National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Emergency Medical Committee

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Mission Statement

The Emergency Medical Committee (EMC) provides national leadership in incident emergency medical services (EMS) for wildland fire personnel. The EMC establishes NWCG standards that support rapid delivery of high quality emergency medical services on national interagency wildland fire incidents.

Primary Objectives

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  • Establish wildland fire EMS operations, staffing, and equipment standards.
  • Establish standards that enable system-wide accountability, including quality assurance, medical direction and oversight, provider credentialing, and records maintenance.
  • Facilitate national mobility and availability of wildland fire EMS personnel.
  • Establish standardized EMS data collection practices for wildland fire incidents.
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders among the federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial partners in support of wildland fire EMS standardization and improvement efforts.
  • Contribute to the standardization of information technology systems (such as FireNet, IROC, etc.) to collect and distribute data, processes, forms, and other operational elements.

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The NWCG EMC annually recognizes and honors individuals and/or organizations who have demonstrated outstanding work, actions, or programs in emergency medical service for our nation’s wildland firefighters.  

The five Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Award categories include:  

  • Outstanding Wildfire EMS Individual of the Year 
  • Outstanding Wildfire EMS Squad/Crew/Team of the Year 
  • Outstanding Wildfire EMS Distinguished Service of the Year 
  • Excellence in Wildfire Emergency Medical Service/Rescue 
  • Janette Peterson Lifetime Achievement in Wildfire Emergency Medical Service 

Read about the 2022 winners

Previous winners:

2023 Emergency Medical Service Award Nominations


Tyler McCowan
NWCG Coordinator: 
Katy O'Hara
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