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The Oregon Office of Rural Health supports Oregon's rural EMS agencies in meeting their mission and the needs of their communities.

As part of the mission of the Flex Program our office is dedicated to helping rural communities improve their access to quality Emergency Medical Services. Below are the activities that we are currently pursuing to support Oregon's rural EMS agencies.

For more information on any of these activities please contact Robert Duehmig, or 503-494-4450.

Oregon EMS and Trauma Systems Program

2009 Mitchell EMS Video

The RHCC tasked ORH with producing a short video demonstrating the challenges rural volunteer EMS agencies face. The video embedded below illustrates these challenges as faced by the all-volunteer staff in Mitchell.

Summer 2009 EMS Simulation

For photos from a Summer 2009 EMS Simulation, please click here.

Oregon’s Personal Income Tax Credit for Rural Volunteer EMTs

The 2005 Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill 31 which grants up to $250 in personal income tax credits, beginning with tax year 2006, to eligible EMTs who volunteer their services to rural Oregon communities.

For more information visit the Oregon Rural Volunteer EMT Tax Credit page.

EMT/EMS Survey Poster

2007 EMS Poster

Please click on the image above for larger image in Adobe Acrobat (pdf) format.

Resources for EMS Agencies

The National Rural Health Association along with the National Association of State EMS Officials is collecting information to bring to a national level of attention your issues, barriers, best practices (actually implemented or currently contemplated), or ideas/priorities concerning the provision of EMS in rural/frontier America.

Oregon State Paramedic Association. This web site provides information, promotes communication, shares ideas, and encourages and assists First Responders and Emergency Medical Technicians at providing high quality EMS.

Rural EMS Yahoo Discussion Group

Oregon Volunteer Firefighters Association