An agency wishing to provide EMS in Pennsylvania must be licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health-Bureau of EMS in order to do so. The licensure application is an electronic platform that captures agency information, staffing plan, staff roster, location and level of services offered, and a number of other agency specific parameters.
The Field Services Division processes licensure applications and performs the required licensure inspections, which focus on verifying that agency, vehicle, equipment, supply and staff requirements are met. Each EMS agency and EMS vehicle is required to be isnpected at least once every three years. An EMS agency license is valid for a period of three years and must be renewed prior to the three year expiration, unless there are significant operational changes in the interim that warrant an amendment.
The current EMS agency licensure levels include: Quick Response Service (QRS), Basic Life Support (BLS) Ambulance, BLS Squad, Intermediate Advanced Life Support (IALS) Ambullance, IALS Squad, Advanced Life Support (ALS) Ambulance, ALS Squad, Air Ambulance, and Critical Care Transport (CCT). An agency may hold licensure at multiple levels, depending on the services it offers.