The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Unit is headed by a Medical Director and is responsible for administering a two-tiered system of pre-hospital emergency medical care and transport, which includes Advanced Life Support (ALS) Units, and First Responder Engine and Ladder Companies. In addition, the EMS Unit assists in formulating plans for Emergency Medicine physicians to respond to the scene of multi-casualty incidents to assist with patient triage, treatment, and disposition.
The Symbol of Emergency Medical Services is the "Star of Life". The "Star of Life" contains six points and a staff in the middle of the symbol. Each point represents a component of care.
- Point 1 - Detection
- Point 2 - Reporting
- Point 3 - Response
- Point 4 - On Scene Care
- Point 5 - Care in Transit
- Point 6 - Transfer to Definitive Care
The staff stands for - Medicine & Healing.
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