The mission of the California Emergency Medical Services Authority is to ensure quality patient care by administering an effective, statewide system of coordinated emergency medical care, injury prevention, and disaster medical response.
Prior to 1980, California did not have a central state agency responsible for ensuring the development and coordination of EMS services and programs statewide. Although the many stakeholders in EMS, including local administrators, fire agencies, ambulance companies, hospitals, physicians, nurses, and other health care providers did not agree on many issues, there was a consensus that a more unified approach to emergency and disaster medical services was needed. Thus, as the result of several years of effort by the EMS constituents to establish a state lead agency and centralized resource to over see emergency and disaster medical services, the Emergency Medical Services System and Prehospital Emergency Care Personnel Act (SB 125) was passed, creating the Emergency Medical Services Authority and adding Division 2.5 to the Health and Safety Code (Sections 1797-1799). The EMS Authority is one of thirteen departments within California's Health and Human Services Agency.
The EMS Authority is charged with providing leadership in developing and implementing EMS systems throughout California and setting standards for the training and scope of practice of various levels of EMS personnel. The EMS Authority also has responsibility for promoting disaster medical preparedness throughout the state, and, when required, managing the state's medical response to major disasters. Emergency and disaster medical services in California are rooted in the skills and commitment of the first responders, EMTs, nurses, physicians, and administrators who deliver care to the public and operate the system. In order for high quality services to be delivered with high efficiency, all aspects of EMS systems must work together, mutually reinforcing and supporting each other for the benefit of the patient. The California EMS Authority, through standard setting, consensus building, and leadership, plays a central role in improving the quality of emergency medical services available for all California