Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Medical Services

Vermont EMS responders with patient and ambulance

Vermont Office of Emergency Medical Services

Vermont’s Emergency Medical Services system – or EMS – responds to medical emergencies every day. EMS is an integrated system for providing emergency medical treatment and transportation of sick and injured patients.

The Vermont Office of Emergency Medical Services works on behalf of Vermonters to ensure that the EMS system is adequately equipped and prepared to provide the best out-of-hospital emergency care possible. There are nearly 180 ambulance and first responder agencies in the state, and most of our nearly 3,000 licensed EMS personnel are volunteers.


the Vermont Healthcare and ems preparedness conference webinar series has begun!

Due to the continuing response to COVID-19, the 2020 Vermont Healthcare and EMS Preparedness Conference will not be held in-person. Instead, a virtual webinar series is being offered to members of the Vermont Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Coalition (VHEPC) and Vermont EMS practitioners in order to provide necessary information and training. The webinar series, presented virtually starting in September, offers two free webinars each month until August 2021.


hybrid emt courses are now taking registrations!

Vermont Statewide Hybrid EMT Courses hosted and coordinated by Bennington Rescue Squad will be taking place in three separate sessions starting in October, November and December 2020. See the brochure for more information and to sign up!


Vermont EMS COVID-19 Resources

Financial Resources for EMS Agencies

PPE and Test Kit Resources: Request Form

Non-Emergency Activities During COVID-19

Rapid Response Team For COVID-19 Testing

Absenteeism Effect Survey Results

District COVID-19 Survey Results

SIREN Resources

Protocols for COVID-19 Response

Other COVID-19 Resources

Provisional License Applications


CoronaVirus Disease (COVID-19) EMS Response

Vermont Statewide EMS Protocols

The Vermont EMS Office is committed to supporting the delivery of excellent, evidence-based emergency care to all Vermonters and our visitors. To that end, we are constantly reviewing our treatment protocols, and we publish one major revision every two years.  You can download the most recent version below:

2020 Version (Effective May 15, 2020 - upon completion of training)

2018 Version (Valid through September 30, 2020)

Videos for donning and doffing procedures for PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) 

PPE Donning video

PPE Doffing video


In This Section

If you are interested in becoming a Vermont EMS Provider, we recommend that you contact the EMS agencies near you to find out how to become a member or employee of their organization.

Whether you want to become a more resilient responder, help yourself or a loved one, or reduce the stigma around mental health in your community, we have resources for you.

There are a number of programs and initiatives for EMS agencies looking to expand their scope of practice, increase their volunteer ranks and become more engaged in their community.


The Vermont Statewide Incident Reporting Network (SIREN) is a comprehensive electronic prehospital patient care data collection, analysis and reporting system that has been in use since 2010.

Find out about EMS class schedules, practical exam schedules, leadership calls, regional and EMS Advisory Committee meetings.

The Vermont EMS office licenses nearly 180 ambulance and first responder agencies and 2,800 licensed patient care providers.

Find contact information for Vermont EMS Office staff, EMS services, and EMS district chairs, training coordinators and medical advisors.

Check here often for changing notifications and updates of interest to the EMS community.

Here are important documents you will need to take a practical exam, apply for or renew a personnel license, operate an EMS agency, provide training, become a HeartSafe community, or offer Public Access Defibrillation.