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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

Agency licensure program

The provision of emergency medical services is regulated by West Virginia law. Any entity intending to provide emergency medical services must either be granted a license or become associated with a licensed agency before doing so. Therefore, emergency medical services may be provided by a licensed rapid response agency, a licensed Emergency Medical Services agency, or an agency associated with one of these licensed agencies.

Currently the EMS Agency Licensure Manual is being revised. For questions please contact EMS Licensure via the email listed.

Please contact EMSLicensure@wv.gov for further information.


  • EMS Agency-An entity that intends to provide emergency medical services that includes patient transport to and from medical facilities.
  • Rapid Response Agency-An entity that provides on-scene EMS support but does not provide patient transport to and from medical facilities.
  • Rapid Response Affiliate-An entity, affiliated with a licensed EMS Agency, that provides rapid, on-scene EMS but does not perform patient transport to and from medical facilities.

Becoming a licensed agency

EMS licenses shall be issued for any combination of the following EMS services:

  • Fire department rapid response-basic life support.
  • Fire department rapid response-advanced life support.
  • Rapid response-basic life support.
  • Rapid response-advanced life support.
  • Basic life support.
  • Advanced life support.
  • Critical care transport (CCT).
  • Rotary wing transport.
  • Fixed wing transport.
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