Gadsden County Emergency Medical Services (GCEMS) was established as a County Department in October 1984. In addition to providing emergency medical services to the residents and visitors of Gadsden County, we also provide non-emergency ambulance transportation as well as stand-by services for events such as football games, music fests, bicycle and boat races, etc.
GCEMS day to day operations include four ALS Emergency Response Transport Units that respond to all requests through the County’s E-911 System, one ALS transport unit that is used primarily for inter-facility transports and one ALS first response unit that is staffed by the supervisor on duty. GCEMS houses two transport ambulances and the supervisor unit at the main station which is centrally located in the City of Quincy; one ambulance is housed on the East side of Gadsden County in the Town of Havana; one ambulance is housed on the West side of Gadsden County in the City of Chattahoochee; and the ambulance used primarily for inter-facility transports is housed at Capital Regional Medical Center Gadsden Campus. GCEMS operates on a 24 hour on 48 hour off rotation with shift change starting at 7:00pm. In 2010, GCEMS responded to 8,598 requests for service and transported roughly 6,000 patients to local area hospitals.
GCEMS operates with a fleet of 10 Type 1 ambulances which consists mostly of Chevrolet 3500 chassis with Frazer mounted modules. GCEMS Paramedics and EMT's work under aggressive protocols that give the residents and visitors of Gadsden County the best pre-hospital care possible. Extrication and Haz Mat response services are provided by the Fire Department. Dispatch is provided through Gadsden County Sheriff's Department E-911 system. We are regulated by the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services. We operate under standing orders that are authorized by our Medical Director, Dr. Jose Santana. We provide "in-house" CEU's for continuing education and license renewal.
GCEMS currently has 24 full time positions and 24 part time positions. GCEMS utilizes two (2) personnel in our Billing Department that process all claims and handle collections. GCEMS is currently operating off of a 2.2 million dollar budget. Overtime is paid for all hours over 40 per week. Gadsden County participates in the Florida State Retirement System and offers a full benefit package including Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Sick Leave, Annual Leave, and many optional benefits such as dental insurance, accident insurance, disability insurance, family health insurance coverage, and deferred compensation.
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