Chaffee County Emergency Medical Services (CCEMS) provides emergent and non-emergent ambulance service for the citizens and visitors of Chaffee County. CCEMS currently has five ambulances that are all licensed for advanced life support. CCEMS utilizes EMT-Basics, EMT-Intermediates and EMT-Paramedics to staff two full-time, Advanced Life Support ambulances 24 hours a day,365 days a year.
In addition to 911 response, CCEMS provides inter-facility transport services between points of definitive care.
In 2012 Emergency Services Consulting International (ESCI) was engaged by the Buena Vista and Salida Fire Departments, the Chaffee County and South Arkansas Fire Protection Districts, and Chaffee County EMS to evaluate the feasibility of more efficient cooperation between and among the agencies.
Agency Evaluation and Feasibility Study
DIAL 911 - Chaffee County EMS is dispatched by the Chaffee County Sheriff's Department utilizing the Enhanced 911 system. With this technology, the 911 system can identify the location of the caller, even if the caller is unable to speak. The location of a caller on a cell phone can not be detected through the 911 system and the caller must remain on the phone until EMS arrives. If 911 is dialed from a cell phone and fails to go through, 539-2596 should be dialed instead.
Who do I speak to about a bill?
Chaffee County EMS utilizes a contract billing service - Business Options located in Montrose, Colorado. You can contact them by dialing 1-800-570-9909.
How do I obtain an ambulance for a special event?
Chaffee County EMS does provide dedicated ambulance standby service for a fee. Please contact the Chaffee County EMS administrative office at (719) 539-1914.
The Chaffee County EMS has an adjunct website at: http://www.chaffeecountyems.com/
In August of 2015, the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment and 5 EMS trauma experts performed a consultative visit a the request of the Chaffee County Board of Commissioners. The purpose of the visit was to review and evaluate the components of the EMS & trauma system in order to provide recommendations for system improvement and enhancement. You may view the final report that was presented to the Commissioners on September 21, 2015.