GCEMS was awarded the 2010 New Jersey Outstanding Public EMS Agency of the Year award by the New Jersey Department of Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services and the New Jersey EMS Council.
Gloucester County EMS Completes 1st Year of Service
Gloucester County Emergency Medical Service (GCEMS) initiated service at 5:00 am on September 30, 2007. Since that time the department has provided around the clock lifesaving emergency medical services to the residents and visitors of Clayton, East Greenwich, Glassboro, Logan, Paulsboro, Pitman, Mantua, Swedesboro, West Deptford and Woolwich. Greenwich and National Park joined the GCEMS family in 2008 and Woodbury has began service in 2009.
Since its inception, GCEMS has responded more than 12000 times to 9-1-1 calls, with an average response time system wide of less than 6 minutes. This is almost 3 minutes lower than the 8 minute 59 second gold standard set by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services. The Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders committed to providing service to the participating municipalities at this gold standard level.
At the one year benchmark, GCEMS staffs a minimum of 9 ambulances around the clock, and staffs a tenth ambulance during periods of peak call volume. Additional staffing is added based upon poor weather conditions, increased call volume, community events and similar circumstances.
The 180 plus staff members place the safety and well-being of Gloucester County residents as their highest priority.
Community First Aid and CPR Training Available
Gloucester County EMS (GCEMS) considers community training and outreach to be a high priority. To meet that responsibility, GCEMS has recently become an official American Health and Safety Institute (ASHI) Training Center.
The ASHI Training Center designation allows GCEMS to provide first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training to the taxpayers of Gloucester County.
This potentially life saving training is available free of charge to community groups, church groups, youth sport organizations, scouting organizations, senior groups and other County of Gloucester public safety agencies. The training is also available to commercial entities at a nominal charge (to recover instructional costs).
Classes may be scheduled at GCEMS stations or other locations within the county, including the hosting group’s normal meeting place.
A list of the different training certifications are available by contacting the GCEMS office at (856)307-7120 or at the official GCEMS website at gloucestercountyems.org/ and selecting the training link.
ASHI information may also be found at www.cpr-guy.com
What is Dynamic Staging?
Several municipal officials have asked how Gloucester County EMS (GCEMS) is able to consistently meet the Board of Chosen Freeholder response standards. One even noted that three calls occurred virtually simultaneously, yet all three were handled seamlessly. “We would have difficulty handling one in a timely fashion, let alone three. How does GCEMS do it?”
GCEMS uses a relatively new process termed dynamic staging. GCEMS crews are posted and reposted throughout the day at critical response points in anticipation of 9-1-1 calls for EMS. “By moving crews around based upon call volume we are able to assure uniform coverage throughout the GCEMS coverage area. We want to make sure that not only does the first resident receive rapid and professional service, but the second, third, fourth etc… receive the same level of care” explained GCEMS Chief Andy Lovell. The Chief further stated that this is why a resident may note a GCEMS crew staged near a highway entrance, staged in an area between several stations or stopped on the side of the roadway at 3:00 am. “We always want to be available when a taxpayer needs us” said the Chief.