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ACEMS was established in the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) by Alaska Statute (AS) 18.08.020. The purpose of the council is to advise the Commissioner and Governor with regard to the planning and implementation of a statewide EMS system. ACEMS provides recommendations related to all aspects of EMS, including distribution of funding, and policy development to the DHSS Commissioner and expert input on EMS systems to DHSS staff.

Upcoming ACEMS Meetings

The Alaska Council of EMS (ACEMS) will be meeting to discuss improvements and changes to the system in regards to training, certification, and testing in Alaska.

  • November 2, 2018, 9am Teleconference;
  • January 31, 2019 - February 1, 2019, in Juneau;
  • May 3, 2019, 9am Teleconference; and
  • August 2, 2019, 9am Teleconference.

Recruiting Task Force Members

In anticipation of a future rollout of Alaska’s new scope of practice and the addition of the AEMT level. The Governor’s Alaska Council of EMS seeks certified State of Alaska Advanced Level EMS Instructors and subject matter experts to volunteer on a Task Force to assist with the following tasks:

  • Assist in developing an implementation strategy/process for the new State of Alaska EMS Scope of Practice as developed by the ACEMS Medical Director’s Committee and approved by ACEMS;
  • Review and recommend educational enhancements to the EMT-1, EMT-2, EMT-3, (proposed) Advanced EMT and Instructor certification levels; and

  • Develop, edit or amend documents such as the Guide for Education Certification and Licensure, national education learning objectives, and/or lesson plans that update instructors and providers to proposed standards and specifically 2018 State of Alaska EMS Scope of Practice.
To apply for the ACEMS Task Force or for further information please refer to the application which can be found here. All applications are due September 3, 2018.

Contact Todd McDowell with questions. Your participation is encouraged.



ACEMS shall support and strengthen the existing system of emergency medical services and promote the full integration of EMS into the larger system of healthcare delivery.


EMS shall be recognized as an essential public function intersecting public health, public safety, and healthcare.  The work of the Council shall ensure access to timely, affordable and high-quality pre-hospital emergency care services.


Working together to improve Emergency Medical Services throughout Alaska. 

Pillars for Sustainability

  • Communication: within and across stakeholders 
  • Standards and Guidelines: for patient care and responder safety 
  • Equipment and Resources: to optimize patient outcomes
  • Workforce Development: to ensure the availability of quality patient care
  • Financial and Systems Viability: of the EMS system
  • Evaluation: to ensure continual systems improvement


  • Reimbursement and Financing
  • Restoration, Restructuring, and Coordination of Services
  • Recruitment and Retention