Act 17 of 2020 amended the EMS System Act to permit the Department of Health to grant exceptions to the ambulance staffing standard for Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulances for agencies not licensed to provide service higher than the BLS level. The Bureau of EMS has established a process and criteria for accepting and reviewing these exception requests from EMS agencies.

A resources page with all program guidance, criteria, and application instructions has been created and can be found at

For more information, please visit the EMS Bulletin section by clicking the PA EMS Bureau link in the upper right of the home page