I saw this start on Facebook last week and am impressed that NEMSMA cut ties so quickly.
|Dear NEMSMA members,|
On Friday, July 2nd, several members made the National EMS Management Association's (NEMSMA) leadership aware of comments made on social media by Director-at-Large Skip Kirkwood. The Board has reviewed the issue and agrees the statements by Mr. Kirkwood were inappropriate, insensitive, and not representative of NEMSMA's values. Director Kirkwood has apologized to the Board of Directors, affirmed that he did not intend to speak ill of any person or group, and has offered his resignation. The Board has accepted Skip's immediate resignation.
The NEMSMA Seven Pillars of National EMS Officer Competencies were published in 2014, which serves as the basis for our paramedic officer certification programs. Pillar #6 – Social Responsibility includes valuing diversity, among other traits. In alignment with the pillars, we will work to strengthen the code of conduct in our bylaws and the process to enforce that code as needed moving forward.
NEMSMA is an inclusive organization that welcomes the diversity of our members regardless of organizational size, corporate structure, ownership, or philosophy. We value our members from various EMS system models, organizational structures, and agency affiliations.
NEMSMA has always been and continues to be a collaborative and inclusive organization that encourages diversity and celebrates our differences. Our LGBTQI+ members and colleagues are wonderful examples of this inclusive association and should feel like they belong in our profession and our association. The NEMSMA Board of Directors and Executive Director not only stand behind but advocate for equity in support of LGBTQI+ leaders, clinicians, and patients.
We realize that diversity, inclusion, and equity are even more important in 2021, and we will be working to improve NEMSMA's efforts in this area moving forward. As always, we are open to input from our members as we try to build the next generation of leaders in paramedicine.