“There is no higher honor than to be given the responsibility to care for another human being.”—Richard K. Schachern
Aroostook Region V EMS
Licensed emergency medical services (EMS) providers are the backbone of Maine’s EMS system. An EMS provider in Maine may work full-time for a municipal or private EMS service, be employed as a firefighter/emergency medical technician (EMT) with a local fire department or volunteer with one of the many other Maine-licensed ambulance services or non-transporting EMS services in the State. Regardless of volunteer or employment status, each EMS provider must meet State training, testing, and licensing requirements in order to practice emergency medical care in Maine.
Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) are the Basic Life Support (BLS) entry levels for persons seeking to become licensed EMS providers in Maine. From the BLS levels, EMS providers may continue their training to become Intermediate Life Support (ILS) providers at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) level and Advanced Life Support (ALS) providers at the Paramedic level.
To become a Maine licensed EMS provider, a person must complete a course of training approved by the Maine Board of EMS - the State Board responsible for Maine’s EMS system. Maine EMS-approved courses meet or exceed the current National EMS Education Standards.