The New Hampshire Emergency Medical and
Trauma Services Coordinating Board was created by statute
to oversee the administration and planning of a coordinated
statewide system of emergency medical patient care. The
22-member board represents various EMS-related organizations
in the state. Its members are appointed by Governor and
Duties of the Board include:
- Develop and update a statewide plan for the delivery
of emergency medical services.
- Routinely assess the delivery of care in the EMS
- Recommend to the Commissioner of Safety regulations
for governing the EMS system.
- Review and comment on proposed regulation changes
by the Commissioner of Safety.
- Designate, as requested, EMS Regions and Districts.
- Approve statewide trauma system procedures including
policies and minimum standards of system performance.
- Promote interstate cooperation of emergency medical
The following excerpt from the NH Revised
Statutes Annotated (RSA) describe the Board and its duties:
- 153-A:3 Emergency Medical and Trauma Services Coordinating
I. The emergency medical and trauma services coordinating
board is created, consisting of 22 members appointed
as set out in paragraphs II and III.
II. The governor shall appoint persons to the board
(a) One member from the New Hampshire Ambulance Association.
(b) One member from the New Hampshire chapter of the
American College of Emergency Physicians.
(c) One member from the New Hampshire Municipal Association.
(d) One member from the New Hampshire Hospital Association.
(e) One member from the New Hampshire Emergency Nurses
(f) One member from the American Red Cross.
(g) One member from the New Hampshire Heart Association.
(h) One member from the New Hampshire Association
of Fire Chiefs.
(i) One member from the New Hampshire Association
of Emergency Medical Technicians.
(j) One member from the New Hampshire Medical Society.
(k) One member from the New Hampshire Paramedic Association.
(l) One member from the Emergency Medical Services
Medical Control Board.
(m) One member from the Professional Firefighters
of New Hampshire.
(n) Three members from the general public, representing
geographic divisions of the state.
(o) One representative from the New Hampshire chapter
of the American College of Surgeons, Committee on
(p) One member from the New Hampshire chapter of the
Academy of Pediatrics.
(q) One representative from the Trauma Medical Review
committee established in RSA 153-A:8.
(r) One representative from the New Hampshire Association
of Rehabilitation Administrators.
(s) One representative from an organ/tissue donor
(t) One member from the New Hampshire fire standards
and training commission.
III. Each member from subparagraphs II(a)-(m) and
(o)-(t) shall be nominated by the appropriate organization
to the governor for appointment. The term of a member
shall be 3 years or until a successor is appointed
and qualified. The governor shall fill any vacancy
in the same manner as the original appointment.
In case of a vacancy other than by expiration of
the term, the appointment shall be for the balance
of the unexpired term and shall be considered a
term for the purposes of the limitation on terms.
No member shall serve more than 3 consecutive terms
or 9 consecutive years.
IV. The members of the board shall elect a chair and
a vice-chair who shall both serve for a term of
2 years. The director, or designee, shall serve
as a nonvoting member and shall be the executive
secretary of the board.
V. The board shall meet at least 4 times a year and
at the call of the chair.
VI. Members shall receive no compensation.
153-A:4 Powers and Duties of the Coordinating Board.
The board shall:
I. Develop and routinely update a plan for the operation
of a statewide system of emergency medical services
that reflects the abilities and needs of each municipality.
II. Routinely assess the delivery of emergency medical
services, based on information and data provided
by the department and from other sources the board
deems appropriate, with particular attention to
the quality and availability of care.
III. Review and offer comments on to the commissioner
recommendations for rules required and other such
rules as deemed necessary to carry out the purposes
of this chapter.
IV. Review and offer comments on rules proposed by
the commissioner prior to their adoption under RSA
V. Designate emergency medical services regions and
districts in the state, in accordance with RSA 153-A:6.
The council established for a region shall include
a New Hampshire licensed physician with a background
in emergency medicine.
VI. Approve statewide trauma policies, procedures,
and protocols of the statewide trauma system and
the establishment of minimum standards for system
performance and patient care proposed by the commissioner
prior to their adoption under RSA 541-A.
VII. Coordinate interstate cooperation and delivery
of emergency medical and trauma services.