What We Do
We save lives.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) works closely with the hospital’s emergency department and island fire departments to provide the safest, fastest, most fiscally responsible and medically appropriate emergency response.
- Six advanced life support ambulances, stationed strategically around the island, respond annually to approximately 6,000 calls to 911 and serve more than 60,000 residents and visitors, 24 hours a day. These calls include emergencies that occur on or in the waters around Whidbey Island.
- During high call volume or in a disaster, EMS staffs an additional three basic life support ambulances through partnerships with North Whidbey Fire & Rescue and Central Whidbey Fire & Rescue.
- EMS coordinates and facilitates hundreds of patient transfers annually from Whidbey General or from the Naval Hospital in Oak Harbor to facilities providing more specialized care.
- EMS ambulances stand by at dozens of events on Whidbey each year, educating community members about safety and providing immediate care in the event of an emergency.
- EMS provides community injury and illness prevention programs in areas such as CPR, child car safety, child helmet safety and preventing falls in the home.
Whidbey General EMS had 6,822 calls in 2011, 56% of which were illness-related.