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Rural and Community Health Systems:

Health Emergency Response Operations, EMS, and Trauma
Dept of Health & Social Services
Division of Public Health
P.O. Box 110616
Juneau, AK 99811-0616

About Alaska Emergency Medical Services


The mission of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program in Alaska is to reduce both the human suffering and economic loss to society resulting from premature death and disability due to injuries and sudden illness.

The EMS Program engages in myriad activities to ensure that qualified and properly equipped emergency medical services personnel are available to respond to the emergency medical needs of Alaska's citizens and visitors. Some of the activities include:

  • Certifying emergency medical technicians, emergency medical services instructors, emergency medical dispatchers, and ground and air ambulance services;
  • Reviewing and approving Emergency Trauma Technician, Emergency Medical Technician, and Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic courses in Alaska;
  • Administering federal grants;
  • Providing training and technical expertise to local EMS agencies.

Assisting the department's Section of Emergency Programs: Preparedness, EMS, and Trauma in these activities are seven Regional EMS Programs (three non-profit EMS councils, three programs based in regional health corporations, and one program residing in a borough-wide fire department) and the Governor's Alaska Council on Emergency Medical Services. Working together, these groups can rapidly assess problems and, when provided the appropriate resources, they can affect change quickly and efficiently.