History of Finney County EMS
The Transition from a Private to Public Service
Finney County Emergency Medical Services began in 1976 when the serviced transitioned from a private service to a County service. Since that time, they have progressed through many developments and changes.
EMS began with six full-time Mobile Intensive Care Technicians (MICTs or Paramedics) and worked with that shift configuration until 1982 when the need, mainly due to call volume, was addressed with the hiring of six additional MICTs, bringing the total shift personnel to 12. At that same time Administration became a Director and Assistant Director for oversight of the Department.
Current Staffing Configuration
In 2003, with more needs still to be met, three shift supervisors were added when the Assistant Director retired and the position was not filled. The current structure of EMS consists of the Director and three shifts of five MICTs (two crews of two and a supervisor).
The shift pattern is one day on, one day off, one day on, two days off, one day on, and then four days off. The pattern then repeats itself. Throughout this time, Emergency Medical Services has always provided advanced life support, pre-hospital emergency care, and transportation service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week within the community.