EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES ASSOCIATION
1 August 2014)
I: NAME AND PURPOSE
Name of this association shall be the Oregon Emergency
Medical Services Association (OEMSA), formally known as
the Oregon State Paramedic Association
promote excellence in the delivery of prehospital
emergency medical services”
The Goals and Objectives of the Association shall be to
encourage and support:
Improve communication between EMS personnel, related
regulatory agencies, and the communities we serve.
Educational advancement of EMS providers in prehospital
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.
State and Federal Recognition
The association shall be registered as an Oregon
non-profit Mutual Benefit with Members Corporation, and
follow the laws of the state of Oregon.
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.
Membership is voluntary and available to any qualified
individual or agency interested in supporting the
purpose of OEMSA.
Dues, privileges, and obligations may differ with the
various types of OEMSA membership.
Membership Types, Qualifications, Privileges &
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
Use of the OEMSA website,
The rights of initiative,
The rights of referendum and recall,
opportunity to serve as any elected or appointed
officer, or Executive Committee member,
Voting in all elections of officers and representatives,
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
may include any interested party who may provide
valuable assistance or distinguished service to the
OEMSA, and shall have privileges and obligations as
1. Receive economic, educational, and
professional benefits as selected and approved by the
Receive regular OEMSA communications,
Remain informed of the goals and activities of the OEMSA
Support the general purpose of the OEMSA,
Pay dues promptly.
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
1. Each Agency will be recognized as a supporter
of OEMSA on the OEMSA web site.
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
agrees to send to OEMSA the Name, Address, Phone Number,
and E-Mail address of each employee covered under the
Agency Membership payable by Check or Credit Card only
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 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.
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.
Annual dues are listed in Attachment A of these By-laws
and are set by the Executive Committee.
Annual dues shall be waived for Executive and Advisory
Committee members while in office.
Annual dues may be waved by the Executive Committee for
Active members appointed to State level Committees and
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.
IV: EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND DUTIES OF OFFICERS
Committee (EC) is the President, Vice President,
Secretary, and Treasurer.
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.
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.
shall be accountable for record keeping, reporting of
meetings of the OEMSA and mailings and communication to
the general membership.
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
To be eligible to run for Executive office, the
candidate must have been an OEMSA member for at least
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
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.
President may refer to the General membership
resolutions of the Executive Committee for ratification
by the membership. The President may set the time of
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.
ARTICLE V: ADVISORY
COUNCIL AND COUNCIL DUTIES
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
Election of Non-Officer Advisory Council Members
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.
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
Non-Officer Council member elections will take place at
the end of each term.
Non-Officer Advisory Council members shall represent
their membership groups.
Shall perform those duties as prescribed by the
VI: DISCIPLINARY ACTION AND RIGHTS OF MEMBERS AND
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
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
VII: FISCAL YEAR:
fiscal year of this Association, as per Federal IRS
filings, shall be September 1 to August 31.
NOMINATIONS and ELECTIONS
Conduct of Elections
Voting shall be by secret ballot.
All voting will be by a method agreed upon by the
Executive Committee (mail, e-mail, etc.).
must achieve a simple majority of votes received before
midnight of the day the elections are held.
There shall be no proxy votes.
Executive Committee and Advisory Council Nominations
OEMSA shall request names of candidates for executive
offices and Advisory Council positions.
Nominees must consent to serve if elected and must meet
qualifications established pertaining to the position in
which they wish to serve.
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
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.
Recalls require a minimum of 20% of Active Members
signatures of support to bring forward for a vote of the
Recalls elections will be conducted under the same
requirements as Section I of this Article.
Only one recall election is allowed per position per
ARTICLE IX: COMMITTEES
Committee Adoption and Duties
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.
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.
ARTICLE X: QUORUM
Quorum required for Association business
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.
least three Officers shall constitute a quorum at
Executive Committee meetings.
majority of the members of any committee shall
constitute a quorum.
ARTICLE XI: MEETINGS
Association meetings may be conducted by in-person,
teleconference or Internet.
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.
The order of business at each annual meeting shall he
fixed at the beginning of the meeting and shall include:
Address of the President
Reports of the Officers
Reports of Councils and Committees
Reports on Elections
The Executive Committee shall meet at least four times a
year to conduct regular business, review expenditures,
and evaluate and report activities to members.
Special meetings may be called by the Executive
Committee with 24 hours notice provided that a
reasonable attempt to alert the officers is made.
XII: PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
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.
ARTICLE XIII: AMENDMENTS
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,
Bylaws may be amended by the Executive Committee or by a
two-thirds vote of the membership eligible to vote.
All proposed amendments shall be provided to any member
Circumstances for dissolution:
Formal vote by 75% of Active members calling for
No formal activity, meetings, etc., for two consecutive
No current Membership or current officers.
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
- A: OEMSA Membership Dues
Date: 14 October 2010
Free, must submit copy of class registration
Best Value/Combined membership)
Free, must submit copy of class registration
Best Value/Combined membership)
Free, must submit copy of class registration