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Emergency Medical Services

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) provides training, research and outreach to help keep emergency medical services (EMS) personnel and their patients safe and help prepare fire departments for special EMS operations.

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EMS Week Is May 15‑21

Resources for EMS providers, including health and safety publications and training opportunities.

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Get your answers to frequently asked questions about funding and read the latest guidance on planning, response, infection control and behavioral health.

NEW Vaccine information for EMS clinicians

Training opportunities

Train with the best to be the best! National Fire Academy classroom and distance learning courses cover supervisory management practices, incident command for medium to large patient incidents, and management and planning of specialized EMS operations.

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Emergency Medical Services: Incident Operations (R0147)

Acquire the skills you need to manage medium to large incidents involving multiple sick or injured patients.

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This course should be required for all front-line EMS supervisors who would find themselves in the role of medical command of a major incident.

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New prehospital pain management guidelines for first responders

Updated methods for prehospital administration of many analgesics commonly used to treat pain — including fentanyl and other opioids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, acetaminophen, and ketamine — have been recommended by the the National Association of State EMS Officials.

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Social media outreach

Post these cards on your social channels and include your own content to reinforce the messages.


Use these pictographs to communicate 911 and first aid messages to high-risk populations.


EMS Safety Practices

Create a safety culture within the EMS department

Learn how to develop a safety program that covers all aspects of EMS operations.

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Emergency Services Ergonomics and Wellness

Make the EMS work environment safer and more productive for the worker

These corrective measures will help to increase the safety of emergency responders, reduce the costs of worker's compensation claims, maximize the longevity of emergency service careers, and assist with sending personnel into healthy retirements.

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Alive on Arrival: Tips for Safe Emergency Vehicle Operations

Arrive safely to an incident scene

Information on the basics of emergency vehicle and roadway operations safety, including the roles of drivers, passengers and the officer in charge.

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Operational Templates and Guidance for EMS Mass Incident Deployment

Prepare for mass care incidents

This guide will help you to prepare and develop response policies for mass care incidents like natural disasters, pandemics and other emergencies.

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Handbook for EMS Medical Directors

Learn about being an EMS medical director

We've created an overview of key roles and responsibilities to assist current and prospective medical directors in performing their important duties.

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Mitigation of Occupational Violence to Firefighters and EMS Responders

Protect yourself from occupational violence

Best practices for preventing and mitigating violence against firefighters and EMS responders.

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Safety and Health Considerations for the Design of Fire and EMS Stations

Design safe and healthy stations

If you are a fire department leader, architect or local government official, this guide will assist you in your efforts to design a safe, healthy and functional facility.

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Emergency Vehicle Safety Initiative

Stay safe in your vehicle and on the roadway

Best practices and recommendations for safer emergency vehicle and roadway incident response.

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EMS reference materials

Get a head start on your EMS research project with these reference materials from the National Emergency Training Center Library.

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Clinical Cases in Paramedicine

The book brings together a diverse range of case studies that accurately represent the caseload experienced by contemporary paramedics all in one place. Interactive learning activities allow students to stop and think about what is going on, and the questions throughout the cases provide students with additional learning opportunities.

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Help victims of human trafficking

Victims of human trafficking might look like many of the people you help as a member of the fire and emergency services—and in some cases, they are. Use and share these resources to learn about the crime and how to be prepared to help prevent human trafficking and treat victims.

Download or order printable reference materials

You can download or order free materials available in several languages from the Department of Homeland Security that:

  • Explain human trafficking.
  • Detail the classical presentations found in trafficking victims.
  • List several common indicators of trafficking.
  • Provide information on how to report suspected trafficking.

Visit the Blue Campaign Resource Catalog to order or download materials to share with fellow first responders.

Report suspicious activity! If you see signs of human trafficking, report it to law enforcement online, or call 866-347-2423.

Current Events and Issues

Training helps EMS workers identify human trafficking signs

One of the most effective ways to counter and prevent human trafficking is through the training of health and public safety workers. Training helps workers to correctly recognize and react to signs of human trafficking when interacting with the public.

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