Emergency services refer to the group of personnel who respond to emergencies. The personnel that comprise emergency services include pre-hospital clinicians, such as emergency medical responders (EMRs), emergency medical technicians (EMTs), advanced EMTs (AEMTs), and paramedics. Beyond the medical field, emergency services can also include police officers, firefighters, and other rescue personnel.
Emergency services evaluate and manage patients with medical conditions and acute trauma outside the hospital. One of the major roles of emergency services is to respond to disasters and aid communities through recovery.
Emergency services do not operate independently, instead integrating with public safety, public health, and emergency management departments.
When emergency services are called to a scene, they are responsible for:
assessing the scene
triaging and treating patients
performing initial disease surveillance