Emergency Health Services (EHS)

Alberta ground and air ambulance personnel respond to over 370,000 events each year. These events include both responding to medical emergencies and transferring patients between health care facilities.

Levels of EMS Practitioners in Alberta

The three levels of EMS Practitioners providing services in Alberta are:

  1. Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) PDF icon
  2. Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) PDF icon
  3. Emergency Medical Technologist Paramedic (EMT-P) PDF icon 

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."