The Federal Interagency Committee on Emergency Medical Services (FICEMS) was established by Congress in 2005 to ensure coordination among Federal agencies supporting local, regional, State, tribal, and territorial EMS and 911 systems. FICEMS was also created to improve the delivery of emergency medical services (EMS) throughout the nation.
FICEMS Member Agencies
The Department of Defense provides criteria, guidance, and instructions to inform the delivery of EMS in appropriate DoD programs. Worldwide, DoD active duty and civilian EMS personnel respond to emergency incidents both on military installations and (through mutual aide agreements) in the local community. Unique to the DoD, EMS personnel trained both to community standards and specialized levels of care, deliver EMS in forward deployed and hostile areas including combat and combat support.
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The Department of Health and Human Services is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services. Specifically related to EMS, DHHS provides technical assistance, subject matter expertise, and direct program services to help States, tribes, territories, local communities, and other countries prepare for, respond to, and rapidly recover from disasters and emergencies.
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The Department of Homeland Security provides the coordinated, comprehensive Federal response in the event of a terrorist attack, natural disaster, or other large-scale emergency while working with Federal, State, local, and private sector partners to ensure a swift and effective recovery effort.
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The Federal Communications Commission, through its Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB), works to ensure that first responders, including EMS personnel, have access to reliable, interoperable equipment during emergencies. The PSHSB provides information on federal resources available to EMS personnel, assists in the development of emergency communications plans, and enrolls first responder organizations in priority services, including the telecommunications service priority (TSP), wireless priority service (WPS), and government entity telecommunications service (GETS).
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The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), through its Office of EMS reduces death and disability by providing leadership and coordination to the EMS community in assessing, planning, developing, and promoting comprehensive, evidence-based emergency medical services and 911 systems. Specifically, NHTSA partners with peer agencies to advance a National vision for EMS, and collects and analyzes the data EMS managers need to make critical decisions.
FICEMS Strategic Plan
FICEMS member agencies collaborated to develop a strategic plan to guide the Committee’s activities. The development process resulted in the creation of a mission and a vision statement for the FICEMS.
FICEMS Vision statement: A Federal interagency committee that enhances coordination and ensures the strategic alignment of EMS priorities among Federal agencies to ensure quality patient care.
FICEMS Mission statement: Ensure coordination among Federal agencies supporting local, regional, State, tribal, and territorial emergency medical services and 911 systems, to improve the delivery of EMS services throughout the nation.
Public meetings of the Federal Interagency Committee on EMS are held twice per year. Learn more about upcoming dates, agendas and opportunities for public comment, or download meeting materials from FICEMS meetings since 2006.
Each year, FICEMS provides a report of its activities to Congress; review these for an overview of Federal activities in EMS, or look for FICEMS reports and memos regarding issues that affect EMS, including preparedness for infectious diseases, information about funding for EMS data collection and use and other important topics.