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Emergency Medical Services Resources Types

FEMA’s National Integration Center is seeking public feedback on four National Incident Management System resource typing definitions under the emergency medical services core capability:

  • Emergency Medical Responder
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Emergency Medical Technician - Advanced
  • Paramedic

NIMS is a key component of U.S. incident management efforts and enables organizations from across the country to work together during incidents of all kinds and sizes. Implementing NIMS across the nation is a fundamental part of building our national preparedness. NIMS resource typing definitions define minimum qualifications and capabilities for personnel and their equipment within their assigned teams to manage all threats and hazards, regardless of the incident’s cause or size.

To provide comments on the draft, complete the feedback form and submit the form to fema-nims@fema.dhs.gov no later than 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

Emergency Medical Responder

The Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) is an out-of-hospital practitioner whose primary focus is to initiate immediate lifesaving care to patients while ensuring patient access to the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system

Emergency Medical Technician

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is a health professional whose primary focus is to respond to, assess, and triage emergent, urgent, and nonurgent requests for medical care and apply basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and medical transportation to and from an emergency or healthcare facility.

Emergency Medical Technician - Advanced

The Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) is a health professional whose primary focus is to respond to, assess, and triage emergent, urgent, and nonurgent requests for medical care; apply basic and focused advanced knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and medical transportation; and facilitate access to a higher level of care when the patient's needs exceed the capability level of the AEMT

Paramedic

The Paramedic is a health professional whose primary focus is to respond to, assess, and triage emergent, urgent, and nonurgent requests for medical care; apply basic and advanced knowledge and skills necessary to determine patient physiological, psychological, and psychosocial needs; administer medications; interpret and use diagnostic findings to implement treatment; provide complex patient care; and facilitate referrals or access to a higher level of care when the patient's needs exceed the capability level of the Paramedic.

Emergency Medical Services Resources Types Feedback Form

Last updated September 15, 2020