Emergency Medical Services | EMS

The IAFC Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Section addresses fire-based EMS issues, and provides guidance and direction to the IAFC board and membership, as well as the federal government and other interest groups.

Toolkit to Oppose Degree Requirements Available

The IAFC strongly opposes proposals to require a college degree for entry-level paramedics. While the IAFC strongly supports firefighters and EMS personnel who choose to pursue higher education, the IAFC believes that requiring a degree for paramedic licensure could make it difficult to support fire-based EMS agencies. Take some time to learn more about this issue and find resources to help you push back against this proposal in your community or state.  

Attend Fire-Rescue Med 2019

Each spring, the EMS Section sponsors Fire-Rescue Med, a conference addressing a wide variety of EMS issues. The conference is recognized throughout the industry as the premier gathering of fire service EMS leadership. Sessions are specifically targeted toward upper management, EMS officer and mid-level supervisors.

Join the EMS Section

With over 1,600 members, the EMS Section is one of the IAFC's largest and offers a wealth of resources to members and the EMS community. Benefits of EMS Section Membership (pdf)

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Dr. Michael McEvoy, Chief of EMS
Saratoga County, NY

Vice Chair
Vance Riley, Fire Chief
Pearland, TX

Staff Liaison
Evan Davis