Emergency Medical Services in Wisconsin

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Dedicated to Consistent, High-Quality Care Across the State of Wisconsin



Following a recommendation from the EMS Section and the EMS Board, DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm has agreed to delay the June 30, 2020, license/certification renewal deadlines listed in Emergency Order #21 to September 30, 2020.

In addition, Secretary-designee Palm has agreed to suspend the reciprocity fee and the reinstatement fee requirements found in Wis. Admin. Code ch. DHS 110.

If you have completed all of your educational requirements for re-licensure, we encourage you to submit your renewal application as soon as possible to avoid delays.


Our Mission

The mission of the Wisconsin Emergency Medical Services Section is to ensure that the highest quality and standards of pre-hospital emergency medical care is available to all citizens of and visitors to Wisconsin.

Our Vision

Through leadership, support, and regulation, the EMS Section ensures the development and maintenance of a high quality Emergency Medical Services delivery system for the State of Wisconsin. Its primary focus is to reduce both human suffering and economic loss from premature death and disability resulting from sudden illness or injury.

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EMT Refresher Courses (Note: Scroll down to EMS Refresher List after page opens.)


Weapons of Mass Destruction online training


Attention Providers: Please make sure the email address entered in your E-Licensing account is current and that you are able to access it regularly. Our office uses the email addresses in E-Licensing to communicate with all EMS providers, service directors, and medical directors.

EMS News
  • There is an upcoming public hearing on the Statewide EMS Two-Year Plan on April 22, 2020. Details, including the Zoom meeting link and agenda, can be found on the Wisconsin Public Meeting Notices and Minutes website.
  • Updated interim guidance for EMS regarding CoVID-19
  • Agencies wishing to use the Biospatial platform for visualization of WARDS data and have not attended a training session are invited to attend one on March 12 at 2 p.m. The training is online, and if you have not yet set up an account form access, please contact EMS Section Chief Mark Lockhart.
  • The EMS Office issued a new memo regarding the Coronavirus (PDF).
  • The EMS Cardiac Arrest report (PDF) has been published to the public.
  • We have received several inquiries regarding measles. As of June 6, 2019, there have been no reported cases of measles in Wisconsin. For more information on measles, please consult the DHS webpage on measles information. Scroll down to the "For Healthcare Professionals" section for the latest information, including resources for clinicians.
  • Position statements from the EMS Advisory Board on STEMI Destination, Stroke Destination and Trauma Unclassified Hospital Transport are available.
  • New resources are available to help the public safety community protect themselves and save lives during emergencies involving Fourth Generation Nerve Agents.
  • The 2017-2018 Wisconsin EMS Workplace Survey, which is part of the EMS License Renewal process is now available. It provides information on the current status of EMS in Wisconsin. Feel free to share this information with your peers and stakeholders.
  • The FDA has a website identifying those drugs currently on their FDA Drug Shortage list. Please use this resource to confirm any medications you may be unable to obtain or are on backorder.
  • The Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance has released new fentanyl safety video for first responders. Please see their announcement for additional information and a link to the video.
  • EMS Agencies interactive map is available.
  • The 2018-2020 EMS State Plan is available.
  • The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) is pleased to announce the availability of “Evidence-Based Guidelines for fatigue risk management in Emergency Medical Services”. Information on this can be found on the project's website.
  • A presentation on how Wisconsin is monitoring the Opioid Overdose Epidemic was presented to the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) at their Annual Conference. This report was made possible by the use of data from the Wisconsin Ambulance Run Data System (WARDS). The 2018 CSTE Opioid Presentation was given on June 12, 2018, by the Offices of Preparedness and Emergency Health Care (OPEHC) Supervisor Ashley Bergeron.


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Last Revised: April 14, 2020