New State EMS Regulations Have Been Signed!

As you may have already heard, the State EMS Regulations have been signed and will go into effect on August 21st.  What does this mean?

Well, first, none of the changes to current Scope of Practice and instructor certification will go into effect until we have completed a rollout of the changes.  The Governor's Advisory Council has appoint a Task Force to develop the new curriculum, the instructor rollout, and a timeline to accomplish this.  This Task Force is working diligently to complete these tasks.

The State EMS Office will be forwarding a Fact Sheet on the regulations and the rollout in the next few weeks.  For the answers to the most commonly asked questions:

1) When will the class curriculum change? 
For now and through the end of the year, the old curriculum will be used.  The testing process will not be updated until the curriculum has been changed, so continue to teach pre-regulation change information.  Students taking classes through the end of the year will be certified at the pre-regulation level Scope of Practice.

2)Will current EMT's that have advanced scope (670 Expanded Scope Authorization) that includes the skills of the new Scope of Practice be grandfathered in? 
This process is still being determined.  At present, if you have a 670 Expanded Scope Authorization, your providers will continue to practice at that level, with those skills (even if they are not part of the new scope of practice) until State sets a deadline for required transition to the new levels.  Current discussion is a 2 year transition period.

3) When can our providers practice at the level of the new Scope of Practice? 
After they have successfully completed the transition course and/or competency verification process.  The Task Force hopes to have instructor Rollout starting in January 2020, with provider transitions after that.

If you have other questions regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact me or Todd McDowell at



 A communication workshop for first responders

 Please see attached for information on a three-day, complimentary training addressing trauma fatigue for those whose job confronts substance misuse in high stress situations.

Core Concepts training will help you:
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•  Learn more about Alaska’s communities from multiple perspectives

Upcoming trainings:

May 1-3, 2019 – Wasilla

June 10-12, 2019 – Anchorage

July 17-19, 2019 – Kenai

July 31-Aug 2, 2019 – Juneau

Aug 28-30, 2019 – Fairbanks

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The ACEMS Implementation Task Force, tasked with developing the implementation process for the soon to be approved EMS Regulation changes, is in need  of more members.  ACEMS has reopened its application site and if you are interested in helping with the development of EMT 1, 2, 3 or AK-AEMT, AK Instructor, and AK Instructor Coordinator objectives and transition bridge courses, please submit an application at the following link: 
This is a time-intensive process, work-groups meet regularly and the Task Force meets every other week, via teleconference to work on this important process.  We need dedicated EMS providers,  instructors, and administrators to help make this transition process go smoothly.

DHSS Newsletter

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services now issues a monthly newsletter that provides some great information.
Check out the September DHSS Newsletter by following this link:
EMS Vitals
To Subscribe to their monthly newsletter please go here: Subscribe. Here is a how to guide for assistance with your subscription


EMS World Article on Alaska! Check this out!


Alaska Job Opportunities


Save the Dates!!
44th SREMSC EMS Symposium:
Oct 29th - Nov 1st 2019
Anchorage Alaska


Save the Dates!!
IREMSC Symposium:
March 25th-28th, 2020
Fairbanks Alaska


Save the Dates!!
SEREMSC Symposium:
March 25th- 29th, 2020
Sitka Alaska


NEW INTERIOR REGIONAL AND FNSB STANDING ORDERS. The Standing order for FNSB and the Interior Region have just been updated.  Here is the link:  FNSB & IREMSC Regional Standing Orders Updated 1/11/17

Explanation Sheet of 2016 Changes

Errata Sheet of 2017 Changes

If you would like us to add any information to our website or should you come across any errors/issues; Please contact Brenda Fifield at 907-456-3978 or email



Our Mission

The Interior Region EMS Council strives to reduce the human and economic costs of accidents and illnesses through continual improvement of emergency care and education.

Our Goals

Training: To provide and facilitate appropriate and sustainable training for EMS providers and the public in the region.

Data Collection: To Promote Research and Data Collection Relevant to EMS.

Equipment: To provide appropriate and sustainable equipment for EMS providers and systems in the region and to serve as a regional center for distribution of surplus equipment.

Communications: To promote adequate EMS communications systems throughout the region for EMS providers and the public.

Community Outreach: To educate and promote awareness of EMS issues and systems on the part of the public, policy makers and EMS services and develop new and maintain existing EMS systems in the region