ABOUT THE IEMTA

Our Beginnings
The Illinois EMT Association was founded in 1975 by Firefighter/EMTs attending Emergency Medical Services sessions at the University of Illinois annual Fire College and was incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation under Illinois law.  Internal Revenue Service approval was obtained as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)6 as a professional organization.


Our Governing Body
The IEMTA is governed by a Board of Directors.  Sixteen members are elected from eight geographical regions of the State, with two members coming from each region, serving two year terms and being elected on a staggered basis.  The membership chooses the Directors through elections held at the Annual Meeting every spring; the Directors elect a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer from  their midst. 
Much of our revenue is generated by Membership Dues; the balance comes from profits on educational conferences, classes, seminars and fundraisers.


What We Do
Since its inception, the IEMTA has focused its attention and energies in three primary areas of service.  The first of these has been to improve laws and regulations applicable to EMS in Illinois, and to keep our members - and all providers in the state - informed of rules, regulations and laws that are under consideration for change.  These efforts have included conferring with the Illinois Department of Public Health to negotiate policy changes, designating members to serve as participants in meetings of State planning bodies and offering testimony before committees of the State Legislature.  While not always successful in achieving the change(s) we proposed, several important revisions or additions to Illinois EMS law have resulted directly from the actions of the IEMTA.  Among the most significant of these were the inclusion of National Registry reciprocity in the State EMS Act, changes in Good Samaritan Law language and the approval of the EMT-Intermediate level.


The second major area of concentration has been a focus on quality education for EMS personnel.  Each year we plan our annual meeting and seminar with an eye to providing a useful learning experience for the attendees, and structure it in such a way to afford the maximum possible number of continuing education hours; this event has always been well attended and received.  The Luann Acuncious Excellence in EMS Education Award is presented by the Association each year at the seminar, an affirmation of our commitment in this area.  An annual fall Instructor's Seminar was also a popular staple of the Association for a number of years; a casualty of scheduling, it has been absent in the immediate past and will hopefully resume this year.


Our final primary goal has been in the area of communication, information sharing and networking.  This has traditionally been accomplished primarily through our seminars and our quarterly newspaper, The IEMTA Monitor, which is mailed to every member of the Association and distributed through various medical agencies.  Limited use of the web site began approximately five years ago, with the fully expanded site going into operation this year.  An on-line or e-mailed version of the IEMTA Monitor is being explored for the convenience of the members.


We have also sought to address this goal via extensive networking with other agencies and organizations.  The IEMTA maintains working relationships with a number of these, including the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) and Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children (IEMSC); we value and constantly try to expand these relationships.  Networking with other bodies is important to the Association, and to this end strategic alliances with organizations such as the Illinois Medical Emergency Response Team (IMERT), the Save a Life Foundation (SALF), the Illinois Emergency Services Management Association (IESMA) and the American Red Cross (ARC) are being developed.  The IEMTA has embraced one of the most valuable of the 9/11 lessons: that we are ALL public safety, ALL need to understand one another and ALL need to work together for the common good, although our missions and responsibilities may vary slightly.  The Association also recognizes full well that effective relationships are best formed and mutual understandings reached before a crisis arises, and we are working hard towards that end.

ABOUT OUR NAME
Old habits die hard, and established identities are never easily parted with.  We've been the IEMTA since 1975, and have opted to keep the name for that reason - even though it is somewhat misleading today.  The concept of an "all EMT" organization passed into obsolescence some time ago, when the Association began to welcome as Active Members individuals licensed by the IDPH in ANY recognized EMS classification...so, despite the name, the membership of the Association today includes:
First Responders, EMT Basics, EMT Intermediates, EMT Paramedics, EMS Lead Instructors, Field Registered Nurses, Trauma Nurse Specialists, Emergency Medical Dispatchers, Emergency Communications Registered Nurses
When you take into account that our membership contains representatives from each of these categories you find that we are a truly diverse group of EMS providers and associated persons, groups, businesses and institutions.

 
Board Members

Region 1

Bill Reynolds, Vice President

Region 1 - Sycamore, IL

Term: April 2017 - 2019

Filled by At-large Candidate

Region 1

Region 2

Tonya Minz

Region 2 - Minonk, IL

Term: April 2017 - 2019

Tony Tracy

Region 2 - Geneseo, IL

Term: April 2018 - 2020

Region 3

Michael Weaver

Region 3 - Rochester, IL

Term: April 2017 - 2019

Filled by At-large Candidate

Region 3

Region 4

Alan Davis, Treasurer

Region 4 - Greenville, IL

Term: April 2017 - 2019

Filled by At-large Candidate

Region 4

Region 5

Pam Davis

Region 5 - Ava, IL

Term: April 2018 - 2020

Region 6

Tina Meadows

Region 6 - LeRoy, IL

Term: April 2017 - 2019

David Burkham, President

Region 6 - Decatur, IL

Term: April 2018 - 2020

Region 7

Kevin Bernard

Region 7 - Joliet, IL

Term: April 2018 - 2020

Filled by At-large Candidate

Region 7

Region 8

John Collins

Region 8 - Chicago, IL

Term: April 2017 - 2019

Filled by At-large Candidate

Region 8

At-large Members

Andrew Jackson

PCEMS

Term: April 2018 - 2019

Leslie Mennenga

OSF Heart of Mary

Term: April 2018 - 2019

Joel Smith

Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services

Term: April 2018 - 2019

Paula Rath

Term: April 2019 - 2020

Jeff Menke

Term: April 2019 - 2020

Charles Coe

Region 5

Term: April 2019 - 2021

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Administrator@iemta.com

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