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The Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS) brings lifesaving, emergency medical care to the Commonwealth by certifying and licensing Emergency Medical Personnel, while also establishing standards for the education and training of Emergency Medical Services Personnel.  In addition, KBEMS licenses all Ambulance Services in the state of Kentucky.  As of 2017, there were 632 Emergency Medical Responders, 9,081 Emergency Medical Technicians, 102 Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians, 3,632 Paramedics and 220 Licensed Services active in Kentucky.

KBEMS Services include:

Additionally, KBEMS is a participant in the EMS for Children (EMSC) Program, a federally-funded initiative that provides funding for statewide efforts aimed at improving emergency medical care for children. The Kentucky EMSC project encourages providers to improve their pediatric skills and increase public awareness regarding the health and safety of children.

Click Here for detailed information regarding the KBEMS ByLaws.

Mission Statement

KBEMS mission is to ensure availability of high quality emergency medical services for Kentucky through collaboration with EMS providers by:

  • Ensuring quality, competent EMS care through effective oversight, communication and education;
  • Advancing professionalism of EMS providers;
  • Promoting health and safety of patients and EMS providers;
  • Providing leadership for EMS.

Vision Statement

Through transparent practices, KBEMS will ensure and promote high quality emergency medical care across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.


  • Integrity; High quality care; Quality of education; Competent staff; Accountability of board, services and individuals; Being proactive, not reactive;vHighly motivated and progressive board;vAdvancement of EMS profession;vCitizen and provider safety; Ethical standards in dealing with issues

Kentucky EMS Oath

As a member of Kentucky’s Emergency Medical Services community, I pledge that I will strive to:

Alleviate suffering, promote health, and do no harm;

Maintain professional competence and demonstrate concern for the competence of my peers;

Refuse to participate in illegal or unethical activity, and expose the same when engaged in by others;

Advocate for my patients, my colleagues, and my profession;

Continuously improve my knowledge, skill, and abilities so that I can serve the public exceptionally.

Download the KY EMS Oath here.