Some of our faculty recently traveled to Amsterdam, Brussels, and Paris to observe how major cities in European countries operate their emergency medical service systems. The visit allowed our faculty to make friendships and forge alliances with Western European emergency personnel who suggested an exchange program. Our faculty embraced the idea and upon returning to the U.S. asked our students if they would like the opportunity to ride along with ambulance crews from other countries. The response was an overwhelming yes! We are therefore pleased to announce the official creation of the Emergency Medical Services Exchange Program (EMSEP).
The purpose of the exchange program is to increase international emergency medical service awareness, education and cooperation. Naturally it’s fun too. Our exchange program is currently staffed by volunteers dedicated to its success and expansion. Soon we hope to make available to our students and other professionals dozens of locations in the U.S. and around the globe for summer internships and ride along opportunities. Future trips are planned for London England and Sidney Australia. We also welcome EMS professionals visiting from other countries to observe our own emergency services right here in the Washington, D.C. area. If you would like to become involved in the development of this program please contact our Director of Education, Robert Berry at 202-544-4207. NIEMS is actively searching for volunteers and for a Corporation or Foundation willing to sponsor expansion of this program.