Services and Staff
Responder services providing 9-1-1 response in Wisconsin must:
Be licensed as
a First Responder service
an approved operational plan
for advanced skills
licensed/certified EMS personnel, credentialed with that service
Responders providing 9-1-1 response in Wisconsin must:
Have completed an approved first responder course and
subsequent refresher courses
Maintain current CPR for healthcare providers certification
Hold a current certificate from the State of Wisconsin
(expires June 30 of even numbered years)
with a licensed First Responder service
Per Ch. 256, Wis. Stats., and
Wisconsin Administrative Code DHS
(exit DHS), every group that operates as or
advertises as providing medical first response must submit an operational plan
and obtain a license as a medical first responder service.
Additionally, all individuals operating as first
responders with a 9-1-1 response service must be trained through a department
(DHS) approved first responder training program and obtain and maintain a state
There continues to be unlicensed First Responder services and uncertified
Medical First Responders
operating in Wisconsin. Many of these services and
individuals are providing medical first response without the benefit of approved
or current training. Others may have
completed an approved curriculum and maintained that knowledge with regular
refreshers but failed to be properly certified. We encourage all
dispatch centers statewide to make sure that any First Responder service they
are dispatching are properly licensed. They could require the Service Director
to provide a copy of their Service license to validate it.
first responder service is not a licensed provider submit an application and operational plan.
Follow the links below for the needed documents:
First Responder Certification
Just like any other type of EMS licensure, an individual must obtain
first responder provider certification within 24 months of successfully
completing the first responder course.
This must be completed from their E-Licensing account which can be accessed by
clicking this E-Licensing
(exit DHS) link.
After this has been obtained the First
Responder will need to complete a Local Credential Agreement (LCA)
for the service they wish to be affiliated with. Only after both the
Service and Medical Directors approve the LCA will the individual be added to
the service's roster.
the Program Coordinator Ray.Lemke@wisconsin.gov
for further information.
new Administrative Rule requires First Responder services to complete run
reports for any calls where an advanced skill was used. It does not
require all calls be reported but your service can, if it prefers to document
all runs. Please consider drafting your own local policy or procedure
dealing with entering reports into WARDS (exit
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May 06, 2014