EMS Assistance, Recognition & Promotion

National EMS Week 2018 is May 20-26

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 is Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Day.

This year's theme is "EMS Strong: Stronger Together"

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 off, 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 20, 2018. Please use the form “2018 EMS Week Years of Service Certificate Table” for submission of certificate recipients. Prior to submission of the form, 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. Please pay close attention to the attached instructions when filling out the form. At the bottom of the form all information must be present: submitted by, system number, telephone number and e-mail address. Forms will only be accepted in electronic word format on the prescribed form (no PDFs). No other means of submission will be accepted. Please e-mail completed forms to Paula Atteberry at Paula.Atteberry@illinois.gov

EMS Week Awards

Awards for EMS Instructor, Public Educator, Response/Professional and Response/Layperson will also be given 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. The deadline for submission to the Department is Friday April 6, 2018. Please e-mail completed forms to Paula Atteberry at Paula.Atteberry@illinois.gov.

The 2018 EMS planning guide is available to order on the American College of Emergency Physicians website: Planning Guide.

Emergency Medical Services Assistance Fund Grant FY 2019

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) provides the opportunity to distribute funds to Illinois EMS Agencies who can demonstrate the need for resources. The grant program will 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 participant 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.

FY 2019 Grant Application can be found at idphgrants.com

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 2019 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 to do 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 9, 2018.

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.

The Heartsaver AED Fund Grant for FY 2019

The Heartsaver AED Fund is for the purpose of providing matching grants for the purchase of Automated External Defibrillators (AED). Any Illinois school, public park district, forest preserve district, conservation district, sheriff's office, municipal police department, municipal recreation department, public library, college, or university (Section 2310-371.5 of the Act) may apply.

At this time, the Heartsaver AED Fund Grant is not available for Fiscal Year 2019.

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