Office of Emergency Medical Services

The Office of Emergency Medical Services administers and enforces emergency medical services statutes, regulations, programs and policies. Responsibilities include:

  • Developing the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) plan and training curriculum, including EMS for Children
  • Providing regulatory oversight of licensing and certifying emergency response personnel, licensing and certifying provider organizations, facilities, and approving sponsor hospital designations
  • Conducting complaint investigations
  • Coordinating emergency planning with the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP)
  • Integrating statewide electronic EMS and trauma system data collection
  • Issuing trauma center designations


Public Health Preparedness

The Office of Public Health Preparedness is responsible for the design, development and implementation of the department’s public health emergency plans and initiatives. The office ensures compliance with state and federal mandates with respect to public health preparedness, and is responsible for identifying and securing grants in support of the state’s public health preparedness efforts. Within the department’s incident command structure, the office provides operational management. This office also coordinates the federal Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Hospital Bioterrorism grant submissions. This function includes outfitting and operations of a 100-bed mobile field hospital. This office also partners with the Connecticut Military Department in the operations of the New England Disaster Training Center in Windsor Locks.