EMS-Trauma Systems

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Welcome to the home page of the DSHS program that regulates EMS and trauma systems in Texas. This website contains information about EMS certification and licensure, trauma designation, how to contact us and more.  Sign up to receive announcements by email regarding the EMS Trauma Systems program. This feature will serve as a tool to increase communication with stakeholders regarding new information added to the website.

Team Texas EMS Careers and Opportunities

The Team Texas EMS website provides information and resources on exciting career opportunities in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) industry.

Here you will find:  

  • EMS Employment and Education Opportunities
  • Why Join Team Texas EMS?
  • EMS Education, Training and Certification
  • EMS Education and Training Scholarship
  • A Look at EMS in Texas

View a special edition of Texas EMS Trauma News featuring: Team Texas EMS

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Updates

EMS staffing waivers end November 25, 2022 

The COVID-19 pandemic began almost three years ago, and agencies have made significant progress to address staffing. The staffing waiver, which previously had been extended, will expire on November 25, 2022.   

For entities who may need additional time to resolve staffing issues, Texas Health and Safety Code §773.052, provides a process to grant a variance to an emergency medical services provider with a specific hardship. A currently licensed emergency medical services provider may apply to the department for a hardship variance from a rule adopted if they meet certain criteria. 
You can find more information on the variance process and a link to the application here.  

COVID-19 Facility Designation Information Updated May 12, 2021

Due to postponement of onsite reviews, and increased demands on hospitals due to COVID-19, facilities may consider requesting an extension to their designation expiration date. Please review the guidance document and contact our office at DSHS.EMS-TRAUMA@dshs.texas.gov.     



Last updated November 14, 2022