EMS for Children

What is the Maine EMS for Children (EMS-C) Program?

In 1984, Congress signed into law the federal Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMS-C) Program. The goal of EMS-C is to reduce pediatric mortality and morbidity across the nation by ensuring appropriate and effective pediatric emergency care. The EMS-C Program is administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).It is the only federal program focused on the emergency care needs of America’s children. Whether in times of a disaster or an everyday emergency, the HRSA EMS-C Program supports every state, U.S. territory and freely associated state to provide the right care, in the right place, at the right time for every child. Since its inception, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, five U.S. territories, and three freely associated states have received funding from the Federal Program.

The Maine EMS-C program focuses collaboratively with Maine EMS services, providers emergency departments and hospital personnel to encourage preparation, education and care for those 18 and under.  We work within a federally defined set of performance measures that strike a balance between EMS, hospital and long term resourcing of the State for pediatric response, care and transport.

  1. EMS-C Performance Measures Summary (PDF)
  2. EMS for Children Program Performance Measures Manual (PDF)
  3. Maine EMS-C Overview (PPT) and Maine EMS-C Overview (PDF)
  4. EMS-C Advisory Committee Overview (PDF)

National Pediatric Readiness Assessment - stay tuned for future assessment date


Safe Transport of Children By EMS


Resources for Families and Caregivers

Maine Pediatric Run Report Data

State & Local Partners

Federal Partners

Reference Resources

Maine EMS makes no recommendations on any particular products or procedures.

Clinical Resources

Disaster Resources

If you would like a manual or resource added, please email marc.a.minkler@maine.gov