Operating at the intersection of public health, public safety, and emergency medicine, EMS serves as the health care system’s “safety net.” Availability and quality of services has become a standing expectation of the public.
While patient care reporting systems at the local and state level quantify numbers and types of emergency medical response, the profiles serve as a single source of information to capture the architecture and demographics of EMS agencies and EMS personnel in the state of Idaho. Understanding the structure and characteristics of EMS at the local level is critical to further the implementation and sophistication of EMS systems across the state.
The information in this compendium has been compiled from a variety of sources. Please consult the list of citations in the Glossary of Selected Terms and Sources page and under some individual tables. EMS agency, personnel and helicopter service area information is based on licensure applications, personnel licensure data, patient care reporting, grant award history, and when necessary, direct assessment by EMS Bureau staff. Please direct any observations about the quality and utility of this information to the EMS Bureau of the Division of Public Health in the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
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