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EMS Inspections

Contact the Florida Department of Health

  •  850-245-4440



    Mailing Address

    Florida Department of Health 

    4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin A-22 

    Tallahassee, FL 32399 

Emergency Medical Services


The compliance unit is a team of experienced paramedics with a combined field experience level of almost 50 years. These paramedics travel throughout the state to each of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers to assure compliance with the minimum EMS standards established in state law.


The compliance unit periodically and randomly inspects licensees for compliance with Section 401, Florida Statutes and Chapter 64J-1, Florida Administrative Code. The purpose of the statewide inspection program is to monitor the quality of patient care (patients of all ages) delivered by each licensed service and appropriately certified personnel.


  • New Providers may be inspected within 90 days of being licensed.  The department shall periodically and randomly inspect licensees for compliance with the requirements of 401 and shall conduct inspections without impeding patient care.

The inspection process is carried out without impeding patient care. 

The areas inspected are:

Personnel Records

Service Records and Facilities

BLS Vehicle

ALS Vehicle

Equipment Test

Neonatal Vehicles

Air Ambulance


Inspection Corrective Action

The inspection process is geared toward providing technical assistance to the provider to help correct any deficiencies found before the end of the survey, if possible.

Sample Agenda

  • The compliance officer will show up (either announced or unannounced) at the location of the physical address listed in the provider data on your license. 

  • The compliance officer will identify him/herself and ask to see the EMS director.

  • Personnel records including current professional certification, CPR/ACLS card, Driver License and 16 hours Emergency Vehicle Operation Course (EVOC)

  • Service records and facilities including:

  • Medical Director documentation

  • Storage and security of records

  • Supplies and controlled substances

  • Vehicle inspection (BLS/ALS/Air/Neonate)

  •  Corrective action (if necessary) will be discussed and provided in writing.

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