Emergency Medical Services

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Mission

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.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) includes the 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. EMS includes:

  • Public safety dispatch
  • Fire services first response and treatment
  • Private ground and air ambulance response, treatment and transport
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Hospitals and specialty care centers
  • Training institutions and programs for EMS personnel
  • Managed care organizations
  • Preventative health care
  • Citizen and medical advisory groups

Hospitals