EMS at the Federal Level

The Federal Interagency Committee for Emergency Medical Services (FICEMS) was established in 2005 by the reauthorization of the Department of Transportation. Public Law 109-59 (Section 10202), to ensure coordination among federal agencies involved with state, local, tribal and regional emergency medical services and 9-1-1 systems.

The following agencies are represented on FICEMS:

Department of Transportation

Department of Health and Human Services

Department of Homeland Security

Department of Defense

Federal Communications Commission

State EMS Medical Director

Additional federal agencies that support EMS:

Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality
Emergency Medical Services for Children
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Indian Health Service

For more information about the role of federal agencies in supporting EMS, click here.