Emergency Medical Services
The Health District Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program strives to support the needs of the community for cost effective, expedient and quality ground and helicopter ambulance services and emergency medical care. EMS Program staff coordinates medical disaster planning, response and recovery activities before, during and after disasters within Washoe County. Staff represents the Health District on local and statewide committees which may include representatives from hospitals, ambulance services, fire and law enforcement agencies. Staff provides technical expertise to other agencies throughout the State as requested. Staff advises the District Board of Health on the public health impact of EMS policy decisions made within the three political jurisdictions of Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County. Staff oversees medical disaster planning activities in support of the District Board of Health's Multi Casualty Incident Plan and Policy on EMS Coverage for Mass Gatherings, and the Medical and Weapons of Mass Destruction Annexes of the Regional Hazardous Materials Management Plan.
The three ambulance services in the Washoe County Health District are the Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority (REMSA), the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District in Incline Village, and the Gerlach Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Service in Gerlach, Nevada.
The District Board of Health has been granted specific authority from the City of Reno, City of Sparks and Washoe County to grant and oversee the ground and helicopter ambulance franchise the Board awarded to REMSA in 1987. The EMS Program staff assists the District Board of Health in monitoring REMSA's compliance with the franchise requirements.
Emergency Medical Services Regional Plans
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- MCIP - The Multi-Casualty Incident Plan were approved by the District Board of Health on December 19, 2013, and became effective January 1, 2014.
- MAEA - Health Care Evacuation Annex revisions were approved by the District Board of Health on February 23, 2012, and became effective on July 1, 2012
- Guidelines for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Coverage for Mass Gatherings