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August 31, 1970

Community Emergency Councils— A New Campaign Issue

JAMA. 1970;213(9):1480. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170350048011

"Webster's defines 'emergency' as 'an unforeseen combination of circumstances which calls for immediate action.' In the context of medical services, the emergency can be of any magnitude, from the single traffic casualty or cardiac arrest to the mass victims of a fire, an explosion, or a hurricane."

So begins Devoloping Emergency Medical Services—Guidelines for Community Councils,1 published earlier this year by the AMA Commission on Emergency Medical Services and distributed widely in a cooperative campaign with the US JAYCEES.

The Commission found that concerted community-wide action was essential to adequate emergency service and developed guidelines to aid those establishing councils. The Guidelines stress the importance of defining the community to be served and of including providers of health services, public agencies, and other community leaders as members of the council. The Guidelines also deal with organization of the council, its staffing, financing, and meetings; with evaluation of the community's current