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EMS Response Agencies Certifications Expire on 31 December 2015
When the latest edition of the regulations were released in December of 2013, all EMS Response Agencies were required to certify with the Department of Health every two years. For 2013 through 31 December 2015, all EMS Response Agencies that had obtained a Certificate of Need (CON) were 'grandfathered' as certified EMS Agencies. That two-year grandfather period expires on 31 December 2015. Agencies who do not submit a Self-Assessment Certification Application prior to that date will no longer be authorized to operate as an EMS Response Agency within the District of Columbia
The Self-Assessment Application can be found on the EMS Agency Certification page at http://doh.dc.gov/service/ems-agency-certification.
The EMS Division at the DC Department of Health
The Emergency Medical Services (E.M.S) Division is the regulatory oversight authority for all E.M.S activities in the District of Columbia. The E.M.S Division is located within the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Administration (HEPRA) of the DC Department of Health.
Check the Status of a District of Columbia EMS Provider Certification
The EMS Division of the Department of Health maintains a list of individuals who have gained and maintained status as a District Certified Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced EMT, EMT-Intermediate, and/or Paramedic. To determine if an individual possesses a District certification, you can choose to search by last name or District certification number.
Note: Search results will return a list of names of individuals who possess District certification at one of the levels indicated above. Individuals using the search page should verify the search results and the current certification status by contacting the EMS Office at (202) 671-4222 or (202) 671-0690 for confirmation.
On December 6, 2013 the latest update of the E.M.S. regulations was published in the D.C. register. The regulations can be accessed through the "Laws, Regulations and Policies" page.
The mission of the Emergency Medical Services Division is to encourage, foster, and promote the continued development of an optimal system of emergency medical and trauma care that provides the best possible patient outcome. The E.M.S. Division is responsible for the certification of all emergency medical service providers in the District of Columbia. We are charged with the regulatory oversight of the E.M.S. Educational Institutions and the E.M.S. Response Organizations. The Department of Health does not provide E.M.T. training. We certify the educational institutions that provide E.M.T. training in the District.
The E.M.S. Division runs the District’s Comfort Care Order/Do Not Resuscitate program and works with the Emergency Medical Services for Children program. It is our responsibility and our duty to recognize, research and recommend solutions to all problems and issues that could hinder providing the best possible pre-hospital service to the citizens and visitors of the District.
We strive to be an E.M.S. system acknowledged as a leader for providing the highest quality patient care. We will do this by:
- promoting excellence through district-wide regulation, and promoting healthy communities;
- providing value-added information for emergency preparedness, public health, E.M.S. research and strategic governance; and
- managing knowledge to improve public health in the nation’s capital.
Some of the duties of the members of the E.M.S. Division include:
- Certify and inspect ambulances for proper equipment and drug control.
- Certify and inspect ambulance organizations for proper medical direction and protocols.
- Reviewing curriculum materials and course outlines for training sites and continuing education units.
- Monitoring the emergency medical service providers’ skills and knowledge through the use of the National Registry cognitive and practical skills examinations.
- Providing technical assistance to hospitals, emergency medical service providers, local government agencies and others interested in emergency care.
Developing and monitoring a District-wide Trauma System.