In 1996, the Kent County Commissioners started the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system to assist the volunteer ambulance companies with the increasing number of medical calls and the decreasing number of volunteer responders. Since the Sheriff's Office already had a deputy who was licensed as a paramedic, he began to provide advance life support to the sick and injured in addition to law enforcement duties.
Since its inception in 1996, the EMS program has grown from 40 hour per week coverage to the current coverage of 24 hours, 7 days per week using full-time and additional part-time paramedics.
Paramedics are the most highly trained emergency response personnel to provide Advanced Life Support (ALS) to patients in the field. This care includes starting intravenous lines, administering medications, monitoring electrocardiograms, defibrillation and other highly skilled procedures.
Kent County OES-EMS Department coordinates two programs for the citizens of Kent County:
American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR and First Aid training is offered in co-operation with the Kent County Parks and Recreation.
For scheduled classes and registration check:
Automatic External Defibrillation (AED) placement, inspection and review.
If your group or agency is interested in more information or assistance with purchasing and placing an AED please contact our office for free no obligation consultation.
If you would like more information about these programs or have questions contact the Kent County Office of Emergency Services at 410-810-2276 or Email KentEMSCP@kentgov.org.