OEMSA Membership

How to Become a Member of OEMSA

"Active" membership is available only to currently certified or licensed Oregon EMS responders who provide prehospital EMS and/or ambulance transport in Oregon. (EMRs, EMTs, Advanced, Intermediate, Paramedics, RNs, PAs, and Physicians).         




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                                 OEMSA Membership Benefits include: 

     Starting 1 July 2013, OEMSA membership includes the following benefits for only $49!


Below is a list of benefits you get with OEMSA/NAEMT membership. Please be aware that the list does change as new benefits are added or items are deleted.  Updates will be posted.


All current OEMSA provided services described above (T-shirt not included) - $20 value
NAEMT Membership (NAEMT represents us at the federal/national level) - $40 value
FREE - subscription to EMS World Magazine - $30 value
FREE - subscription to Mobile Integrated Healthcare Magazine - $30 value
FREE - two online CE credits from CentreLearn - $20 value
FREE - Two online CE credits and 15% discount from Medic-CE - $20 value
FREE - ICEdot premium membership for one year - $10 value
$10,000 in AD&D insurance coverage and discounts on other insurance at members-only prices
NAEMT Platinum Plus Mastercard with WorldPoints rewards.
$125 registration discount for EMS World Expo (Las Vegas, Sept. 2015) - $125 value
10% off and $150 back on The College Network courses - $150 value
30% off Health Care Provider CPR Interactive CE program / Jones & Bartlett Learning - $7 value
30% off eACLS online CE program from Jones & Bartlett Learning - $ 40 value
30% discount on STEMI Recognition course from Apex Innovations - $ 14 value
A voucher worth up to $15 towards an NAEMT continuing education course (PHTLS, AMLS, Safety, TCC, EPC) - $ 15 value
A significant members-only discount on select 5.11 Tactical, Inc.™ merchandise
60% off Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Journal - $145 value
More than 50% off JEMS Magazine - $ 22 value
More than 20% off EMS Insider Newsletter - $ 45 value
More than 15% off FireRescue Magazine - $ 6 value
20% off SkyScape EMS mobile apps - $ 5-15 value
10% off the best available rate nationwide at La Quinta® Inns and Suites
Members-only package on MedicAlert® emergency medical information and identification services

 That’s over $700 worth of value for only $49!      What are you waiting for???


(Updated: 1 August 2014)


Section I: Name of this association shall be the Oregon Emergency Medical Services Association (OEMSA), formally known as the Oregon State Paramedic Association (OSPA).

Section II: Mission: “To promote excellence in the delivery of prehospital emergency medical services   

Section III: The Goals and Objectives of the Association shall be to encourage and support: 

Communication: Improve communication between EMS personnel, related regulatory agencies, and the communities we serve.

    Education: Educational advancement of EMS providers in prehospital care services.

    Advocacy: Advocate for EMS providers and improved patient care through research, public education, and initiation of local, state and national activities and legislative actions. No endorsement shall be made of any candidate for any office.

Section IV: State and Federal Recognition

A. The association shall be registered as an Oregon non-profit Mutual Benefit with Members Corporation, and follow the laws of the state of Oregon.

B. The association shall file for and maintain recognition of exemption from federal income tax under the provisions of IRS Code section 501(c)(6), and shall follow the rules and limitations of such Section.


Section I: General

A. Membership is voluntary and available to any qualified individual or agency interested in supporting the purpose of OEMSA.

B. Dues, privileges, and obligations may differ with the various types of OEMSA membership.  

Section II: Membership Types, Qualifications, Privileges & Obligations.

A. Active membership is open to individuals currently meeting the legal requirements (ORS 682) to provide prehospital care and/or ambulance transportation (OAR 333-265) to patients in Oregon, and shall in addition to those privileges awarded Associate members, have the additional privileges and obligations as follows

    1. Use of the OEMSA website,

    2. The rights of initiative,

    3. The rights of referendum and recall,

    4. The opportunity to serve as any elected or appointed officer, or Executive Committee member,

    5. Voting in all elections of officers and representatives,

    6. Voting on all matters referred to the membership,

    7. Must be a member in good standing (current in dues and an Active member for a minimum of 45 days before any election or vote).

