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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 licensing of Emergency Medical Services and Fire Department Rapid Response is regulated by Legislative Rule 64 CSR 48, WV Code 16-4C, and the WVOEMS Policies and Procedures. Any entity intending to provide Emergency Medical Services must be licensed before doing so.

Current EMS Agency Licensure Manual: EMS Agency Licensure Manual 2020

Rapid Response Fire Departments: If that rapid response fire department has in place an agreement with an EMS agency licensed by OEMS that addresses medical direction, training, quality assurance, and liability insurance in accordance with Legislative Rule 64 CSR 48- 4.5.9.c.  As of June 11, 2021, In the absence of such an affiliation agreement, certified fire departments are not subject to licensure if they only provide basic life support services while the COVID-19 State of Emergency is in effect, please refer to the attached letter.

June 11 2021 Cabinet Secretary Letter

Please contact EMSLicensure@wv.gov for further information.

Definitions

  • EMS Agency - An entity that intends to provide emergency medical services under the guidance of a WVOEMS approved Medical Director, that intends to transport patients to and from medical facilities in accordance with 64 CSR 48-4.
  • Transporting Fire Department - An entity that intends to provide emergency medical services under the guidance of a WVOEMS approved Medical Director, that intends to transport patients to and from medical facilities in accordance with 64 CSR 48-4.5.9.a
  • Fire Department Rapid Response - An entity that intends to provide on-scene EMS support but does not provide patient transport to and from medical facilities in accordance with 64 CSR 48-4.5.9.b

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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