EMS Agenda 2050

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EMS Agenda 2050 is the result of a collaborative and inclusive two-year effort to create a bold plan for the next several decades. The new Agenda for the Future envisions people-centered innovative possibilities to advance EMS systems.

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Developing the Vision

In 2014, the National EMS Advisory Council recommended an update to the 1996 EMS Agenda for the Future to pave the way for the industry’s continued evolution. Throughout 2017 and 2018, EMS professionals, stakeholders and members of the public shared ideas through regional meetings, webinars, conference sessions and public comment. The final result is EMS Agenda 2050, a new vision for the future that provides a framework for the next thirty years of EMS system advancement.


EMS Agenda 2050

EMS Agenda 2050
This document, released in January 2019, is the culmination of the two-year collaborative effort. It describes six guiding principles to help individuals, EMS leaders and communities in creating a more people-centered EMS system.

EMS Agenda 2050 Summary

EMS Agenda 2050 Infographic
This infographic offers a summary of EMS Agenda 2050 and the six guiding principles in the document.

EMS Agenda Timeline

EMS Agenda 2050 Timeline for Collaboration and Input
This infographic outlines the numerous opportunities for public input throughout the 2017 and 2018 project.

EMS Agenda 2050 Guide to the Vision cover page

EMS Agenda 2050 Guide to the Vision
Learn about the process to create EMS Agenda 2050, what the future of EMS may look like, and the six guiding principles in this easy-to-share document.


How Did We Get Here?
Though EMS Agenda 2050 envisions EMS systems of the future, its roots date back to 1996. In the following video, learn how the original Agenda for the Future laid the groundwork for EMS Agenda 2050 to improve the most critical aspects of EMS systems for the next three decades.

  • Watch the video here.

EMS Past, Present and Future: Writing the Next Agenda
The EMS Focus Webinar Series presented this webinar in 2016 with the authors of the 1996 EMS Agenda for the Future and EMSC. They look back at some of the profession’s most significant accomplishments over the last two decades and discuss how the industry can evolve in the future.

  • Watch the webinar here.

National Implementation Forum Sessions 1 and 2
The project team held a National Implementation Forum in the fall of 2018 to discuss the people-centered vision and six guiding principles described in EMS Agenda 2050.

Who’s Involved

EMS Agenda 2050 was supported by the:

  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of EMS
  • EMS for Children Program at the Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Homeland Security Office of Health Affairs

The EMS Agenda 2050 project was managed by the Redhorse Corporation, with support from The RedFlash Group, through a contract with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.