Through a grant issued every two years by the EMSRB, the eight Minnesota Regional EMS Systems serve in a role that impacts the health and welfare of Minnesota citizens and are vital to the integrity of the state’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system. In 1985, the Minnesota Legislature responded to the need for coordination and improvement of the EMS system through the passage of the Minnesota EMS System Support Act. This support act provides the base funding to develop, maintain, and improve the regional EMS system. Particular emphasis is given to supporting and improving emergency trauma and cardiac care and training.
The general purpose of the grant program is to:
- promote systematic, cost-effective delivery of emergency medical care throughout the state;
- identify common local, regional, and state emergency medical system needs and providing assistance in addressing those needs;
- provide discretionary grants for emergency medical service projects with potential region wide significance;
- provide for public education about emergency medical care;
- promote the exchange of emergency medical care information;
- ensure the ongoing coordination of regional emergency medical services systems;
- and establish and maintain training standards to ensure consistent quality of emergency medical services throughout the state.
Since their inception, the EMS Regional Systems have created programs that have improved the availability, capability and access to emergency medical care for all Minnesotans. Evidence of the success of the regional model for this work is demonstrated through many notable accomplishments including:
- Support of required certification and recertification training for EMS personnel reducing the cost barrier to recruitment and retention
- Fund projects for local EMS agencies to purchase patient care, communications and tactical equipment that broaden the capabilities of care providers
- Support the EMSMACC effort to provide effective coordination of EMS and serve as an interface with hospitals to ensure definitive care resources are maximized
- Provide subject matter expertise in planning work groups that enhance the delivery of care during disasters, incidents and events of public significance (Examples include: Ebola Planning, Crisis Standards of Care, Burn Surge, EMS Education)
- Provide subject matter expertise for response drills reducing the planning costs incurred by local agencies
- Act as a central hub for special training initiatives to enhance public safety activities such as Stroke/STEMI, Narcan (Naloxone) and LUCAS Device rollouts