Emergency Health Services (EHS)

Alberta ground and air ambulance personnel respond to medical emergencies and transfer patients between health care facilities.

EMS Practitioners in Alberta

There are three levels of emergency medical service practitioners providing services in Alberta. These are:

  1. Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)
  2. Primary Care Paramedic (PCP)
  3. Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP)

Ambulance standards and practices

Alberta Health sets and enforces standards and required practices for Alberta emergency medical services (EMS) / ambulance services.

The Emergency Health Services Act is the main legislation that governs the public EMS system.

All EMS providers must follow medical control protocols when providing care.

Ensuring public safety

An EMS consultant visits each air and ground ambulance provider in the province to confirm that they are complying with the legislation, regulations, policies and protocols established.

Alberta Health inspects EHS vehicles, medical supplies, and equipment. In addition, Alberta Health also "reviews operational policies and confirms that they are being followed."