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A cardiac arrest survivor is recognized by EMS at a ceremony in May

Mission Statement


Escambia County Emergency Medical Services' mission is innovative in our pursuit of being a community-focused, employee-engaged, performance-driven provider of emergency health services. EMS provide services that range from Advance Life Support, Basic Life Support, Critical Care transports, special details and Bariatric transports for Escambia County’s over 350,000 citizens. EMS also helps enhance the health and safety of our community by offering a large number of educational opportunities to our citizens. Included in these, are professional American Heart Association courses, large hands only CPR demonstrations and other educational outreach services held at community events and schools. EMS also provides incident management and medical support at large-scale events such as the Blue Angels, concerts and other large gatherings. 

 

FY 2017-2018 Accomplishments

  • Received the American Heart Association Mission Lifeline Gold Award for the department’s work, training and commitment to improving the overall quality of care and survival rates for Escambia County citizens and visitors, as it relates to heart attack victims. 
  • Participated in numerous EMS public outreach events throughout the year. These included dozens of static displays that showcase our department and its equipment and enhance the health and awareness of our citizens. One example of this was the CPR flash mobs we performed that helped teach citizens the importance of hands only CPR. 
  • Continued to use its relationship with Pensacola State College to continue sending EMTs to paramedic school. This year, EMS has graduated six more paramedics and have started another six more EMTs into the Paramedic class that started in August. This program has had a major impact on the ability to meet the increased requests for EMS assistance.
  • Held an open house at its headquarters during the 2018 EMS Week. This event allows citizens to come through and meet employees and tour equipment that is purchased by the Local Option Sales Tax.
  • Acquired two new Polaris UTV units with stretcher transport capability to help in continued delivery of timely care and transport to our citizens during large special events. These events include Blue Angels Air Show, University of West Florida football games and other large gatherings throughout the year.
  • Continued its plan of educating leaders within our organization by enrolling another three EMS command staff into the current Certified Public Management course offered through Florida State University. These three are set to graduate the almost two-year program this upcoming summer.
     

EMS Statistics

  • 56,971 total responses
  • 39,690 total number of patients transported
  • Trauma calls
    • 3,989 motor vehicle accidents
    • 4,166 falls
    • 1,294 assaults
    • 170 vehicle versus pedestrian
    • 62 stabbings
    • 92 gunshot wounds
    • 25 unspecified stabbing or gunshot
  • Medical Calls
    • 881 cardiac arrests
    • 4,032 chest pain
    • 4,289 difficulty breathing
    • 1,100 strokes
  • Special Event Coverage
    • 299 EMS stand-by events
    • 324 total ambulances provided to stand-by events

A cardiac arrest survivor is recognized by EMS at a ceremony in May

EMS Recognizes Cardiac Arrest Survivors

Escambia County Emergency Medical Services staff recognized seven sudden cardiac arrest survivors at a ceremony Tuesday, May 22 at Escambia County Public Safety, where they had an opportunity to meet the people who brought them back to life.

The ceremony was conducted in conjunction with National EMS Week May 20-28, which honors emergency medical service professionals for their dedication to public service while raising awareness about the many EMS services, resources and programs available to Escambia County citizens. This year’s theme was EMS Strong: Stronger Together.

At the ceremony, Escambia County EMS staff emphasized the importance of hands-only CPR for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, which only have about a 10 percent survival rate, according to the American Heart Association. Early application of bystander CPR and rapid defibrillation from an AED have proven to be crucial in improving a person’s chance of survival.

56,791

Total responses

39,690

Total number of patients transported

881

Cardiac arrest responses