EMS Basic Services and Staff

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

  • Be licensed as a Basic service
  • Operate under an approved operational plan
  • Operate under approved protocols
  • Operate under the Wisconsin Scope of Practice for the Basic
  • 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 CPR for healthcare providers certification
  • 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., andWisconsin Administrative Code DHS110 (exit DHS), 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

Just like any other type of EMS licensure, an individual must obtain their initial Basic provider license within 24 months of successfully completing the Basic 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 Basic 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.

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.

Contact the Program Coordinator Ray.Lemke@Wisconsin.gov for further information.

WARDS Reporting

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


Last Revised: December 30, 2014