Are there requirements for relationships with outside agencies?

A high-quality EMS system depends on cooperation among various types of public safety agencies and all local EMS providers. The CAAS-accredited agency must have preplanned, written processes for dealing with mutual aid requests in which all issues of liability, fees, reciprocity, and communications must be recounted. The agency must also have a written disaster plan to meet the community’s emergency needs in catastrophic events, and it must be practiced and evaluated annually.