EMS Assistance, Recognition & Promotion

National EMS Week 2017 is May 21-27

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 is Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Day

This year's theme is "EMS Strong: Always in Service"

EMS Week Certificates

Certificates for years of service in EMS will be available for printing. The certificates will be emailed back to the requester in PDF form; it will be the responsibility of the requester to print them, preferably on card stock or certificate paper, and present them to the recipients. As in the past, the request must be in five year increments only – five, ten, fifteen, twenty, twenty-five years, etc. All levels of pre-hospital personnel are eligible for certificates – Basic, Intermediate, Paramedic, First Responder, First Responder Defibrillator, Lead Instructor, Emergency Medical Dispatcher, Emergency Communications Registered Nurse, Pre-Hospital Registered Nurse, and Trauma Nurse Specialist. The deadline for submission of names to the Department is Friday April 21, 2017. Please use the form “2017 EMS Week Years of Service Certificate Table” for submission of certificate recipients. Click here for the Years of Service Certificate Table.

Please pay close attention to these instructions when filling out the form. Click here for the instructions. All information must be present, including submitted by, system number, telephone number, and e-mail address. Please ensure that all names are spelled correctly and that the correct level and the number of years of service are indicated for each entry. Forms will only be accepted in electronic word format on the prescribed form. No other means of submission will be accepted—no PDFs please.

Please e-mail completed forms to Paula Atteberry at Paula.Atteberry@illinois.gov

EMS Week Awards

Awards for EMS Instructor, Public Education, Response/Professional and Response/Layperson will also be presented again this year. If you would like to nominate someone for one of the categories please use the form “EMS Week Award Application” for submission. Click here for the award application form. The deadline for submission to the Department is Friday April 7, 2017. Please e-mail completed forms to Paula Atteberry at Paula.Atteberry@illinois.gov.

2017 EMS Week Planning Guide

The 2017 EMS Week Planning Guide can be ordered from the American College of Emergency Physicians website: Click here to order a planning guide.

Emergency Medical Services Assistance Fund Grant for Fiscal Year 2018

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) provides an opportunity for Illinois EMS Agencies who can demonstrate a need for resources to apply for grant funding. The program is intended to provide for the purposes of organization, development and improvement of Emergency Medical Services Systems, including but not limited to training of personnel and acquisition, modification and maintenance of necessary supplies and equipment. (210 ILCS, section 3.220(c))

Any Illinois licensed and based EMS agency that provides EMS service within the State of Illinois may apply for funds through the Department's Electronic Grant Administration and Management System (EGrAMS).

EMS Assistance Grants will be awarded if, and only if, funded and authorized by the Illinois General Assembly.

Fiscal Year 2018 EMS Assistance Grant Application and instructions can be found at https://idphgrants.com/user/home.aspx

In accordance with the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) and Federal Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200), grantee entities must complete pre-award requirements prior to receiving a Fiscal Year 2018 grant award from the State of Illinois. Visit https://www.illinois.gov/sites/GATA/Grantee/Pages/default.aspx for instructions. EMS Assistance grantees need only complete steps 1 and 2 if they have not done so in the past.

Deadline for submission of applications through EGrAMS is by close of business Monday, April 10, 2017.

As in past years, due to the limited amount of grant funds available, we will not consider applications for new vehicles, vehicle re-chassis, building projects or grant requests over $5000.00.

Please address questions to Paula Atteberry at Paula.Atteberry@illinois.gov or 217-785-2083.

Heartsaver AED Fund Grant for FY 2018

Public Act 95-0721, Heartsaver AED Fund, is for the purpose of providing matching grants for the purchase of Automated External Defibrillators (AED). Any school, public park district, municipal recreation department, conservation district, forest preserve district, college or university in Illinois is eligible to receive a matching grant from the Heartsaver AED Fund.

At this time, the Heartsaver AED Fund Grant is not available for Fiscal Year 2018.

Please email questions to DPH.GrantReview@illinois.gov or Paula Atteberry at Paula.Atteberry@illinois.gov or call (217) 785-2083.