Emergency Medical Services


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2.2Incorporated Materials


2.4Confidentiality Provisions

2.5Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Practitioners

2.6Emergency Medical Services Instructor-Coordinators (EMS IC)

2.7Ambulance Services

2.8Ambulance Vehicles

2.9Exceptions to Licensure Requirements

2.10Licensing Requirements for EMS Training Institutions


2.12Minimum Equipment Requirements for Ambulance Vehicles

Title 216 Department of Health
Chapter 20 Community Health
Subchapter 10 Screening, Medical Services, and Reporting
Part 2 Emergency Medical Services
Type of Filing Amendment
Regulation Status Inactive
Effective 01/14/2022 to 04/13/2022

Regulation Authority:

R.I. Gen. Laws § § 23-4.1-10(B)

Purpose and Reason:

This rule is being promulgated to permit EMS Practitioners to be employed by a health care facility during the COVID-19 emergency. 

Brief statement of Reason for Finding Imminent Peril:

On March 9, 2020, Governor Gina Raimondo declared a state of emergency for the State of Rhode Island “due to the dangers to health and life posed by COVID-19.” Seventeen months later, on August 19, 2021, Governor Daniel McKee declared a further state of emergency “due to the dangers to health and life posed by the [COVID-19] Delta Variant and other emerging [COVID-19] variants.” As of October 15, 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the State’s health care system, gravely exacerbating a pre-existing shortage of health care workers, including emergency medical services personnel. The lack of emergency medical services personnel jeopardizes the ability of the State’s health care system to provide critical care. This emergency regulation is meant to avoid the imminent peril posed by the lack of staff for private ambulances for basic life support transportation, which has severely impacted the ability of hospitals to discharge patients in a in a timely manner, thus not allowing patients to be admitted to the hospital from the emergency department.