Emergency Medical Services & Trauma Program

Find information on emergency medical services (EMS) in South Dakota, including licensing and certification requirements, BLS education, and additional EMS and trauma resources.

The EMS and Trauma Program is dedicated to improving access to quality emergency medical services throughout South Dakota. Browse resources and feel free to contact EMS and trauma representatives with any questions.

The EMS and Trauma Program is responsible for:

  • Providing technical assistance to ambulance services and providers
  • Partnering with industry stakeholders
  • Collecting and reporting EMS data
  • Licensing ambulance services
  • Certifying Emergency Medical Responders and Emergency Medical Technicians
  • Approving BLS education for EMS providers

Celebrate EMS Week!

This EMS Week (May 19-25), the South Dakota Department of Health invites you to recognize the lifesaving work of EMS professionals. Engage your kids with our EMS-themed coloring and activity pages, designed to educate and inspire young minds about emergency services. Once your child finishes their masterpiece, share it with community EMS providers to brighten their day.

Download Coloring & Activity Pages