Emergency Medical Services
October 19th, 2014 | by: Webmaster | Category: EMS


1800 Mt. Vernon Avenue, 2nd Floor
Bakersfield, CA 93306
(661) 321-3000 – phone
(661) 868-1204 – fax


Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm


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:

  • 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

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:

  • Strengthening clinical capabilities of field personnel to meet the needs of each and every patient whose care is our primary purpose and mission.
  • Develop a vigorous quality improvement program that is proactive and evolves with the communities we serve.
  • Identifying new and novel sources of external funding.
  • Capitalizing on innovative and emerging technologies.
  • Strengthening collaborative relationships with public safety agencies, BLS and ALS providers, hospitals, and educational partners to better serve the health care needs of our communities.
  • Improved data systems.
  • Forging strong partnerships with all EMS stakeholders to provide educational campaigns.
  • Achieving cultural change of current interoperable communications system.

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.

What is an EMS System?

A definition includes several diverse actions by many organizations, which include:

  • Call for Emergency Medical Assistance (9-1-1 System education; public information)
  • Receipt of the Call (dispatch training; communications)
  • Dispatch a Service Provider (dispatch system; ambulance provider operational areas; response times)
  • Treatment on the Scene (medical direction and protocols)
  • Transport of Patient (base hospital contract; hospital status system)
  • Evaluation of System (data gathering; quality control and assurance; reports)

Major Services

The EMS Department provides for overall administration, direction and management of the Kern County EMS System which includes:

  • Training and certification of over 5,960 EMS personnel
  • Medical dispatch and communications
  • Interaction with thirteen hospital emergency departments and specialty care centers
  • Emergency medical data collection and analysis
  • Promotion of public information and EMS System education
  • Medical disaster preparedness, planning, response
  • Trauma system management
  • coordination of nineteen emergency medical transportation services and seven first-responder agencies

Local EMS Department Authority

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.