Emergency Medical Systems Bureau
The Emergency Medical Systems Bureau (EMSB) is designated as the lead agency for the emergency medical services system, including injury prevention, and establishes and maintains programs for regional planning and development, improvement, expansion and direction of emergency medical services throughout the state. The EMSB accomplishes these goals through the provision, design, development and implementation of various programs and initiatives.
These initiatives include the Administration of EMS Fund Act, EMS Communication Systems, Certification of Ambulance Services, Certification of EMS Programs, Statewide collection of data with the New Mexico EMS Tracking & Reporting System (NMEMSTARS), Adoption of Rules for EMS, Approval of EMS Continuing Education & Training Programs, Licensing of EMS personnel, Authorization for Providers to honor Advance Directives such as Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) and Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (MOST), Operation of Critical Incident Stress Management program, establishment of statewide Trauma Care system, and adoption of EMS Stroke/STEMI (STEMI) program.
Carfentanil Safety Alert
Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid approximately 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl. The presence of carfentanil in illicit U.S. drug markets is cause for concern, as the relative strength of this drug could lead to an increase in overdoses and overdose-related deaths, even among opioid-tolerant users.
Please read the Carfentanil Safety Alert for more details.
EMS Fund Act FY18 Special Projects
We are now accepting applications for FY18 special projects which include vehicle purchase, local system improvement, and statewide system improvement. Visit our Fund Act page for instructions and applications.
2017 Renewal Applications
We will begin accepting 2017 Renewal Applications August 1, 2016. Beat the rush and get them in early. Visit our Licensing page for more information.
Background Checks Required
Background checks are now required on every initial licensure. Background checks for renewal of licensure will be completed on every other license renewal period (every 4 years). Due to the volume of background checks to be processed, fingerprint backgrounds are required. Visit the Background Screening section of our licensing page to learn more.
Automatic External Defibrillators
New Mexico State Police have now equipped their patrol units with Automatic External Defibrillators (AED). This is an integral part of the Department of Public Safety (DPS) mission assisting in the early recognition and treatment of cardiac emergencies.
Often times State Police are first on the scene of a medical emergency incident before fire and rescue or EMS, with the addition of AEDs to their units, the chances of individuals surviving sudden cardiac events is greatly increased.
The EMSB recognizes the DPS for their role in first response and the cardiac arrest chain of survival. Visit our Targeted Cardiac Response page to learn more about AED regulations and AED program registration.
- NMSA 1978 §§ 24-10B - Emergency Medical Services Act
- NMAC 7.27.3 - Medical Direction for Emergency Medical Services
EMT License Plate
If you possess a current Emergency Medical Service (EMS) certificate, you can apply to don this special license plate on your vehicle. Beyond the customary registration fee, there is an extra fee to obtain these special EMT plates. Fill out the EMS License Plate Order Form to get your special plates today!