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About Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

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Emergency Medical Services, more commonly known as EMS, is a system that provides emergency medical care to Hoosiers more than 2,000 times per day. Once it is activated by an incident that causes serious illness or injury, the focus of EMS is emergency medical care of the patient. EMS is most easily recognized when emergency vehicles or helicopters are seen responding to incidents, but EMS is much more than a ride to the hospital. It is a system of coordinated response and emergency medical care, involving multiple people and agencies. The Indiana EMS system is ready every day for every kind of emergency. With more than 800 provider agencies, operating more than 2,000 emergency ambulances, by more than 24,000 emergency medical personnel, EMS is the frontline of our health care system safety net and stands proudly at the intersection of health care, public health and public safety.

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EMS District Managers (click for contacts)

EMS personnel earn certifications at different levels: emergency medical responder (EMR), emergency medical technician (EMT), advanced EMT (AEMT) and paramedic. These certifications prepare and authorize them to perform specific types of medical care, which are listed in the EMS scope of practice.

State legislation in recent years has paved the way for an innovative patient-centered model of care called Mobile Integrated Health (MIH), also known as community paramedicine. Learn more about MIH in Indiana as the field of EMS continues to change.

EMS District Managers

EMS district managers are assigned to IDHS districts and are resources and liaisons for EMS information for individuals and organizations. They address questions about EMS operations and rules, the ImageTrend data system and complaints and investigations. District managers handle provider organization certifications and serve as points of contact on questions for individual certifications.

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EMS District Managers (click for contacts)

News/Updates

Online Training Available


    Find these courses on the Acadis Portal.

    • Ambulance CSR Discussion with Board of Pharmacy
      • Quick overview and then question-answering session with the staff for the Board of Pharmacy regarding the new ambulance CSR.
    • PI Workgroup (Feb. 4, 2022)
      • This meeting had updates for primary instructors and included both EMS Commission changes to EMT curriculum and upcoming new IDHS EMS webforms.
    • CSR Ambulance Rule Overview
      • Covers the new controlled substances registration process for EMS, along with best practices.

Online Training Available


    Find these courses on the Acadis Portal.

    • Ambulance CSR Discussion with Board of Pharmacy
      • Quick overview and then question-answering session with the staff for the Board of Pharmacy regarding the new ambulance CSR.
    • PI Workgroup (Feb. 4, 2022)
      • This meeting had updates for primary instructors and included both EMS Commission changes to EMT curriculum and upcoming new IDHS EMS webforms.
    • CSR Ambulance Rule Overview
      • Covers the new controlled substances registration process for EMS, along with best practices.

Recent News

Governor's Public Health Commission and EMS

The Governor's Public Health Commission released its report in August 2022, with recommendations for six different facets of public health, including EMS. Some of the report's information and statistics about EMS have been shaped into an Emergency Preparedness one-page flyer. View the Emergency Preparedness flyer

FY23 Naloxone Grant Available to Rural First Responder Agencies

The Indiana Department of Health is accepting applications for intranasal naloxone for first responders in rural counties. Learn more and apply

Training Grant Opportunity for Fire Departments and EMS Providers

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development offers the Employer Training Grant, which allows employers in a high-demand business sector to be reimbursed up to $5,000 for each newly trained current or new full-time employee, and up to $1,000 for high school students. Paramedics/EMTs and firefighters are on the list of eligible occupations. Learn more and apply

Recent Updates

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Services

EMS Commission

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The EMS Commission is responsible for the establishment and maintenance of an effective system of emergency medical services. This includes the necessary equipment, personnel and facilities to ensure that all emergency patients receive prompt and adequate medical care throughout the range of emergency conditions encountered. The commission has also established the Mobile Integrated Health Advisory Committee. Visit the EMS Commission page for more information, including instructions on submitting a waiver and recent meeting minutes.

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