issues & Legislation" tab, click on "Legislative Alerts and Updates" then click on the featured alert, "Contact Your Representatives in Congress to Cosponsor the Dale Long Emergency Medical Services Provider Protection Act!"

This link directs you to an informational letter on how to make contact with your Senator’s office, talking points and an email template. The email template is available by entering your zip code in the "Action Alert" box and clicking "Go." We highly encourage you to call the office of your Senator’s Office and ask to speak to the Judiciary Legislative Assistant and discuss with the importance of this legislation.

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I wasnt aware that the PSOB makes a distinction between governmental and non government EMS agencies. Thank you for your work on this!!


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