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Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Medical Services provides cost effective, efficient, and professional emergency medical services to the residents of Buncombe County 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

EMS - Special Operations

Aside from daily EMS duties many of our personnel participate in our Special Operations Team providing paramedic care for unique situations. Special Ops personnel go above and beyond conventional training to learn skills which help them respond to fire scenes, search and rescue, hazardous materials, structural collapse, and tactical law enforcement support. They also cover large civic events when needed with extra ambulances and specialized equipment.


Buncombe County's emergency medical care providers continually train to ensure that our patients receive the most up to date and efficient care possible. All field personnel receive a minimum of 24 hours of continuing education in a variety of topics.

Much of our training is through the Emergency Services department of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College where personnel receive certifications such as Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Basic Trauma Life Support, and many others. Personnel also receive in-house training using the internet, video tapes and portable training programs.

Patient Care

Providing the best patient care possible is our mission at BCEMS. By giving our personnel the latest equipment along with quality training we are able to insure our mission is up held.

In EMS there are no specialties. All personnel must be trained to handle a variety of emergency situations. Countless hours are spent each year insuring that any given situation, even though it may be different, is cared for as professionally and compassionately as possible.

Currently our paramedic personnel are trained and able to perform the following skills:

  • 12 Lead ECG interpretation
  • Blood Glucose Analysis
  • Cardiac Defibrillation
  • Central Venous Catheter Access
  • Chest Needle Decompression
  • Combi-Tube Airway
  • External Cardiac Pacing
  • Intraosseous Access
  • Intravenous Access
  • Nasogastric Tube Insertion
  • Nasotracheal Intubation
  • Nebulizer Inhalation Therapy
  • Needle and Surgical Cricothyrotomy
  • Orotracheal Intubation
  • Rapid Sequence Intubation
  • Synchronized Cardioversion

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Emergency Medical Services


Contact Info

EMS Operations Supervisor
(828) 250-6630

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