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West Virginia Office of
Emergency Medical Services

350 Capitol Street
Room 425
Charleston, WV 25301

Toll Free: 1-888--747-8367
OEMS Phone: (304) 558-3956
OEMS Fax: (304) 558-8379
Trauma Phone: (304) 290-9307
Trauma Fax: (304) 558-8379

About EMS for Children

The West Virginia EMS for Children (EMS-C) Program aims to ensure that children receive optimal emergency medical care and that critical aspects of injury prevention are addressed by ensuring that all performance measures are met.

The Federal EMS for Children program mandated the establishment of the EMS-C Advisory Committee to charter the West Virginia's EMS for Children program.

About the Federal EMS for Children Program

The Federal EMSC Program is designed to ensure that all children and adolescents, no matter where they live, attend school, or travel, receive appropriate care in a health emergency. It is administered by the United States Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Since its establishment, the EMSC Program has provided grant funding to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories.

The EMSC Program is designed to reduce child and youth mortality and morbidity resulting from severe illness or trauma. It aims to:

  1. Ensure that state-of-the-art emergency medical care for the ill or injured child and adolescent is available when needed;
  2. Ensure that pediatric services are well integrated into the existing state emergency medical services (EMS) system and backed by optimal resources;
  3. Ensure that the entire spectrum of emergency services, including primary prevention of illness and injury, acute care, and rehabilitation, is provided to children and adolescents at the same level as adults.

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