EMS Assistance, Recognition & Promotion

National EMS Week is May 19-25, 2019

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 is Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Day.

This year's theme is "EMS Strong: Beyond the Call"

EMS Week Certificates

Certificates for EMS years of service are available for printing. The certificates will be emailed back to the requester in PDF form. It is the responsibility of the requester to print the certificates, preferably on card stock or certificate paper, and present them to the recipient(s). The request must be in five year increments only – 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, etc. 
All levels of pre-hospital personnel are eligible for certificates – 
  • Emergency Medical Responder (formerly known as First Responder or FR Defibrillator)
  • Emergency Medical Technician (formerly known as Basic)
  • Emergency Medical Technician – Intermediate, Advanced
  • Paramedic (formerly known as EMT-P)
  • Pre-Hospital Registered Nurse
  • Emergency Medical Dispatcher
  • Emergency Communications Registered Nurse
  • Lead Instructor
  • Trauma Nurse Specialist  

The deadline for name submission to IDPH is Friday, April 19, 2019.  Please use the form “2019 EMS Week Years of Service Certificate Table” for submission.  Prior to submission, 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 instructions when filling out the form. Information that must be included is who the form is 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 Julie Havens at Julie.Havens@illinois.gov

EMS Week Awards

Awards for EMS Instructor, Public Educator, Response/Professional, and Response/Layperson will also be given this year.  If you would like to nominate someone for one of the categories, please use the “EMS Week Award Application” form.  The deadline for submission to IDPH is Friday, April 5, 2019.    Please e-mail completed forms to Gary Bettenhausen at Gary.Bettenhausen@illinois.gov.

The 2019 EMS planning guide is available to order on the American College of Emergency Physicians website: Planning Guide

Emergency Medical Services Assistance Fund Grant FY 2020

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).

FY 2020 Grant Application can be found at idphgrants.com

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

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 2020 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, July 29, 2019.

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 Julie Havens at julie.havens@illinois.gov or 217-785-9220.

The Heartsaver AED Fund Grant for FY 2020

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 2020.