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Emergency Medical Services (EMS) include that system of services organized to provide rapid response to serious medical emergencies, including immediate medical care and patient transport to definitive care in an appropriate hospital setting. An effective EMS System involves a variety of agencies and organizations working together to accomplish the goal of providing rapid emergency medical response and treatment. While most EMS responses are day-to-day emergencies, EMS agencies also plan and prepare for disaster medical response. In addition, EMS is becoming more and more involved with preventative health care and managed care in the overall scope of its functions – a true partner in the dynamic environment of health and medical treatment of our citizens. EMS includes:
In Kern County the Board of Supervisors designated the EMS Department as the Local EMS Agency. The Kern County Ambulance Ordinance, which governs the majority of the prehospital system in the County, was adopted by the Board of Supervisors in November 1990, and became effective on February 28, 1991. As a result of this ordinance and the subsequent regulations, the EMS System in Kern County became more structured and included, for the first time, measurable standards for the response of paramedic level of care to the citizens of Kern County during an emergency.
The principal functions of all Local EMS Agencies in California are specified in the California Health and Safety Code.
The vision of the Emergency Medical Services Division (Division) is to provide structure and future growth of our emergency medical services system. All actions will be dedicated to the continued advancement of quality emergency medical services delivered in Kern County.
This will be accomplished through consistent and thorough evaluation methods and proactive functions focusing on:
Building continuity of operations for disaster planning, response and mitigation.
To assure the safety and health of Kern County residents by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual quality improvement in emergency medical service care.
A definition includes several diverse actions by many organizations, which include:
The EMS Department provides for overall administration, direction and management of the Kern County EMS System which includes:
Authority for managing the EMS System in Kern County is derived from the California Health and Safety Code and the California Code of Regulations, and the Kern County Board of Supervisors.