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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.
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:
Some of the duties of the members of the E.M.S. Division include: