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EMS4302 Unit II Assessment Responsibilities of board members can include hiring, evaluating, and if necessary, firing the health commissioner; overseeing fiscal and performance accountability; and establishing health policies. Even though some of these responsibilities relate to health departments, discuss how they relate to EMS agencies. Describe how EMS could be affected by the decisions of a board based on these responsibilities. Your response must be at least 200 words in length. Although roles of boards vary by state, EMS could be affected by the decisions of a board because the board has the right to enact rules and regulations. More importantly, the board has the power to set the direction of an organization, mission, and strategic vision. All of this must be done while remaining loyal to the board’s fiduciary duties to the community. If the board does not act in a responsible way it is possible that the needs of the communities will not be met. In addition, the boards are responsible for creating policies and direction for education that is being taught in schools. If the EMS board does not address current healthcare needs, it is possible that the public is at risk for declined healthcare due to out of date practices. It is the responsibility of the board to make sure that all resources are acceptable and managed effectively. Local protocols, logistics, operation during disasters, within hospitals, and the allocation of grant money are all a part of the responsibilities board members hold. Some areas that could be potentially affected by poor choices of board members are pre-hospital care, daily operations of
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