Welcome to West Region EMS & Trauma Care Council

Mission Statement

The mission of the West Region Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Care Council is to assist and guide local EMS and trauma care providers in the coordination and improvement of Emergency Medical Services in the West Region.

Vision Statement

We envision a tenable EMS and Trauma System with a plan that:

  • Keeps patient care and interests the number one priority
  • Recognizes the value of prevention and public education to decrease trauma related morbidity and mortality
  • Preserves local integrity and authority in coordination with inter/intra-regional agreements

"We envision the Council as a non-partisan facilitator, coordinator, and resource for regional EMS issues."

Who We Are

West Region EMS & Trauma Care Council, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. The Council is empowered by legislative authority (RCW 70.168.010-70.168.900) and Department of Health Administrative Code (WAC 246.976) to plan, develop, and administer the EMS and trauma care system in the 4.5 counties that make up the Region: Grays Harbor, Lewis, N. Pacific, Pierce and Thurston. It is one of eight regional councils statewide and funded primarily through a contract with the Office of Emergency Medical and Trauma Prevention Washington State Department of Health (DOH).

The Council assists DOH in addressing four fundamental questions:

  • What are the causes of trauma identified by communities within the West Region?
  • Is trauma care readily available in the region?
  • Is the system efficient and effective?
  • What is needed to implement and/or improve the system?

New 2013-2015 West Region Strategic Plan

The West Region EMS & Trauma System Strategic Plan, July 2013 - June 2015 details the Council's answers and recommendations. The plan seeks to continuously improve a model system that effectively treats and rehabilitates trauma victims. Preventing injury altogether or reducing injury severity also plays an important part. A fully functional trauma system addresses education, prevention, rapid communications, prehospital care, in-patient trauma care, rehabilitation, a trauma data registry and a quality assurance/improvement program. Our work is guided by the West Region EMS & Trauma Care Council Bylaws.

News and Upcoming Events

2015 West Region EMS Conference

The 2015 West Region EMS Conference is moving Back to the Beach! The conference will be held February 20 - 22, 2015, at the Ocean Shores Convention Center, in Ocean Shores, WA. Visit the Conference page of the website for more information.

Pediatric Advanced Care Conference

The Pediatric Advanced Care Conference will be held October 22, 2014 in Tacoma. Registration Form

Funding Alternatives for Emergency Medical and Fire Services

The Funding Alternatives for Emergency Medical and Fire Services manual has been created to identify the various grants and innovative funding alternatives available for emergency medical services (EMS) and fire protection services.