Emergency Medical Service

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0405191352b_HDRAs of July 1, 2019, the Summit County Ambulance Service has merged with Summit Fire & EMS into a single agency. 

The Summit Fire Emergency Medical Service provides a variety of emergency medical services, including 9-1-1 response and critical-care inter-facility transports to all of Summit County, Colorado, including the towns of Dillon, Frisco, Montezuma and Silverthorne. Additionally, we respond to the three local ski resorts: Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain and Keystone.

The Summit Fire Emergency Medical Service is funded by user fees and the Summit County Safety First Fund, approved by local voters in 2014.

Ambulance Staffing

Our advanced life support (ALS) ambulances are strategically placed throughout Summit County and staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Ambulances are staffed by nationally registered paramedics, intermediates and emergency-medical technicians, stationed in Dillon, Frisco, Copper Mountain and Keystone. 

EMS Response and Transport

Our 9-1-1 EMS response is coordinated our firefighters, who typically can respond to to the location of emergencies in six minutes or less, depending on weather, traffic and location.

Patients usually are transported to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center or emergency clinics in Breckenridge and Keystone. In the event of serious injury, ambulance personnel coordinate with St. Anthony Hospital Flight for Life to airlift patients to the Denver-area hospitals.

EMS System Analysis

Summit County, in partnership with the two local fire districts, contracted Emergency Services Consulting International (ESCI) to perform an independent third-party analysis of Summit County's EMS system in December 2017. ESCI reviewed all aspects of the community's delivery of emergency medical services, including operations, administration, staffing, revenues, costs, capital facilities, vehicles, equipment, service delivery, operational performance, interfacility transports and future demand projections.

The analysis and report development were conducted over a nine-month period to identify potential options for ambulance services in the community, currently provided by Summit County, Summit Fire & EMS and Red, White & Blue Fire Rescue.

Ambulance Services Partnership Efforts

Summit Fire & EMS and Red, White & Blue Fire have been working together over the past several years to identify cost savings and opportunities to improve system efficiency, while maintaining or improving the level of patient care.

Learn more about our Emergency Services Authority efforts.