A Commitment to Emergency Care in West Virginia
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
State Trauma and Emergency Care System
The West Virginia Office of Emergency Medical services, acting
on behalf of the WV Bureau for
Public Health , is required by West Virginia Code "to ensure the
provision of adequate emergency medical services within this state
for the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare" by
providing that "minimum standards for emergency medical service
personnel be established and enforced by the state."
Those standards which have been set forth govern the following
types of certified emergency medical services (EMS) personnel:
The Emergency Medical Responder provides basic medical
treatment on the emergency scene. Emergency Medical Responders
cannot transport patients (as class A vehicles are not considered
patient transports) and can serve as an attendant-in-charge only on
class A (rapid response) emergency vehicles.
The Emergency Medical Technician performs all of the duties as
the First Responder, and in addition, can perform the full gamut of
West Virginia Basic Life Support (BLS) and can transport patients
to the hospital or care center. An Emergency Medical
Technician can serve as attendant-in-charge on class A (rapid
response) and B (Basic Life Support transport).
A relatively new personnel type, the Advenced Care
Technician can perform all duties of an Emergency Medical
Technician, providing Basic Life Support (BLS) and some
intermediate forms of Advanced Life Support (ALS).
The Paramedic provides high level of care, capable of
administering powerful drugs and techniques, and can administer
Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support techniques and
protocols. Paramedics can serve as attendant-in-charge on class A,
B, and C (advanced life support transport) vehicles.
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