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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) 558-7124
Trauma Fax: (304) 558-7125

EMS Personnel Certification

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."

Please contact the Certification Unit at 304-558-3956 for more information.

Those standards which have been set forth govern the following types of certified emergency medical services (EMS) personnel.


Emergency Vehicle Operator

Emergency Vehicle Operator


Emergency Medical Technician - Miner

As of June 9, 2016, the Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training will be responsible for the EMT-Miner certification level.  OEMS will no longer have authority or responsibility related to this certification level.  For questions or information related to this certification level please contact:


Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training

7 Players Club Drive, Suite 2

Charleston, WV  25311-2126





Emergency Medical Responder*

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.

Emergency Medical Responder


Emergency Medical Technician*

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).

Emergency Medical Technician


Advanced Care Technician*

A relatively new personnel type, the Advanced 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).

Advanced Care Technician



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.



Mobile Critical Care Paramedic*

Mobile Critical Care Paramedic


Mobile Critical Care Nurse*

Mobile Critical Care Nurse


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