​Protocols are written orders from the Medical Director that outline patient treatment options for use by our paramedics and EMTs. The Medical Director of the Wake County EMS System provides our Advanced Life Support personnel with standing order-based protocols. The Wake County EMS System has some of the most progressive protocols in the U.S.

Our protocols are continuously reviewed. Formal revisions are made on an annual basis and must be approved by the Wake County Peer Review Committee and the North Carolina Office of EMS prior to implementation.

Note: The protocols below are for informational use only. Use of these standards and practices must occur within an established EMS system under the direct approval of the system medical director.

The Wake County EMS Syste
m Standards and Practice document is typically updated annually.

2020 Protocol Update

Wake County EMS System Standards and Practice 2020 (Updated 12/11/2020)

COVID Vaccine Update for EMS
Video Series
Important Note:  These videos were recorded on Dec. 14, 2020 to share information internally with Wake County EMS providers so that they could make an informed decision on receiving the vaccine.  However, we're sharing these videos because we believe the information may be useful to anyone interested in learning about the vaccine. 

Keep in mind that some of the circumstances of the information included has changed since the time of recording on Dec. 14, 2020.  

Video 1: Series Intro and Where We Are Now

Video 2: Historical, Political and Scientific Background

Video 3: Evidence for Emergency Use Authorizations

Video 4: Vaccine Distribution Information for Wake County EMS

Video 5: Panel Q&A

Full Playlist for all five videos

Infectious Disease Response Suite


Temperature Measurement Procedure (including touchless)