Emergency Medical Services

Metro Region EMS System provides a forum where the public, private and non-profit sectors can meet to create long-term visions for EMS in the ten county metro area of Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, and Washington counties.

The Metro Region EMS System and its committees proposes, reviews and recommends standards and procedures which coordinates and improves emergency medical services in the metro area and conceives and adopts plans to ensure a coordinated and effective response to multiple casualty incidents and special events regardless of hazards and cause, either natural or man-made.

Metro Region EMS System’s core mission is to provide training, competence, commitment, cooperation, and regional EMS coordination in order to maintain an effective and efficient regional EMS response in the wake of any disaster, through ongoing collaboration with state, county, and local emergency management, public safety, public health and healthcare provider agencies. The Metro Region EMS System sustains and supports several regional capabilities to provide EMS surge capacity, upon request, to the metropolitan region, the State of Minnesota and other state or federal jurisdictions. Metro Region EMS System maintains the capability to support and coordinate a response strategy with other regional EMS systems in Minnesota for EMS surge capacity through continued development of regional components of the Minnesota Ambulance Strike Team (MNAST), including support equipment purchases and maintenance. The Metro-based EMS Regional Coordination Center offers 24/7 on-call staffing for regional EMS multi-agency coordination (MAC) that may also be used for state EMS coordination. The EMSMAC function provides a real-time, reliable system for EMS resource allocation during mass casualty incidents and large scale, multi-jurisdictional events.

The Metro Region EMS System is a member of the Metro Health & Medical Preparedness Coalition. The signed agreement indicates EMS’s commitment to plan and respond together.