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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 Maeve McClellan, Hospital Technical Assistance Specialist, | | 503-494-4450 | toll-free 866-674-4376.

Apple A Day Campaign

The Oregon Office of Rural Health, through its Apple A Day campaign, raises funds to help these volunteers pay for their EMS training. We have had great success and raised $85,000 during the campaign’s first five years which has been distributed to 169 rural Oregon EMS volunteers for their continuing education! 

Learn more about ORH's Apple A Day Campaign.

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.

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 Emergency Medical Service Providers at providing high quality EMS.

Rural EMS Yahoo Discussion Group

Oregon Volunteer Firefighters Association