Emergency Services Coalition for Medical Preparedness issues challenge for ideas

The Emergency Services Coalition for Medical Preparedness recently issued a challenge for the best ideas to protect from the U.S. from chemical and nerve agents.

The challenge was made after the Coalition conducted discussions throughout the spring with local and state public health, industry, line personnel and emergency service providers. The feedback led the Coalition to determine that gaps existed in protection and policies related to chemical nerve agent protection, including in products, inventory management and caching.

The challenge is open to all interested parties with ideas on next generation policies, products, procedures and operational plans for the chemical protective system. The deadline for the contest is July 10, and winners with the best ideas will win $5,000.

The Emergency Services Coalition for Medical Preparedness is made up of emergency services and other organizations, including the American Ambulance Association, the National Sheriffs' Association, the International Association of Emergency Managers and the American Pubic Works Association.