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Inventory of the California Emergency Medical Services Authority Records
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Description
The California Emergency Medical Services Authority, EMSA, is one of 13 departments within the California Health and Human Services Agency and administers the statewide system of coordinated emergency medical care, injury prevention, and disaster medical response. The records of the California Emergency Medical Services Authority include 20.5 cubic feet of textual records from 1975 to 1991, concerning the establishment and development of the EMSA and the development of procedures and guidelines for the California EMS system.
Background
The California Emergency Medical Services Authority, EMSA, is one of 13 departments within the California Health and Human Services Agency and administers the statewide system of coordinated emergency medical care, injury prevention, and disaster medical response. Prior to 1980, no organization like this one existed and previous efforts were handled by various state and local agencies. These agencies were divided on many issues but agreed that a unified approach towards emergency and disaster services was needed. SB 215, (Chapter 1260, Statutes of 1980), created the Emergency Medical Services System and Prehospital Emergency Care Act of 1980, which authorized the designation of local Emergency Medical Services agencies and systems and created the Emergency Medical Services Authority. The EMSA was to establish statewide standards for prehospital emergency medical care personnel and the California Emergency Medical Services system. EMSA promotes disaster medical preparedness throughout California and, when required, manages the state's medical response to major disasters. It provides statewide coordination and leadership for planning, development, and implementation of the 32 local EMS systems that provide medical services for California's 58 counties. The EMSA also establishes the standards, training, and scope of practice for various levels of prehospital EMS personnel.
Extent
20.5 cubic feet of textual records
Restrictions
For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the California State Archives. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the California State Archives as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement which may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives collections.
Availability
Collection is open for research.