EMSC Mission

EMSC promotes awareness of the needs of children in emergency care and makes resources available to Emergency Medical Services and other health care personnel.

Our mission is to ensure that children receive emergency services that are:

  • Appropriate and adequate to their needs
  • Carried out in a coordinated way by well-trained and well-equipped providers at every level of the health care system
  • Fully integrated within the statewide EMS system

EMSC works to develop care models that are family centered and sensitive to the needs of high-risk children, including children with complex medical conditions.

EMSC Goals and Objectives

The overall goal of Massachusetts EMSC is to ensure the delivery of state-of-the art emergency medical services to all children in a coordinated and efficient manner in order to reduce mortality and morbidity resulting from illness or trauma.

Our objectives include:

  • The development of standards in pediatric care and equipment, and the integration of these standards into the greater Massachusetts EMS system
  • Support for training in pediatric care for EMS providers who treat children in order to increase their level of knowledge and skills
  • Guidance for primary care pediatricians and family practice physicians in order to assure that their offices are ready for emergencies
  • Guidelines for pediatric care in hospital emergency departments
  • Guidelines for emergency readiness in Massachusetts schools
  • Assistance to families of children with special health care needs in the development of emergency readiness plans for their children


This information is provided by the Injury Prevention and Control Program within the Department of Public Health.