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ACEMS was established in the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) by Alaska Statute (AS) 18.08.020. The purpose of the council is to advise the Commissioner and Governor with regard to the planning and implementation of a statewide EMS system. ACEMS provides recommendations related to all aspects of EMS, including distribution of funding, and policy development to the DHSS Commissioner and expert input on EMS systems to DHSS staff.

Upcoming ACEMS Meetings

The Alaska Council of EMS (ACEMS) will be meeting to discuss improvements and changes to the system in regards to training, certification, and testing in Alaska. Call in 1-800-944-8766, Participant Code 83001#.

  • May 1, 2020, 9 am Teleconference 
  • August 7, 2020, 9 am Teleconference
  • November 6, 2020, 9 am Teleconference

Contact the Office of EMS with questions.


The 2020 EMS Awards deadline is July 31st! Submit your nomination ONLINE. All nominations submitted after this date will be considered for the 2021 EMS Awards.



ACEMS shall support and strengthen the existing system of emergency medical services and promote the full integration of EMS into the larger system of healthcare delivery.


EMS shall be recognized as an essential public function intersecting public health, public safety, and healthcare.  The work of the Council shall ensure access to timely, affordable and high-quality pre-hospital emergency care services.


Working together to improve Emergency Medical Services throughout Alaska. 

Pillars for Sustainability

  • Communication: within and across stakeholders 
  • Standards and Guidelines: for patient care and responder safety 
  • Equipment and Resources: to optimize patient outcomes
  • Workforce Development: to ensure the availability of quality patient care
  • Financial and Systems Viability: of the EMS system
  • Evaluation: to ensure continual systems improvement


  • Reimbursement and Financing
  • Restoration, Restructuring, and Coordination of Services
  • Recruitment and Retention