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EMS Rules and Statutes

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In 1973, the Florida Legislature encouraged the development and maintenance of a total delivery system of emergency medical services for the purpose of protecting and enhancing the health, welfare and safety of all citizens of the state.  Toward that end, the Emergency Medical Services Section was established by authority of Chapter 401, Florida Statutes, and Chapter 64J-1, Florida Administrative Code

Current Rules in Revision

  • 64J-1.001 - 64J-1.010; 64J-1.012; 64J-1.014; 64J-1.019; 64J-1.020; 64J-1.0201; 64J-1.0202

    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose and effect is to amend rule language as part of the agency’s rule line reduction initiative, including the initiative to remove outdated obsolete and unnecessary rule language and update rule forms. Additionally, for some of the rule sections, amendment is required to implement Fla. Session Law 2013-128, related to training standards.

    Rule Text: Medical Services&ID=64J-1.001  

    For assistance please contact by phone at (850) 245-4440, extension 2773 or email

    RULE STATUS: The department is currently in the process of analyzing feedback from a rule hearing and the Joint Administrative Procures Committee (JAPC) to determine if a Notice of Change is needed. 

  • 64J-1.007 Vehicle Permits

    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: Review the rule language pertaining to United States General Services Administration (GSA) –KKK-1822, Federal Specifications for Ambulances as mandated by Section 401.35(1)(d), F.S., applicable to the year of the manufacture of the vehicle.

    RULE TEXT: None available at this time

    RULE STATUS: The department is currently in the process of gathering and analyzing data to complete a Statement of Estimated Regulatory Costs (SERC). 

    For assistance please contact by phone at (850) 245-4440, extension 2773 or email

Additional Administrative Rule Activity

64J-2.002 Prehospital Requirements for Trauma Care

NOTICE OF VARIANCES AND WAIVERS: On January 21, 2016, the Department of Health received a petition for Variance or Wavier from Polk County Fire Rescue requesting that when accessing a trauma patient, meeting trauma alert criteria as specified by rule, the patient must present three (3) hours or less from the time of incident/injury, in order to be transported as a trauma alert.

For assistance please contact by phone at (850) 245-4440, extension 2773 or email

Declaratory Statements

Pursuant to Chapter 120.565, F.S., a substantially affected person may submit a petition for a declaratory statement from an agency regarding the agency's opinion as to the applicability of a statutory provision, rule, or order of that agency.

If you wish to submit a petition for a declaratory statement, please submit the petition with the set of circumstances and the specific statue, rule, or order that applies to those circumstances to:

                                           Agency Clerk's Office
                                           Department of Health
                                           4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A02
                                           Tallahassee, FL 32399

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.

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