When medical emergencies happen, EMS is often the first to respond to the patient in need. In Ohio, this help could respond from a department that offers both fire and EMS services, but, quite often, EMS is the sole focus of the responding agency.


Public EMS ONLY (“third service”) departments are located throughout Ohio, sometimes covering the entire county, sometimes citywide coverage, and sometimes serving combined regions or specially-created EMS Districts. 


The Ohio EMS Chiefs Association represents the leadership and crews of public, EMS-only departments in the state legislature, on national EMS boards, and much more. 


Our goal is to provide a sustained and collective voice to our elected officials, professional associations, and the general public about the needs and continued viability of third service EMS.


We also strive to provide career and volunteer EMS chiefs, chief officers, and managers with innovation and leadership through vision, information, education, services, and representation to enhance their professionalism and capabilities.


Why does the Ohio EMS Chiefs Association exist?


According to the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Department Census, only 20% of the 26,482 Fire Departments in the United States provide EMS and only 55% of Ohio’s 1,143 registered fire departments provide ambulance service.


OEMSCA provides meaningful representation for leadership of “third service” EMS departments (public EMS agencies) in the state of Ohio, allowing our voices to be heard alongside fire departments that provide EMS and the private ambulance companies.