EMS Basic Services and Staff

Basic services providing 9-1-1 response in Wisconsin must:

  • Be licensed as an EMS Basic service.
  • Operate under an approved operational plan.
  • Operate under approved protocols.
  • Operate under the Wisconsin Scope of Practice for the Basic level.
  • Operate with licensed/certified EMS personnel, credentialed with that service.

Licensed Basics in Wisconsin must:

  • Have completed an approved Basic course and subsequent refresher courses.
  • Maintain current certification in CPR for health care providers.
  • Hold a current certificate from the State of Wisconsin (expires June 30 of even-numbered years).
  • If practicing, be credentialed with a licensed  service.
  • Follow approved protocols.

Per Ch. 256, Wis. Stats., and Wisconsin Administrative Code DHS 110, every group that operates as or advertises as providing Basic-level service must submit an operational plan and obtain a license as a Basic service.  Additionally, all individuals operating as Basics with a 9-1-1 response service must be trained through a department (DHS) approved Basic program and obtain and maintain a state certificate.

Basic Service Licensure

If a Basic service is not a licensed provider, submit an operational plan. Follow the links below for the needed documents:

Individual Basic Certification

As for any other type of EMS licensure, you must obtain your initial Basic provider license within 24 months of successfully completing the Basic course. This must be completed from your E-Licensing account.  After you have obtained your initial Basic license, you will need to complete a Local Credential Agreement (LCA) for the service you wish to be affiliated with.  Only after both the service and the service's Medical Directors approve the LCA will you be added to the service's roster.

Services that wish to provide in-house, flexible refresher training may do so by following the directions listed for EMT-Basic In-House Flexible Refresher Request  For specific requirements for all levels, go to the Renewal/Retraining Requirements page.

For further information, contact the Program Coordinator at Ray.Lemke@wisconsin.gov.

WARDS Reporting

Wisconsin Administrative Rule 110.34(8) requires all ambulance responses to be uploaded or entered into WARDS


Last Revised: January 26, 2016