The idea for a national institute dedicated to emergency medical services was conceived immediately after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Initially our organization consisted of emergency medical personnel who supported and participated in the rescue efforts.
Afterwards our staff assisted the public in understanding and coping with the now infamous tragedy. In hindsight, it’s clear everyone that day - even the emergency responders themselves - felt overwhelmed and unprepared by the scope of the disaster.
To assist our nation with its need for additional first responder training and safety, the National Institute of Emergency Medical Services (NIEMS) was formally established in Washington, DC. Today we are dedicated to improving the emergency medical service system and the important care it delivers. NIEMS is a non-profit organization that is not affiliated with the federal government other than as a grant recipient and service provider.
For more than a decade the Institute's administrative offices have been located inside the rotunda on the seventh floor of the Ronald Reagan Federal Building at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue in Northwest Washington, D.C. The Ronald Reagan Building complex (photo above) is located in the heart of our nation's capital and is named after the president who signed the law making its construction possible. The complex has a large conference center, 600 seat auditorium, and a two story exhibit hall available for use by NIEMS. Since parking is limited we encourage visitors to use the metro rail system. We are located 3 blocks from Metro Center station along 13th street. Please do not visit our administrative offices without an appointment.