The Pennsylvania EMS Provider Foundation (Foundation) is very pleased to announce our annual call for grant applications.

The Grant: The grant will be awarded to an individual EMT or EMTs who would like to further their education and become Paramedics. The deadline for grant applications is the close of business on February 16, 2016.

The recipient must have at least three (3) years experience as a certified EMT and been employed (either paid or volunteer) by a PA licensed EMS agency or has been guaranteed an offer of a position with a PA licensed EMS agency following completion of the education program for which the grant was provided.

The amount of the grant will be determined by the Foundation Board of Directors and the recommendation of the Application Review Committee.

For more information, please see the application, instructions and general information which can be found on the Ambulance Association of Pennsylvania's website under the document library. You can also contact Heather at or 1-888-262-9121.

Founded in 2007, the Foundation was created to serve the Pennsylvania emergency medical services community, to ensure public confidence in emergency medical services, to develop the next generation of emergency medical services providers, educate the public of their services and generally to further the cause of Pennsylvania emergency medical services through education, outreach and philanthropy. The Foundation will support the welfare of Pennsylvania emergency medical services providers and will serve other proper functions of a charitable, public foundation as needed.

This is a copy of mandatory provider revalidation information located on the DHS website at:

It is important that each EMS service in PA properly complete and submit the required application and other organizational documents required for revalidation prior to the March, 2016 deadline. 

A recommendation is that EMS services begin this process NOW as it has been taking anywhere between 3 and 6 months for DHS staff to approve provider revalidation applications.

The Bureau of EMS has recently released procedures and forms that address the new certification level of Emergency Medical Service Vehicle Operator (EMSVO) and the requirement of a “Transfer of Care Form” that shall be utilized by Licensed EMS Agencies.

EMSI will provide the EMSVO endorsement to eligible EMS Providers who are submitted through their EMS Agency on the roster provided in this email.  EMS providers will not receive a new provider ID Card with the EMSVO endorsement until their next expiration cycle.  However, the con-ed requirements for all EMSVO’s is currently in effect.  EMSI will not process EMSVO endorsement requests from individual EMS providers.  If you have individuals in your organization who operate Licensed EMS Vehicles but do not hold an EMS certification (ie: EMR, EMT, Paramedic) please call our office for additional application instructions.  EMS Agency Licensure coordinators should also start to update your service rosters showing the newly assigned expiration dates for paramedics.

We have included the EMS Information Bulletin 2014-002-EMS-Transfer of Care Form.  This bulletin address’s the requirement in the current EMS Regulations for providing patient information to receiving facilities when a patient is transferred.  You may download an electronic version of the form at

Effective June 23, 2014, our office hours will be 8am until 4:30pm.

Please review--Guide to Infection Prevention in Emergency Medical Services from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). The purpose of this guide is to provide Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system responders and their organizations with a practical resource to infection recognition and prevention in the EMS environment. This guide contains current information, recommendations, regulations, resources, program examples, and forms to utilize in the EMS setting.

The Violence Against EMS Provider Reporting Tool developed by the Center for Leadership, Innovation and Research in EMS in cooperation with the National EMS Management Management Association (NEMSMA). This tool has been created for EMS practitioners to anonymously share violence against EMS provider information by answering a series of questions in an online format. The data collected will be analyzed and possibly used in the development of EMS policies and procedures, as well as for the purpose of training, educating and preventing similar events from occurring in the future.

EMS Information Bulletin 2013-007 on PCR Submission has been released. As of June 1, 2013, EMS Agencies not submitting PCR data as required in regulations wiill be in violation of EMS System Act and disciplinary action will be considered. The information bulletin from the Bureau of EMS can be accessed here.

JEMS readers - additional information on the Safety Shows Seat Belt Covers can be found here.

The PA Department of Transportation has announced the Yellow Dot program. Participants fill out the program form with their emergency contact, medical contacts and medical information, insert it in the program's folder and then place it in their vehicle's glove compartment. A sticker alerts emergency responders to check a vehicle's glove compartment for the folder. Yellow Dot materials are available at EMSI. More information is available at


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