Emergency Medical Services
The following programs can assist in obtaining an ambulance or fire truck for a rural EMS unit:
There are also several commercial websites specializing in EMS equipment. Examples include:
Many municipal and volunteer fire and emergency services departments obtain surplus government property through the Federal Surplus Personal Property Donation Program. To inquire further about this program, contact your State Agency for Surplus Property (SASP).
There are several funding opportunities listed in the RAC EMS Funding section of this topic guide. The Rural Access to Emergency Devices (RAED) Grant Program, from the Office of Rural Health Policy, provides funding to rural communities to purchase automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and to train in their use and maintenance.
Contact your state's EMS office for any available funding. The National Association of State EMS Officials has a listing of these offices.
Check with your state office of rural health. They may be aware of state or regional funding for AEDs.
Several of the organizations and tools listed in this topic guide contain continuing education information. In addition, FEMA provides a comprehensive list of training and education resources available from the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), including course offerings from both the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) and the National Fire Academy (NFA). The NHTSA Office of EMS has developed and revised educational materials and resources for EMS personnel, programs, and systems.
A listing of state EMS contacts is available from the National Association of State EMS Officials.
There are two programs specific to this task:
The local acute care facilities often play an important role in engaging local EMS agencies in issues surrounding trauma care. Often the EMS agency’s medical director is affiliated with the local facility. This provides a natural bridge between the two agencies on issues of triage protocols, trauma team activation and quality improvement activities. It is, sometimes, helpful to engage in a specific community planning process that sets out to use existing EMS resources more effectively through horizontal integration at the community level. A planning process and associated materials are found in Community-Based Needs Assessment: Assisting Communities in Building a Stronger EMS System.
Last Reviewed: 11/4/2013