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About Us EMS

A system to save a life


The mission of Orange County Emergency Medical Services is to plan and coordinate the highest quality prehospital and emergency medical care in response to individual needs or community crisis.


  • To collaborate with system participants to provide the appropriate level of care for Orange County residents and visitors during a medical emergency.
  • To advocate for quality medical care for children and other vulnerable populations.
  • To participate in research and trial studies and use evidence-based medicine to develop guidelines, standards and protocols for providers in the delivery of emergency prehospital care.
  • To certify or accredit the following prehospital medical professionals:
    • Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT)
    • Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedics (EMT-P)
    • Mobile Intensive Care Nurses (MICN)
    • Base Hospital Physicians
  • To provide medical protocols for the following health care entities
    • First responders and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) programs
    • Basic Life Support (BLS) service providers
    • Advanced Life Support (ALS) service providers
  • To assure First Responder, EMT and Paramedic training programs adhere to established national standards.
  • To train and prepare the local medical community for response to natural and manmade disasters affecting Orange County.
  • To develop standards for the designation of hospitals to which EMS patients are transported for evaluation and care.
  • To serve as a resource for public health and other community groups.
  • To comply with federal and state mandates pertaining to the provision of emergency medical services within Orange County.