Glossary 2016-12-28T15:48:59+00:00

ACEP – American College of Emergency Physicians is a professional organization that promotes high quality emergency care and is an advocate for emergency physicians, EMS providers, and their patients. ACEP provides staff and financial support for EMS Week as a public education and informational service and working with NHTSA and other federal agencies developed the EMS Culture of Safety Strategic Plan.

AMD/NTEA – AMD is a division of the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA), a professional association with 1,800 members involved with commercial trucks, bodies, equipment, trailers, and accessories. The AMD is a division of AMD that was formed in 1976 to work closely with ambulance manufacturers and equipment suppliers.

ANSI – The American National Standards Institute, a private non-profit organization that oversees the development of voluntary consensus standards for products, services, processes, systems, and personnel in the United States.

ASTM – (ASTM International) is an organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems, and services. The ASTM Committee F30 on Emergency Medical Services has published standards and guides for EMS services; design construction and procurement of ambulances; EMS providers (first responder, EMT, and paramedic); and EMS Telecommunications.

CEN – the European Committee for Standardization, is an association that brings together the National Standardization Bodies of 33 European countries and provides a platform for the development of European Standards and other technical documents in relation to various kinds of products, materials, services and processes.

EMD – Emergency Medical Dispatch is a system where callers are asked specific questions to help identify what emergency resources are needed. Callers may also be given instructions while an ambulance is enroute to the scene.

FICEMS – Federal Interagency Committee on EMS was established by Congress to ensure coordination among Federal agencies supporting local, regional, state, tribal, and territorial EMS and 911 systems. Federal member agencies include the Departments of: Defense, Health & Human Services, Homeland Security, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Department of Transportation.

FMVSS – Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards are U.S. federal regulations specifying design, construction, performance, and durability requirements for motor vehicles and regulated Automobile safety-related components, systems, and design features.

GSA – General Services Administration. The federal agency that developed and has maintained the Federal Specification for Star-of-Life Ambulances (KKK-A-1822) since 1974.

GVS – Ground Vehicle Standards, which were developed as a project of the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS). CAAS is a nonprofit organization that accredits ambulance services in North America. CAAS has established and maintained a comprehensive set of standards for ground ambulance services since 1993.

NASEMSO – The National Association of State EMS Officials is the lead national organization for EMS, a voice for national EMS policy with comprehensive concern and commitment for the development of effective, integrated, community-based, universal and consistent EMS systems.

NEMSAC – National EMS Advisory Council was established as a nationally recognized council of EMS representatives and consumers to provide advice and recommendations regarding EMS to the NHTSA and FICEMS.

NFPA – The National Fire Protection Association is an association that creates and maintains standards and codes for usage and adoption by local governments.

NIOSH – National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health Division of Safety Research (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). The Division of Safety Research (DSR) serves as the focal point for the Institute’s traumatic occupational injury research program. The Division’s programs are organized around the public health approach to occupational injury prevention. DSR programs encompass surveillance, field investigations, analytic epidemiology, protective technology and safety engineering.

NIST – National Institute of Science and Technology (US Department of Commerce). NIST is a federal research and development agency that specializes in measurement science, such as human factor and safety elements.

NHTSA – National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The federal agency created in 1970 to improve motor vehicle and highway safety. NHTSA’s Office of EMS works with other partners to promote a national vision for EMS with initiatives in research, education, preparedness, and safety. Considerable information is available online at:

SAE International – Society of Automotive Engineers. SAE initially began as a a US based association and is now a global association of more than 138,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries.