Greetings fellow EMS Practitioners and members of LANREMT. As this year begins to draw to a close, I wanted to provide you with an update on the latest developments within our association. The LANREMT EMS Conference Committee is working diligently to ensure that the 2023 LANREMT Conference is one that will not soon be forgotten. The 2023 conference will include world-renowned speakers, various educational tracks, and innovative vendors. The event will be held June 7th through 10th, 2023 and the committee is currently in the process of confirming a venue. Mark your calendars to reserve that date and be on the lookout for more information in the upcoming weeks.
We are still awaiting the final decision regarding the appointment of a LANREMT representative for the Louisiana Emergency Response Network (LERN) Board. Nominations were submitted to Louisiana Boards and Commissions several months ago and are expected to be reviewed in mid-December. We are hopeful for an announcement regarding the selected appointee to be made around that timeframe as well. We look forward to having representation on the LERN Board and are confident that the selected appointee will represent LANREMT and all of Louisiana’s EMS Practitioners well. We will continue to provide you with information as it becomes available.
The holiday season is coming up, which usually means enjoying time with family and making wonderful memories. Unfortunately, this time of year can also have an impact on a person’s mental health. Missing a loved one that has recently passed away or responding to a stressful event during this time of year can be stressful to the EMS Practitioner. Research shows that EMS professionals are three times more likely to develop a mental health disorder and five times more likely to become suicidal than the general population. EMS professionals are also 55% less likely to seek out diagnoses and treatment for mental health disorders than the general population. As we go into this holiday season, please remain cognizant of the state of your mental health, and do not delay in seeking out treatment should you begin to experience symptoms. Being healthy mentally is not only important for ourselves and our families, but also for the people who depend on us to provide care in emergency situations.
I would like to close by wishing all our members a Happy Thanksgiving and a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Enjoy the wonderful food, spend time with family, and make wonderful memories with the ones you love. Stay safe and stay healthy.
Until next time,
Shane J Bellard
LANREMT's mission is the enhancement of the EMS profession through advocacy, education and awareness. Founded in 1976, LANREMT works with many EMS associations in Louisiana to strengthen the EMS System and to ensure quality patient care. LANREMT is the state affiliate of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, NREMT, and is a member of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, NAEMT.
LANREMT is the only statewide voice for more than 20,000 EMS personnel in Louisiana. Only about 20% of the 20,000 plus emergency medical personnel in Louisiana work full-time as EMS providers. The remaining 80% are members of volunteer rescue squads in their community or workplace. It is through the support of corporations and other caring individuals that LANREMT is able to continue working to improve EMS in Louisiana.
LANREMT members sit on every major E.M.S. board and task force, working to improve EMS in Louisiana. Some of the many committees are: The Education Sub-Committee, The Clinical Care Sub-Committee, The Communications Sub-Committee, The Disaster Sub-Committee, The EMS Terrorism Preparedness Sub-Committee, LERN and The EMS Task Force.
LANREMT sponsors a statewide educational conference. Each year we bring in speakers from around the country. Select "Annual Conference" for more information. LANREMT members receive a discount on their conference registration fee. Many of our chapters sponsor local workshops and refresher courses.
LANREMT maintains a Facebook page and it is there you will find the most timely and up-to-date information on our activities.