Mission & History

2023 - 2024 Strategic Goals

The Wisconsin EMS Association (WEMSA) represents and supports the views and interests of our membership in Wisconsin communities by promoting education, sharing information, and facilitating legislative action. 


To serve those who serve others


To be the voice for those who serve.


Education: Lead in the delivery of the highest quality education.

Membership: Grow membership to strengthen the voice of the industry.

Leadership: Build governance excellence.

Public Policy: Be the resource of choice in public policy.


Advancing essential emergency services access and delivery across Wisconsin, the region, and the nation.

Acting as a unified voice for emergency personnel.

Aligning with others to define emergency services as their work.

Honoring diversity and inclusiveness among our members, their organizations, and throughout the industry.

Leading to identify, develop, and share best practices of emergency services as an industry.

Learning from each other to advance our work and our industry.

Partnering with government medical providers and community to meet the essential services in the continuum of care.

Strong action to identify and unite all emergency services to deliver the highest quality of care.


Founded in 1973, WEMSA currently has over 6,000+ individual members representing over 330+ EMS Departments, businesses, first responder organizations, and allied EMS organizations. The Association is governed by a 12 member board of directors elected by the membership, and is managed by 4 full-time staff members.


The Wisconsin EMS Association hosts one of the largest EMS conferences in the United States, featuring a massive expo hall, multiple tracks of education, hands-on demonstrations, and national speakers. Official Publications include the quarterly full-color publication, EMS Professionals®, and the WEMSA Connection™ E-Newsletter, published every other week.

Throughout its history the organization has worked on a large variety of projects, including creation of the Funding Assistance Program (FAP), First Responder certification, Flexible ALS Staffing Public Access Defibrillation, the Length of Service Awards Program (LOSA), over $50+ million in direct funding for EMS and dozens of other projects and interests.


Always seeking input from its members, WEMSA continually obtains feedback and information through it's Political Action Committee and member surveys. Backed with the latest data on EMS in Wisconsin, the Wisconsin EMS Association is Serving Those Who Serve Others.

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