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

Policies

Dispatch and Communications (2000 series)

Disaster (3000 series)

Hospital / Specialty Care Centers (4000 series)


Stroke System of Care


STEMI System of Care


Emergency Medical Services for Children


Trauma Care


Burn Center

Emergency Medical Technician (5000 series)

Paramedic (6000 series)

Public Safety First Aid (7000 series)

Training Programs (8000 series)

Response Units (9000 series)

EMS Aircraft (10000 series)

EMS System Report

Kern County Maddy Fund Request Form

On February 14th, 2019, the Assistant Director of Public Health reported to the Emergency Medical Care Advisory Board that EMS was releasing the discretionary portion of the MADDY Fund for, "Enhancements in the EMS system, as approved by your board." Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Enhancement as, "Heighten, Increase – Especially to increase or improve in value, quality, desirability, or attractiveness."

The intent of releasing the discretionary MADDY funds by the county is to heighten, increase and improve, from the normal and customary base operations, the delivery of prehospital care to the people of Kern County. This would include programs, services, training, equipment and/or learning materials that would have a high likely hood to improve the Kern County EMS System of care from its normal and customary base operations. The requested item, service or training must benefit all EMS stakeholders, especially the community at large, in such a way that it improves the quality and delivery of prehospital care.

Kern County Maddy Fund Request Form