Visit the Indiana State Department of Health COVID-19 webpage for ongoing updates and guidance in Indiana. The following pages offer news and resources on preparing for COVID-19.
About Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
Emergency Medical Services, more commonly known as EMS, is a system that provides emergency medical care to Hoosiers more than 2,000 times per day. Once it is activated by an incident that causes serious illness or injury, the focus of EMS is emergency medical care of the patient(s). EMS is most easily recognized when emergency vehicles or helicopters are seen responding to emergency incidents. But EMS is much more than a ride to the hospital. It is a system of coordinated response and emergency medical care, involving multiple people and agencies. Our Indiana EMS system is ready every day for every kind of emergency. With more than 800 provider agencies, operating more than 2,000 emergency ambulances, by more than 24,000 Emergency Medical Personnel, EMS is the frontline of our healthcare system safety net and stands proudly at the intersection of healthcare, public health and public safety.
The EMS section has put together the COVID-19 EMS Manual as a reference document for the large amount of COVID-19 information that has been released.
Questions on EMS and COVID-19
Questions about how COVID-19 affects EMS operations, certifications or training should be directed to email@example.com.
Former EMS Personnel and Executive Order 20-19
The governor’s Executive Order 20-19 addresses EMS needs during the COVID-19 public health emergency. More information on next steps is available on the IDHS document "Governor's Executive Order 20-19 Overview." Retired EMS personnel who want to help with COVID-19 efforts should register on ISDH’s Healthcare Reserve Workforce Licensed Professionals Survey. If EMS-specific resources are needed, then the EMS section will be looking at those registered through the ISDH survey first.
EMS No Longer Accepting Walk-Ins
The EMS section has moved to by-appointment-only for EMS certifications (no walk-ins). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 317-232-2222 to set up an appointment.
Note: The Indiana Government Center-South building is still closed. Notice will be given when public access is reallowed.
- National EMS Week: May 17–23
- Governor announces $1 million for distributing naloxone (5/18/20)
- 2020 Legislative Update (5/18/20)
- Continuing education signature guidelines (5/18/20)
- Non-Rule Policies (5/18/20)
- EMS Commission honorary recognition guidelines (5/18/20)
- EMS Commission May 14 meeting overview (5/18/20)
- N95 Battelle Decontamination System (5/11/20)
The EMS Commission is responsible for the establishment and maintenance of an effective system of emergency medical services. This includes the necessary equipment, personnel and facilities to ensure that all emergency patients receive prompt and adequate medical care throughout the range of emergency conditions encountered. Visit the EMS Commission for more information, including instructions on submitting a waiver and recent meeting minutes.