EMS Resources

National EMS Resources

  • ACEP EMS Committee – CLICK HERE
  • National Association of EMS Physicians – CLICK HERE
  • National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians Advocacy Page CLICK HERE
  • Department of Transportation Emergency Medical Services – EMS.GOV CLICK HERE  Information CLICK HERE

Resources for EMS Medical Directors

  • How to be an EMS Medical Director in Maine: Maine EMS has previously put together an EMS Medical Director’s Guidebook which gives an excellent overview of the Maine EMS system, response level, medical oversight, QA, etc.  Click to download
  • Requirements to have an EMS Agency Medical Director: To meet the proposed DEA changes(PDF) which will require that any agency administering controlled substances have a service-level medical director, Maine EMS approved a rule change that requires all AEMT and Paramedic level services to affiliate with a service-level medical director by January 1st, 2022.  Maine EMS Rule(PDF) (page 18 #13).
  • Maine EMS Physician contacts: If you have questions about Maine EMS or EMS Medical Direction, you may reach out to the EMS Committee Chair.  Additional points of contact include the physician members of the Maine EMS Medical Direction and Practices Board (MDPB):
    • The MDPB consists of all six regional medical directors along with the State EMS Medical Director, Associate State EMS Medical Director, Maine ACEP Representative to the MDPB, EMS Physician at Large, Pediatric Physician, Pharmacist, ALS provider and BLS provider.  Board Contacts
    • Each EMS region has a Regional Medical Director who can assist by providing support to service-level medical directors, assistance with local agencies and guidance regarding protocol changes/upcoming education.  Map of the EMS Regions
  • Maine EMS Prehospital Protocols: For the most up-to-date prehospital protocols, download the Maine EMS Protocol App on your smartphone. You may also find the Maine EMS Protocols online – click here for the Maine EMS Protocols. Approximately 3/4’s of the way down that page, you will find a section titled “2021 Protocol Resources for Hospitals” which includes a high-level overview of the recent changes to the prehospital protocols geared towards physicians offering OLMC (Online Medical Control).
    • For an overview of which protocols require phone calls for OLMC, see the 2021 OLMC Reference sheet, CLICK HERE
    • To see what changes were most recently made to the protocols in PDF form, CLICK HERE.
    • The Maine EMS Medical Direction and Practices Board updates the Maine EMS Protocols every two years (with the most recent update rolled out in December of 2021).  If you are interested in seeing changes to those protocols, please use the stakeholder input form. Click here to submit comments.

Legislation which may affect EMS and EMS Medical Directors (updated 3/2023)

Maine EMS has embarked on a strategic planning process to evaluate the current state of EMS and plan for its future.  This coincides with legislative approval of LD1988 during the last legislative session which established the Blue Ribbon Commission to Study EMS in the state.  SafeTechSolutions (the independent company hired by Maine EMS to carry out the strategic planning process) and Maine EMS have been holding sessions to hear from key stakeholders.  The final Blue Ribbon Commission to study EMS report can be found here: 9404 (maine.gov)

Though full drafts of EMS-related legislative bills have not yet been released, the following are titles of EMS-related bills that are currently in progress.

  • LR 1397 Rep. Salisbury Suzanne of Westbrook Title: An Act to Clarify the Licensing Requirements of Emergency Medical Services Community Paramedicine Programs
  • LR 2276 Sen. Grohoski Nicole of Hancock Title: An Act to Facilitate Employment of Veterans in the Field of Emergency Medical Services by Allowing Military-trained Medics to Take the Emergency Medical Technician Test Without Taking the Related Course
  • LR 1156 Sen. Curry of Waldo Title: An Act to Promote Public Safety and Retain Essential First Responders by Funding the Length of Service Award Program
  • LR 1158 Sen. Curry Chip of Waldo Title: Resolve, Directing Maine Emergency Medical Services to Convene a Stakeholder Group to Explore Emergency Medical Services Career Pathways and Educational Opportunities in the State


  • LR 1242 Rep. Moriarty Stephen of Cumberland Title: An Act to Reduce the Shortage of Municipal Emergency Medical Services Personnel
  • LR 2333 Spkr. Talbot Ross Rachel of Portland Title: An Act to Fund Delivery of Maine Emergency Medical Services SYSTEM
  • LR 1043 Rep. Salisbury Suzanne of Westbrook Title: An Act to Support Nontransportation Emergency Medical Services
  • LR 1365 Rep. Libby Laurel of Auburn Title: An Act to Reimburse Municipal Training Costs for Emergency Medical and Public Safety Dispatchers
  • LR 2212 Sen. Tipping Michael of Penobscot Title: An Act to Improve Recruitment and Retention of First Responders
  • LR 658 Spkr. Talbot Ross Rachel of Portland Title: An Act to Reestablish and Continue the Work of the Blue Ribbon Commission to Study Emergency Medical Services in the State
  • LR 932 Spkr. Talbot Ross Rachel of Portland Title: An Act to Provide Funding to Emergency Medical Services Organizations