The Florida Association of Professional EMTs and Paramedics
(FAPEP) is a non-profit trade organization that was officially founded
on April 3, 1992. It was created by eight Tallahassee paramedics who were
motivated by their concern about the potential increase in EMT and paramedic
recertification fees. The original goal of FAPEP was to make a difference
in the EMS profession, from the EMT and paramedic level, as there existed
no group to advocate for them. Through the hard work and dedication of
the founding eight paramedics and the encouragement and membership of
other Florida EMTs and paramedics, the organization has been successful
in achieving its goal. It is now our desire to follow in the footsteps
of our forefathers and continue to give to EMTs and paramedics a Professional
Association that will continue to work on their behalf.
Executive Board of FAPEP is made up of an: Executive Director (appointed
by the Executive Board); President (appointed by the Executive Board);
Immediate Past President; five District Vice-Presidents (elected by the
general membership); Government Affairs Representative (appointed by the
Executive Director and is a member of the Executive Board); Education
Director (appointed by the Executive Director, member of the Executive
Board); and a National Association of EMTs representative (appointed by
the Executive Director and member of the Executive Board). All positions
are held for two years. In addition the FAPEP office is staffed by a Membership
Coordinator (hired by the executive director) and at times of heavy workloads
has additional office staff that can be called upon as needed.
Throughout the years FAPEP has enjoyed success with the completion of
several projects. Since FAPEP began in1992, the organization has been
sending lobbyists to Washington DC and to the Florida Capitol to meet
with members of legislature on issues related to EMS and which the membership
feels is important. The Legislative Representative along with members
of the executive board takes the time to make all lawmakers aware of the
concerns within the EMS community. Starting in 1993, FAPEP has developed
a variety of “position statements.” Issues such as “Big Trucks”, Associate
Degree requirements for paramedic certification, and quality management
practices required the Association to have a position. The formal process
of having our voice heard is through the position statements process.
Additionally, there have been other projects that did not require position
statements but rather a lot of work. An example of such a project has
been the six-year research of the history of “blood draw” laws in Florida.
Paramedics were being asked by law enforcement to draw legal blood alcohols
in the field but in addition in cases EMS units were actually being dispatched
for this purpose. FAPEPs research has led to a law enforcement commitment
to reduce unnecessary use of EMS in obtaining blood alcohol samples in
the field. As we have the experience and knowledge on this issue, we
have also been asked to participate on a national level on this same topic.
FAPEP’s activities are not just limited to the interests of the EMS professionals
of today. FAPEP is committed to looking toward our future. In 1999, the
FAPEP leadership developed the FAPEP Scholars Program. The focus of the
Scholars Program is to have association participation of students in EMT
and paramedic programs. The Scholars Program provides information to
an instructor that is not only timely but also relative to EMS. FAPEP
believes that the future of the Association lies with positive relationships
from the beginning. FAPEP will also provide any assistance to a program
wishing to start an EMT and paramedic leadership club. It is truly a
win-win; FAPEP has students understanding the importance of a professional
association prior to leaving school.
FAPEP’s involvement and commitment extends into the community and has
participated in programs targeting bicycle helmets, safety belts, DUI,
and other safety issues. In 1995 FAPEP became an official NAEMT Florida
Affiliate to represent Florida EMTs and paramedic’s interests on a national
level. FAPEP became a charter member of National Association of EMS Educators
(NAEMSE) in 1997.
What does the future hold for FAPEP? We are currently
focusing our efforts toward the enhancement of EMS education by supporting
the development of Associate Degree requirements for paramedic certification
and improving our profession by strengthening quality management practices.
FAPEP is also working on professionally recognizing the advanced training
that paramedics receive. FAPEP strives to encourage EMS providers and
other allied health professionals to become actively involved in our professional
association. The association has levels of membership that can be appealing
to not only EMTs and paramedics but to corporations, schools, individuals
and affiliates. We would like to encourage you to visit our website at
www.fapep.org to learn more exciting
information about FAPEP.
Broward Community College
ParamedicDistrict 4 - SE Florida
District Covers: Broward, Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach counties.
Brittany is originally from New York. She started in Fire-Rescue
as an explorer almost 15 years ago and returned to make it a career
4 years ago. In addition to her National Registry and FL Paramedic
certification, Brittany is also a registered respiratory therapist
and teaches at Broward Community College. She is an instructor in
BLS, ACLS, PALS, and BTLS. Outside of EMS Brittany’s interests include
theater, music, mystery novels, football, baseball, and her dauschund
Kristi. FAPEP and professional interests include education, recertification,