B. Associate membership may include any interested party who may provide valuable assistance or distinguished service to the OEMSA, and shall have privileges and obligations as follows: 

    1. Receive economic, educational, and professional benefits as selected and approved by the Executive Committee,

    2. Receive regular OEMSA communications,

    3. Remain informed of the goals and activities of the OEMSA

    4. Support the general purpose of the OEMSA,

    5. Pay dues promptly.

C. Agency Membership is open to any ambulance service, hospital, fire protection service, rescue service or other agency that utilizes EMS responders to provide pre-hospital emergency medical services within the state of Oregon. Agency Membership shall have privileges and obligations as follows: 

    1. Each Agency will be recognized as a supporter of OEMSA on the OEMSA web site.

    2. Each agency will receive all news updates and correspondence sent to members.  

    3. Agency members listed under the Agency Membership application roster will be considered Active members with all privileges and obligations of that membership.

    4. Agency agrees to send to OEMSA the Name, Address, Phone Number, and E-Mail address of each employee covered under the Agency Membership.

    5. Agency Membership payable by Check or Credit Card only

D. NAEMT Membership: As a supporter and affiliate the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), the OEMSA Executive Committee may enter into an agreement with NAEMT to implement a joint OEMSA-NAEMT membership package requirement for Active membership.

E. Student Membership is available to any student currently enrolled in an Oregon Emergency Medical Services Provider (EMSP) course at any level.  Rights and privileges are the same as Associate Membership except for dues. 

Section III: Membership Year: A membership year shall be one calendar year in length and shall start on the 1st day of the month following the date of application received. 

Section IV: Dues Structure 

A. Annual dues are listed in Attachment A of these By-laws and are set by the Executive Committee.

B. Annual dues shall be waived for Executive and Advisory Committee members while in office. 

C. Annual dues may be waved by the Executive Committee for Active members appointed to State level Committees and Advisory Boards.

ARTICLE III: INCOME No part of the income shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributed to, Association members, officers, trustees, or other private persons, except that the Association shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and make payments and distribution in furtherance or the purposes set forth in Article I. 


Section I: Executive Committee (EC) is the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. 

A. The President shall be the Chair of the EC and shall act as representative of this Association at meetings and in all matters of Association business. In case of inability of the President to attend, an alternate will be appointed by the President. 

B. The Vice President shall assume the duties of the President in the absence of the President and shall also assume other duties as assigned by the EC.

C. The Secretary shall be accountable for record keeping, reporting of meetings of the OEMSA and mailings and communication to the general membership.

D. The Treasurer shall be accountable for the fiscal affairs of the OEMSA and shall provide reports and analysis of OEMSA’s financial condition to the EC and the membership.  Expenditures of more than $100 must be approved by the President or EC, with the check signed by the Treasurer, and reported to the EC at the next EC meeting in the Treasurer's report, per Article XI, Sec. II. 

Section II: Eligibility and Term

A. To be eligible to run for Executive office, the candidate must have been an OEMSA member for at least two years

B. The term of office for association Executive officers shall be two years. One-half of the Officers shall be elected on alternate years. Those Executive Officers elected at the first annual meeting shall determine by lot which Officer’s initial term shall be for one or two years.    

Section III: Duties

A. Officers shall perform the duties usually performed by such officers, together with such duties as shall be prescribed herein, to include due consideration for all OEMSA members and their ideas.

B. President may refer to the General membership resolutions of the Executive Committee for ratification by the membership. The President may set the time of elections. 

Section IV: Replacement

If for any reason an officer cannot complete his/her term in office, the Executive Committee may appoint a temporary officer in the interim prior to an election. 


Section I: Membership 

The Advisory Council shall consist of an Association Officer (President or Vice President) and two Active members representing each of the following membership groups: BLS responders (EMR, EMT), ILS responders (AEMS, EMTI), and ALS Responders (Paramedic, RN, PA, physician (per ORS 677); a total of 7 members.

Section II: Election of Non-Officer Advisory Council Members

A. Non-Officer Council members shall be voted in by a simple majority of votes cast by Active members for whom the Non-Officer Council member is representing.

B. The term for Non-Officer Council members shall be two years. Council members are allowed two (2) consecutive terms. One-half of the Council members shall be elected on alternate years. Those Council members elected at the first annual meeting shall determine by lot which Council members initial term shall be for one or two years. 

C. Non-Officer Council member elections will take place at the end of each term.  

Section III: Duties

A. Non-Officer Advisory Council members shall represent their membership groups. 

B. Shall perform those duties as prescribed by the President.


Section I: All members shall be subject to reprimand, censure, suspension or expulsion by the Executive Committee for serious violations of the Bylaws of the OEMSA. No such action shall be taken against a member until such member shall have been served with written specific charges, given a reasonable time to prepare any defense, and afforded a full and fair hearing. The member may, within thirty (30) days after notification of such action, request the Executive Committee of the Association to review any question of law or procedure involved therein. 

