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Emergency Medical Services (EMS)


The Division of EMS began in 1981 as the EMS Project. Since that time, it has grown and evolved into a group of individuals dedicated to working with other healthcare professionals to improve the care of patients in the out-of-hospital setting. The Division works with several counties, hospitals, and state agencies in order to further this goal. The EMS office is located at 1705 West Sixth Street, Physician's Quadrangle, and Building M.


To improve patient care in the out-of-hospital environment through EMS education and research.


Current Projects and Activities

  • Medical Direction - Pitt County: ten Advanced Life Support EMS agencies, five Private Non-Emergency Ambulance Services, and one EMD (Enhanced) 9-1-1 Communication Center.
  • Quality Management (QM) for Pitt County EMS agencies (supporting emergent, non-emergent and EMD).
  • Local re-credentialing for EMT-B, EMT-I, EMT-P and EMD.  This includes keep records of skill practice, oral and/or written exams.
  • Scope of practice, ALS Skill testing and oral exam for EMT-B, EMT-I, and EMT-P's who wish to function in Pitt County.
  • Providing an ongoing continuing education program for BLS and ALS EMS professionals.
  • Assisting EMS agencies with quality management and assisting them with other concerns and questions if possible.
  • Residents and medical students rotate through the Division in order to learn about out-of-hospital care.
  • Perform research on EMS education and other out-of-hospital topics.