The Department of Health is the lead agency for emergency medical services (EMS) in South Dakota.

The EMS Program is responsible for:

  • Improving access to quality emergency medical services in South Dakota
  • Providing technical assistance to ambulance services and providers
  • Partnering with industry stakeholders
  • Collecting and reporting EMS data
  • Licensing ambulance services

South Dakota EMS Laws & Regulations

Click the links below to view South Dakota Codified Law or Administrative Rule related to Emergency Medical Services:

  • Ambulance Services SDCL 34-11 - Defines the licensing and regulation of ambulance services applicable to; license application, driver and attendant certification, trip records, and gives authority to promulgate rules pertaining to the operation of ambulance services, etc.
  • Ambulance Districts SDCL 34-11A - Defines the process of establishing and maintaining an Ambulance District.
  • EMS Laws SDCL 22-46-9 Defines mandatory reporting of abuse.
  • SDCL 26-8A-3 - Persons required to report child abuse or neglected child.
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation/Do Not Resuscitate Orders SDCL 34-12F - Defines terms and criteria for DNR Directives.
  • ARSD 44:05 - Defines operational requirements of an ambulance service.
  • ARSD 44:05:01 - Defines terms used in 44:05
  • ARSD 44:05:02 - Fees and compliance with rules, expiration and renewal of licenses, revocation or suspension of license and license display.****
  • ARSD 44:05:03 - Personnel Requirements - defines driver and attendant requirements, response times, ambulance inspections, and safety restraints.
  • ARSD 44:05:04 - Vehicle Requirements - defines types of permitted vehicles, equipment and radio requirements, and disinfection and/or disposal requirements.
  • ARSD 44:05:05 - Air Ambulances - defines the criteria and certificates for aircraft along with required equipment support equipment.
  • ARSD 44:05:06 - Advanced directives regarding cardiopulmonary resuscitation, also known as Do Not Resuscitate orders.

Advanced Life Support

  • South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners
  • Advanced Life Support SDCL 36-4B - Defines licensing and regulation of Advanced Life Support applicable to educational programs, license applications, student status, permitted practices, immunity, and professional conduct; and gives authority to promulgate rules pertaining to advanced life support programs.
  • ARSD 20:61 - Defines application process and content of Advanced Life Support (ALS) personnel.
  • South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners Administrative rules - ARSD 20:78