EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES
I Liheslaturan Guåhan (the Guam Legislature) has declared that “emergency medical services is a matter of vital concern affecting the public health, safety and welfare of the people of Guam”; and that the government of Guam shall “establish, promote and maintain a comprehensive emergency medical services system throughout Guam [that] will provide for the arrangement of personnel, facilities, and equipment for the effective and coordinated delivery of health care services under emergency conditions, whether occurring as the result of a patient’s condition or of natural disasters or other causes.” I Liheslaturan Guåhan has further declared that “[t]he system shall also provide for personnel, personnel training, communications, emergency transportation, facilities, coordination with emergency medical and critical care services, coordination and use of available public safety agencies, promotion of consumer participation, accessibility to care, mandatory standard medical recordkeeping, consumer information and education, independent review and evaluation, disaster linkage, mutual aid agreements, and other components necessary to meet” the emergency medical services needs of the island, and that people should be encouraged and trained to assist others at the scene of a medical emergency[,] and that the local government, agencies, and other organizations [should] be encouraged to offer training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and lifesaving first aid techniques so that people may be adequately trained, prepared, and encouraged to assist others immediately” 10 GCA § 84101.
The Guam Fire Department is recognized as the designated central agency for the overall operation of the island’s enhanced 911 emergency medical services system.
Among its other duties and responsibilities, the Office of Emergency Medical Services and the Guam Emergency Medical Services Commission certify, license, and regulate Emergency Medical Responder (EMR); Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B); Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate/Advance (EMT-(I)(A); Emergency Medical Technician-Outreach (EMT-O), Advance Life Support (ALS); and Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P). The Office of EMS and EMS Commission are also responsible for determining that the operation of training programs comply with the law.
The Commission is composed of eighteen members seventeen of whom are appointed by I Maga’Låhen (the Governor) and shall serve at the governor’s pleasure from each of the following organizations or groups. Of the eighteen members, eleven are voting members and seven are non-voting members: two representatives from the Guam Fire Department: one Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B), and one EMT-Intermediate, or Paramedic certified/licensed to practice within Guam; one representative from the Guam Fire Department E911 Bureau; one representative from the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority: Emergency Room Nurse licensed to practice within Guam; one representative from the Guam Community College School of Allied Health; one representative from the Department of Public Works Office of Highway Safety, to serve on the Commission in a non-voting capacity; one representative from the Department of Public Health and Social Services; one representative from Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense, to serve on the Commission in a non-voting capacity; one representative from Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier; one representative from the Guam Police Department; one representative who is a pediatrician with unlimited medical license to practice within Guam; one physician with unlimited medical license to practice within Guam engaged in the conduct and delivery of the practice of emergency medical services.
This board serves and provide licensing and services to the following:
- Emergency Medical Dispatcher (EMD)
- Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)
- Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
- Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT)
Board Contact information:
Zennia C. Pecina, MSN, RN
Breanna B.F. Sablan
EMS Secretary and EMSC Program Manager
Sharon M. Manibusan
EMSC Community Program Aide I