Emergency Medical Services
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.
NEW - 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 newest version of the E.M.S. regulations was published in the D.C. register. This is the first major update to the E.M.S. regulations in over 30 years. The new 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.