9-1-1 AND EMS
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is a specially organized system that provides personnel, facilities and equipment for the effective and coordinated delivery of emergency medical services within a geographical area. An effective EMS system involves many different agencies and organizations working together to provide rapid emergency medical response, treatment and transport to those in need of immediate
medical attention. Agencies responsible for providing EMS include dispatch centers, public safety agencies, fire departments, ambulance services, hospitals and specialty care centers.
In California, EMS systems are organized on a county or regional basis. The Local EMS Agency (LEMSA), is the lead agency responsible for local EMS system planning and coordination, consistent with State laws and regulations. The State EMS Authority (EMSA) approves local EMS system plans, provides guidance to LEMSAs, develops EMS regulations, administers the Regional Poison Control Center program and carries out other EMS related activities. The State EMS Commission, with members appointed by the Governor and other state officials, is an advisory board to EMSA and reviews and approves all EMS regulations.
EMS services are typically provided in response to a medical emergency reported through the 9-1-1 system. A 9-1-1 call placed from any telephone is automatically routed to the appropriate designated Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP). There are many EMS Region operated by law enforcement agencies. A law enforcement dispatcher determines the nature of the emergency (police, fire, and/or medical assistance) and either dispatches the appropriate law enforcement personnel or transfers the caller to the appropriate fire service or ambulance dispatch center. Except in the non-incorporated areas of Fresno County, the caller is transferred directly from the PSAP to the medical dispatcher. All 9-1-1 cellular phone calls are routed to the California Highway Patrol dispatch center.
The initial response to a potentially life threatening incident includes both fire and ambulance personnel. The location of fire stations throughout the county enables fire fighters to make a rapid initial response. Basic Life Support (BLS) Fire personnel responding to emergencies are trained at the EMT-I or First Responder level. BLS personnel function under a scope of practice established in regulations (Title 22, Chapters 1.5 and 2). The EMS Agency has developed BLS protocols and other policies and procedure for medical direction and a standardized level of care.
Though California has one of the best EMS systems in the country, during emergencies time can be the difference between life and death. Delays of medical professionals can be created by traffic, directions, other accidents, weather and more. Safety Works provides information and training to assist you in your response and treatment procedures before the EMS personnel arrive on the scene. This will help protect and stabilize the victim(s) until advanced medical aid arrives.

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