A Message from Jon Khromer, MD, New Director of OEMS
Jon Krohmer, MD
Dear EMS colleagues,
It is an honor to write to you in my new role as Director of the Office of EMS at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Having worked with NHTSA for many years, as both a local EMS medical director in Michigan and during my time at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, I know what a vital role the Office of EMS plays in supporting the nation’s EMS systems.
I also know that the real work happens at the local, regional and state levels. My colleagues at NHTSA, along with our partners on the Federal Interagency Committee on EMS, do our best to support that work. But it is the dedication of the nation’s EMS providers to the people they serve that allows EMS in this country to continue to improve.
This year marks an exciting time for NHTSA and the EMS profession. I join the Office of EMS as we prepare to support, with the Health Resources and Services Administration, a major revision of the landmark EMS Agenda for the Future, the 1996 report that helped set the stage for the current EMS landscape. This month also marks the 50th anniversary of the National Academy of Sciences’ report, Accidental Death and Disability: The Neglected Disease of Modern Society, which helped raise awareness of the need for safer roads and vehicles and more organized EMS systems.
I am excited to build on the work of the last 50 years by continuing to support initiatives like the National EMS Information System, which is fostering the development of data-driven and evidence-based EMS systems; the efforts to promote a safe, prepared and well-trained EMS workforce; and more. Please visit EMS.gov to find out more about our work in these areas and sign up to receive emails so you can stay informed.
Lastly, I specifically want to commend Drew Dawson for the leadership he has shown not only in his time at NHTSA, but in every role he has held during his four decades serving the EMS community. I’ve known Drew Dawson for more than 25 years, and have not met anyone as committed to this profession and to all of you. Replacing Drew in the office will not be easy, but his approach to engaging the entire EMS community and listening to the challenges you face—and the solutions you have developed—is a great example that I intend to follow.
Thank you all for your dedicated service to your local communities, to EMS and to each other. I look forward to working with you.
Jon Krohmer, MD