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Welcome: The University of Arizona Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM) is pleased to offer subspecialty services in the area of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) as well as MCI/Disaster preparedness and response. Throughout its history, the department has been a leader in EMS both at a local and state level, as well as at the national and international levels. The physicians, nurses, and paramedics of the DEM are proud to work with multiple outstanding local EMS agencies to provide medical direction for the majority of patients receiving medical care in Southern Arizona.

Clinical EMS: The DEM provides clinical EMS medical direction/oversight across a broad spectrum of EMS operational environments. In addition to medical direction services, our ABEM board-certified EMS physicians also provide physician level field response services for EMS agencies and other contracted organizations.

EMS Field Physicians

Our partners:

  • Administrative Medical Direction services
    • Arizona Ambulance
    • Golder Ranch Fire District
    • Mesa Fire & Medical Department
    • Northwest Fire District
    • Peoria Fire & Medical Department
    • Tucson Fire Department
  • Base Hospital Medical Direction services
    • Banner - University Medical Center Tucson Base Hospital
      • Arizona State Parks
      • Arivaca Fire Department
      • Asarco BLS Units
      • Helmet Peak Fire
      • Elephant Head Fire
      • Nogales Fire Department
      • Patagonia Fire/Rescue
      • Picture Rocks Fire/EMS
      • Rural Pinal County
      • Rio Rico/Nogales Suburban
      • Sonoita-Elgin Fire District
      • Tubac Fire District
    • Banner - University Medical Center South Base Hospital
      • Arizona Air National Guard, 162nd Wing Fire/EMS
      • AMR BLS units
      • Mammoth Fire District
      • Mount Lemmon Fire Department
      • Oracle Fire Department 
      • South Tucson Fire/EMS
      • San Manuel Fire
      • Securitas Rescue
      • Tucson Airport Authority Fire/EMS


Administrative guidelines


EMS Education: The DEM offers educational opportunities for EMS providers, University of Arizona students, Emergency Medicine residents, and EMS fellows.  

EMS Research: The DEM has been and continues to be a national leader in the areas of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, traumatic brain injury, and many other areas of out-of-hospital medical care. Current research initiatives include:  AzREADI, Pedi-DOSE, and the Arizona Leave Behind Narcan Initiative.

Disaster Preparedness & Response: The DEM offers MCI/Disaster and HAZMAT training and educational opportunities.

EMS Clinical Information

EMS Communications & Helipad Safety

  1. Helicopter landing path coordinates:
    • N 32.14.50
    • W110.56.78
  2. Helicopter and ground safety routes:
    • Helicopter arrival and departure routes
    • EMS ambulance access to Emergency Department
    • Pad Diagram
  3. Radio Frequency:
    • VHF: transmit (467.975), receive (462.975)

EMS Communications & Helipad Safety

  1. Helicopter landing path coordinates:
    • N 32.17775
    • W110.931
  2. Phone Number:
    • Base Hospital Office: 520-894-4141