Section II: Members suspended or expelled under the provisions of this article shall be eligible for reinstatement upon application approved by a majority vote of the Executive Committee. 


The fiscal year of this Association, as per Federal IRS filings, shall be September 1 to August 31.


Section I: Conduct of Elections 

A.  Voting shall be by secret ballot.

B.  All voting will be by a method agreed upon by the Executive Committee (mail, e-mail, etc.).

C.  Candidates must achieve a simple majority of votes received before midnight of the day the elections are held.

D. There shall be no proxy votes.

Section II: Executive Committee and Advisory Council Nominations 

A. OEMSA shall request names of candidates for executive offices and Advisory Council positions.

B. Nominees must consent to serve if elected and must meet qualifications established pertaining to the position in which they wish to serve.

C. If elected member’s qualifications change during their term (i.e., change in EMSP level status), the President may appoint a member with the proper qualifications to temporarily fill that position until the next scheduled elections.

D. Members shall be eligible to serve in only one elected office of the OEMSA at any one time unless there are no other candidates for the necessary office.

Section III: Recalls 

A. Recalls require a minimum of 20% of Active Members signatures of support to bring forward for a vote of the voting membership.

B. Recalls elections will be conducted under the same requirements as Section I of this Article.

C. Only one recall election is allowed per position per year.


Section I: Committee Adoption and Duties 

A.  All committees, except for the Executive Committee, will be appointed by the President and shall serve until their respective successors are selected. Committees shall consist of no fewer than three persons.

B.  The unexcused absence of a committee member from three consecutive meetings of a committee in a year may constitute a resignation at the discretion of the committee and the vacancy shall be filled with an appointee selected by the Executive Committee.


Section I: Quorum required for Association business

A.    At least two Officers, three non-officer Advisory Council members, and any three OEMSA Active members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at the annual meeting of this Association. 

B.    At least three Officers shall constitute a quorum at Executive Committee meetings.

C.    A majority of the members of any committee shall constitute a quorum.


Section I: Association meetings may be conducted by in-person, teleconference or Internet.

Section II: OEMSA shall hold an annual meeting at such time and place as shall be determined by the Executive Committee. At least one month prior to the meeting, official notice of the meeting shall be sent to each member. 

Section III: The order of business at each annual meeting shall he fixed at the beginning of the meeting and shall include: 

A. Address of the President

B. Reports of the Officers 

C. Reports of Councils and Committees

D. Reports on Elections 

Section IV: The Executive Committee shall meet at least four times a year to conduct regular business, review expenditures, and evaluate and report activities to members.

Section V: Special meetings may be called by the Executive Committee with 24 hours notice provided that a reasonable attempt to alert the officers is made.  


The rules contained in Robert’s Rules of Order (Revised) shall govern this Association in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these Bylaws.    


Section I: Referendums to these Bylaws require a minimum of 10% of Active Members signatures of support to bring forward for a vote of the voting membership, 

Section II: Bylaws may be amended by the Executive Committee or by a two-thirds vote of the membership eligible to vote. 

Section III: All proposed amendments shall be provided to any member upon request. 


Section I: Circumstances for dissolution: 

A. Formal vote by 75% of Active members calling for Association dissolution. 

B. No formal activity, meetings, etc., for two consecutive years. 

C. No current Membership or current officers. 

Section II: Upon the dissolution of the Association, the Executive Committee shall, after paying or making provisions for the payment of all the liabilities of the Association, dispose of all of the assets of the Association exclusively or the purposes of the Association in such manner, first to any non-profit and similar group involved in emergency medical services, then to such organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational or scientific purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations under Section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue Law.

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Attachment - A: OEMSA Membership Dues

Date: 14 October 2010

Active Membership:          FREE  (Dues temporarily stopped).

Associate Membership:    $25

Agency Membership:        Being established

Student Membership:        Free, must submit copy of class registration


Date:  Starting 1 July 2013

Active Membership:          $50 (OEMSA-NAEMT Best Value/Combined membership)

Associate Membership:    $25

Agency Membership:        Being established

Student Membership:        Free, must submit copy of class registration


Date:  Starting 15 October 2013

Active Membership:          $49 (OEMSA-NAEMT Best Value/Combined membership)

Associate Membership:    $25

Agency Membership:        Being established

Student Membership:        Free, must submit copy of class registration





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