EMS: Paramedic Services and Staff

Paramedic services providing 911 response in Wisconsin must:

  • Be licensed as a Paramedic service.
    • If licensed before January 1, 2000, the ambulance will be staffed with 2 Paramedics.
    • If licensed after January 1, 2000, the ambulance may be staffed with 1 Paramedic and 1 licensed provider of another level.
  • Operate under an approved operational plan.
  • Operate under approved protocols.
  • Operate under the Wisconsin Scope of Practice for the Paramedic.
  • Operate with licensed/certified EMS personnel, credentialed with that service.

Licensed Paramedics in Wisconsin must:

  • Have completed an approved Paramedic course and subsequent refresher courses.
  • Initially be certified in PEPP/PALS.
  • Maintain current certification in CPR for health care providers.
  • Maintain current ACLS.
  • 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 Wis. Stat. ch. 256, and Wis. Admin. Code ch. DHS 110 every group that operates as or advertises as providing Paramedic level service must submit an operational plan and obtain a license as a Paramedic Service. Additionally, all individuals operating as Paramedics with a 911 response service must be trained through a Department of Health Services-approved Paramedic program and obtain and maintain a state certificate.

Paramedic Service Licensure

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

Individual Paramedic Certification

As for any other type of EMS licensure, you must obtain your initial Paramedic provider license within 24 months of successfully completing the Paramedic course. This must be completed from your E-Licensing account. After you have obtained your 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 Medical Directors approve the LCA will you be added to the service's roster.

For specific requirements for all levels, go to the Renewal/Retraining Requirements page.

Contact our office by email or by phone at 608-266-0471.

WARDS Reporting

The Wis. Admin. Code § 110.34(8) requires all ambulance responses to be uploaded or entered into WARDS.

Last Revised: July 7, 2020