On Thursday, November 7th, the bipartisan committee completed two days of discussions on the state of emergency medical services in Iowa, and possible improvements. Legislators are interested in ways to ensuring that all Iowans have access to high quality, life-saving emergency medical services, regardless of where they live. A key goal is to better support the volunteers who make up the majority of Iowa's EMTs.
Legislators pushed to create the committee after Governor Branstad vetoed legislation that would have created a task force with a similar mission.
State Senators Steve Sodders (left) and Rich Taylor of Mount Pleasant (middle) listen closely as Orville Randolph, president of the all-volunteer Bennett Ambulance Service (right), addresses the Iowa Legislature’s Emergency Medical Services Study Committee at the Iowa Statehouse.