Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Dr Marvin Wayne, MD, MPD, Recognizes 2021 National EMS Week

Dr Marvin Wayne, MD, MPD, Recognizes EMS Week 2021

Whatcom County EMS System is celebrating EMS Week from May 16-21, 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged our Fire Department’s EMS teams as never before. Our EMS System rose to the challenge and this week we recognize and honor these great providers and their dedication to public health for the care of our residents and visitors to Whatcom County.

See the video of the Medical Director of Whatcom County, Dr. Marvin Wayne MD, recognizing EMS week here: https://fb.watch/5yxOz2PKbg/. 

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The Whatcom County EMS System is a public service organization, a critical link in our county wide Emergency Medical Service System which provides high quality emergency patient care throughout the County. As a department within Whatcom County government, EMS Administration is responsible for high level administrative functions or actions needed to ensure continued integrated and uniform county-wide EMS service. Whatcom County EMS (WCEMS) strives to use innovative and collaborative strategies to create efficiencies with a stabilized funding source that provides high quality patient care throughout Whatcom County. WCEMS leadership is supported through the Technical Advisory Board (TAB) and Executive Oversight Board (EOB) that provides input and direction that guides this integrated system.

Whatcom County is a unified EMS system that includes Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Life Support (ALS), and Mobile Integrate Health Service teams through a regional partnership of emergency care providers striving to offer the best possible care to all citizens in Whatcom County. This includes the fire districts and departments across the county that employ Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Paramedics. Learn more about the Fire Districts of Whatcom County at: https://www.whatcomcounty.us/652/Fire-Districts

The WCEMS system is financed by the countywide Levy ordinance 2016-019. This Levy costs taxpayers $0.29 or less per $1,000 of assessed valuation to provide EMS services.