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Emergency Medical Services (EMS) ensures that emergency medical services, including 9-1-1 ambulance services, and trauma care services are of the highest quality. EMS also provides services in two ambulance districts and is involved in community education, prevention and research projects.
** PLEASE NOTE CERTIFICATION HOURS: Monday - Thursday 8am-4pm. Closed Friday for all front-desk assistance and business transactions; see About EMS for more information.
**EMS will be closed to the public on Monday, May 27, 2013 in observance of Memorial Day.
* NOTE: EMS office will be closed on the following holidays:
Monday, January 1, 2013 - New Year's Day
Monday January 21, 2013 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, February 18, 2013 - President's Day
Monday, April 1, 2013 - César E. Chávez Day
Monday, May 27, 2013 - Memorial Day
Thursday, July 4, 2013 - Independence Day
Monday, September 2, 2013 - Labor Day
Monday, November 11, 2013 - Veterans Day
Thursday, November 28, 2013 & Friday, November 29, 2013 - Thanksgiving
NEW! PLEASE NOTE OUR HOURS! Effective March 30, 2009, certification/recertification/licensure/relicensure: Monday - Thursday 8am-4pm. Staff will not be available for any front desk assistance, transactions or certification/licensure business on Fridays.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is a branch of the Health and Human Services Agency's Public Health Services. It is the 'local EMS agency' (LEMSA) as defined in California law. Its purpose is to ensure that the quality of emergency medical services, which includes 9-1-1 ambulance services, trauma care services, and non-emergency ambulance services, is of the highest quality. As the regulatory agency for emergency medical services, EMS certifies/accredits prehospital personnel and approves training programs for prehospital personnel; designates participants in the countywide EMS system (base hospitals, advanced life support providers, trauma centers, etc.); monitors system activity with a large data collection network; develops policies and protocols governing the delivery of emergency medical services in the county; and provides the framework for medical quality improvement activities. Additionally, it provides services within two ambulance districts (County Service Areas 17 & 69) and implements numerous community education, prevention and research projects.
Recent incidents involving U.S. citizens who were injured in traffic crashes in Mexico have highlighted the significant differences between the legal systems of Mexico and the United States. Information for travelers who drive to Mexico.
San Diego County's emergency access number for fire, police or medical emergencies is "9-1-1". At times you may not be sure whether it is appropriate to use this emergency number for medical problems. Here are some guidelines that may help you decide if this a real medical emergency.