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EMS Organizations

The organizations listed below will provide you with an introduction to some of the institutions that impact EMS around the country.

Note: This list does not cover all EMS organizations. A more complete list of EMS resources is provided at Emergency Services WWW Site List.

Follow the links below to learn more about EMS.

American Ambulance Association


"To promote health care policies that ensure excellence in the ambulance services industry and provide research, education and communications programs to enable its members to effectively address the needs of the communities they serve."

American College of Emergency Physicians


“The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) exists to support quality emergency medical care, and to promote the interests of emergency physicians.”

Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services


“The Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services was established to encourage and promote quality patient care in America's medical transportation system. Based initially on the efforts of the American Ambulance Association, the independent Commission established a comprehensive series of standards for the ambulance service industry.”

Emergency Medical Services for Children


“EMSC is a national initiative designed to reduce child and youth disability and death due to severe illness and injury. Medical personnel, parents and volunteers, community groups and businesses, and national organizations and foundations all contribute to the effort. A federal grant program supports state and local action.”

International Fire Chiefs Association


"To provide leadership to career and volunteer chiefs, chief fire officers and managers of emergency service organizations throughout the international community through vision, information, education, services and representation to enhance their professionalism and capabilities."

National Association of EMS Educators


“The mission of the National Association of EMS Educators is to promote EMS Education, develop and deliver educational resources, and advocate research and life long learning.”

National Association of EMS Physicians


“The National Association of EMS Physicians is an organization of physicians and other professionals who provide leadership and foster excellence in out-of-hospital emergency medical services.”

National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians


“The mission of National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, Inc. is to assure a professional representative organization to receive and represent the views and opinions of pre-hospital care personnel and to thus influence the future advancement of EMS as an allied health profession. NAEMT will serve it's professional membership through educational programs, liaison activities, development of national standards and reciprocity and the development of programs to benefit pre-hospital care personnel.”

National Association of Search and Rescue


“The National Association for Search and Rescue, Inc., (NASAR) is a not-for-profit membership association dedicated to advancing professional, literary, and scientific knowledge in fields related to search and rescue. NASAR is comprised of thousands of paid and non-paid professionals interested in all aspects of search and rescue - the humanitarian cause of saving lives - throughout the United States and around the world....that others may live."

National Association of State EMS Directors


“The National Association of State EMS Directors is the lead national organization for EMS, a respected voice for national EMS policy with comprehensive concern and commitment for the development of effective, integrated, community-based, universal and consistent EMS systems.”

National Council of State EMS Training Coordinators


“The purpose of the Council shall be to promote the training of Emergency Medical Services personnel based on sound educational principles, current medical knowledge and practice. The Council will seek the standardization of nationwide training curricula; certification/recertification policies and procedures; the reciprocity of certification from state to state; and the public recognition and trust of prehospital EMS personnel health care providers.”

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation


“NHTSA is responsible for reducing deaths, injuries and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes. This is accomplished by setting and enforcing safety performance standards for motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment, and through grants to state and local governments to enable them to conduct effective local highway safety programs.”

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, EMS Division


“The goal of NHTSA's EMS Division is to develop/enhance comprehensive emergency medical service systems to care for the injured patients involved in motor vehicle crashes. We are proud of the fact that improving EMS systems for the highway crash patients has a positive effect on all patients.”

National Native American EMS Association


"The NNAEMSA is the only national organization that specifically serves supports and represents approximately 70 individual Native American Emergency Medical Service programs. These 70 EMS programs Provide pre-hospital care to over half a million Native American people who live on reservations or in non-reservation area (such as Oklahoma and Alaska).

National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians


“To certify and register Emergency Medical Services Professionals throughout their careers by a valid and uniform process that assesses the knowledge and skills for competent practice. The NREMT certifies individuals by issuing a certification. The NREMT does not issue a license or permit to work. EMTs must have a state license or state certification to work. The NREMT then places the name of those who are registered into a “Registry” or list of those who are certified according to the standards and processes established by the NREMT Board of Directors. Certification by the NREMT is based upon meeting the NREMT entry requirements, completing an application process, passing the written and practical examinations, paying the application fee and meeting the reregistration requirements.”