EMS Preparedness

Field EMS: Saving Lives in Disaster and Mass Casualty Response

EMS systems and providers are an integral component of each state’s emergency response system and are also a critical element of our nation’s disaster and mass casualty response infrastructure. The vital role played by EMS in the Boston Marathon bombings, Texas fertilizer plant explosion, Hurricane Sandy, and the Aurora and Tucson shootings, illustrates the significance of EMS in saving lives in the worst of circumstances.

Field EMS: An Essential Public Function

All levels of government share a responsibility to ensure quality and effective emergency medical preparedness and response for everyday and catastrophic events. Local governments are responsible for ensuring the availability and provision of everyday life-saving field EMS – either directly, or on a contractual or volunteer basis. 

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