Division of EMS

Cleveland EMS Holds 2017 Recognition Ceremony

The City of Cleveland's Emergency Medical Service held its 2017 Recognition Ceremony on May 25, honoring the heroic actions of paramedics and citizens who saved lives. One of the citizen honorees, Marion Johnson, was recognized for saving the lives of two people - on two separate occasions - who overdosed on heroin. "I was just in the right place at the right time," Johnson said. "It was a quick reaction. My instincts kicked in."

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City Adds Additional AEDs to Public Buildings from WKYC.com
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Cleveland EMS Today

Cleveland EMS is staffed with, on average, 260 professionals who run 18 state-of-the-art advanced life support ambulances handling over 115,000 emergency calls annually. The dispatch center is now run locally with certified Emergency Medical Dispatchers trained on a Computer Aided Dispatching system which allows for call prioritizing, pre-arrival instructions, and the tracking of ambulances and support vehicles.

The Division’s emergency medical personnel receive rigorous education, training, and performance evaluations to make certain that Cleveland's citizens and visitors receive the best pre-hospital medical care in times of need.

Cleveland EMS History

Cleveland's Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Division was one of the country's first. Prior to its formation, police cars were used for emergency hospital transportation. A federal grant enabled the City to purchase a dozen ambulances and train 120 Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT's).

EMS Medic 9 (based out of University Hospitals at that time) responded to its first call at 9:00 am on October 13th, 1975. Cleveland EMS handled over 80,000 emergency calls that year. At that time, a central dispatch center received nationwide 911 calls which were then routed to the appropriate cities.

Advances in medicine, technology, education and training allowed the division to make major improvements. Public awareness grew as people recognized that EMS services were increasing survival rates for the critically sick and injured.