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Emergency Medical Services

The primary mission of the Coast Guard Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program is the preservation of life and the provision of emergency medical care.  EMS provides out-of-hospital acute care and transport to definitive care, for patients with illnesses and injuries that constitute a medical emergency with support of highly trained professionals including volunteer and career prehospital personnel, physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, therapists, administrators, and government officials.