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The purpose of the Ohio EMS grant program is to improve and enhance EMS and trauma patient care in the State of Ohio by providing grant funds to eligible applicants. There are six types of grants available from the Ohio Division of EMS. The EMS grant award year begins on July 1 and runs through June 30. The amount awarded for each category is determined by the Ohio EMS Board and by the amount of funds available from seat belt fines collected during the award year. Grant applications are available February 1st through 5 p.m. on April 1st. Notifications of awards are sent to grantees by June 30.
All EMS and trauma system grant funds are provided by the collection of seat belt fines in the State of Ohio. Section 4765.07 of the Ohio Revised Code defines the priority distribution of available funds for Ohio’s EMS and trauma system grant program.
(1) First priority shall be given to emergency medical service organizations for the training of personnel, for the purchase of equipment and vehicles, and to improve the availability, accessibility, and quality of emergency medical services in this state. In this category, the board shall give priority to grants that fund training and equipping of emergency medical service personnel.
(2) Second priority shall be given to entities that research, test, and evaluate medical procedures and systems related to adult and pediatric trauma care.
(3) Third priority shall be given to entities that research the causes, nature, and effects of traumatic injuries, educate the public about injury prevention, and implement, test, and evaluate injury prevention strategies.
(4) Fourth priority shall be given to entities that research, test, and evaluate procedures that promote the rehabilitation, retraining, and reemployment of adult or pediatric trauma victims and social service support mechanisms for adult or pediatric trauma victims and their families.
(5) Fifth priority shall be given to entities that conduct research on, test, or evaluate one or more of the following:
(a) Procedures governing the performance of emergency medical services in this state;
(b) The training of emergency medical service personnel;
(c) The staffing of emergency medical service organizations.
(6) Sixth priority for grants distributed for the grant award years occurring not later than the award year ending June 30, 2017, sixth priority shall be given to entities that operate paramedic training programs and are seeking national accreditation of the programs.
To be eligible for a grant distributed pursuant to division (A)(6) of this section 4765.07 of the Revised Code, an applicant for the grant shall meet all of the following conditions:
(1) Hold a certificate of accreditation issued by the board under section 4765.17 of the Revised Code to operate a paramedic training program;
(2) Be seeking initial national accreditation of the program from an accrediting organization approved by the board;
(3) Apply for the national accreditation on or after February 25, 2010.
Julie M. McQuade, Grants Administrator
Diane Walton, Grants Coordinator