EMS Agencies Need to Know Safe Pediatric Transport Guidelines

According to the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO), over 6,000 ambulance crashes occur annually in the United States. It is not a matter of if an accident will occur, but when it will occur.

Many EMS agencies are unaware NASEMSO has developed important safe pediatric transport guidelines. One of these being the availability of dedicated restraint systems that cover a weight range of 5-99 pounds for all ambulances that transport pediatric patients.

During her nearly 30 years with at the State of West Virginia – 13 years with the Office of Emergency Medical Services, Vicki Hildreth, BA, NREMT, served in many ways.  This included 10 years as the EMS for Children Program Coordinator.  She fully understands the critical need of protecting pediatric patients in the back of an ambulance.

Since retiring, Vicki has founded Emergency Care Advocacy and Safe Transport, where she’s been focusing on these specific goals:

  • Being a voice for pediatric patients.
  • Ensuring EMS agencies are informed regarding safe and secure pediatric transport.
  • Advocating for EMS pediatric patient transport standards in the United States.


Vicki Hildreth CEO ECA Safe Transport
Vicki Hildreth, CEO of ECA Safe Transport, LLC

Vicki Hildreth, CEO

As the CEO of ECA Safe Transport and an expert pediatric advocate, Vicki is making herself available to select agencies at no-cost to assist with guidance regarding the safe transport of the pediatric population in your community.

If you are interested in guidance, please complete the online request for assistance questionnaire with your basic agency information and you will be contacted within 24 hours.

"Having served as both a field provider and State EMS official, I understand the financial challenges EMS agencies face."