Emergency Medical Service (EMS)

When an emergency arises, the Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and paramedics of the Peach County Emergency Medical Service are ready to respond 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Peach County's EMTs and Paramedics maintain certifications in basic life support, advanced cardiac life support and basic trauma life support to ensure superior care. In addition, staff members are trained in defensive driving and emergency vehicle operation to ensure ambulances reach patients quickly and safely.

Peach County Emergency Medical Service provides advanced trauma and medical life support for the Peach County area through the 911 system.

ROLE OF THE EMT

People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care of emergency medical technicians (EMts) and paramedics.  Incidents as varied as automobile accidents, heart attacks, drownings, childbirth, and gunshot wounds all require immediate medical attention.  EMTs and paramedics provide this vital attention as they care for and transport the sick or injured to a medical facility.

Depending on the nature of the emergency, EMTs and paramedics typically are dispatched to the scene by a 911 operator and often work with police and fire department personnel.  Once they arrive, they determine the nature and extent of the patient’s condition while trying to ascertain whether the patient has pre-existing medical problems.  Following strict rules and guidelines, they give appropriate emergency care and, when necessary, transport the patient.  Some paramedics are trained to treat patients with minor injuries on the scene of an accident or at their home without transporting them to a medical facility.  Many EMS agencies in Region I utilize standing orders, which allow EMTs and paramedics to provide treatment, including medications, without a direct consult with a physician.

Usually, one EMT or paramedic drives while the other monitors the patient’s vital signs and gives additional care as needed.  Some EMTs work as part of the flight crew of helicopters that transport critically ill or injured patients to hospital trauma centers.

At the medical facility, EMTs and paramedics help transfer patients to the emergency department, report their observations and actions to staff, and may provide additional emergency treatment.  After each run, EMTs and paramedics replace used supplies and check equipment.  If a transported patient had a contagious disease, EMTs and paramedics decontaminate the interior of the ambulance and report cases to the proper authorities.