The Bureau of Emergency Medical Services works cooperatively with all levels of government and the private sector to assure that residents and visitors to New Hampshire, who become ill or injured, will be given the most appropriate emergency medical care as quickly as possible. Like all other public services in New Hampshire, EMS depends largely on the active participation and support of local communities as well as the state’s 26 acute-care hospitals.
The Bureau is currently comprised of four field offices and a central office in Concord (locations). Field offices are located in Gorham, Epping, Lebanon, and Wilton. Staff in the Concord office oversee system wide training, licensing, trauma, and information services. Field office staff maintain open lines of communication among the various geographic regions of the state and with the Bureau office. The Bureau also serves as the lead agency for the New Hampshire CODES project, a program whose goal is to reduce the frequency and severity of motor vehicle crash-related injuries.
In addition to regular direct contacts with field providers and local communities, Bureau staff provide technical assistance and support to the EMS Regional Councils, Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Coordinating Board, the Medical Control Board, and the Trauma Medical Review Committee, who oversee the statewide provision of prehospital patient care.