Gaston County EMS (GEMS)

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Gaston County Emergency Medical Services
Established 1982
Headquarters Gastonia, North Carolina
Jurisdiction Gaston County, North Carolina
Medical director Dr. Jamie Falkowitz
Responses 35,000

Gaston County Emergency Medical Services (GEMS) is the Emergency Medical Service for Gaston County, North Carolina. This is the Emergency Service Provided by the County, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They respond to 35,000 calls annually.[citation needed] The service provides advanced life support. GEMS was the first EMS organization within the State of North Carolina to achieve national accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS).[citation needed] GEMS has 9 paramedic stations & 10 ems post throughout the county. Gaston County Emergency Medical Service headquarters is located in Gastonia, North Carolina. GEMS primarily transports patients to Gaston Memorial Hospital and other outlying facilities in neighboring counties.

GEMS is also supported by the local rescue squads throughout the county. These include South Point Lifesaving Crew, Stanley Civil Defense Rescue, Dallas Rescue, Ranlo Fire and Rescue, Gaston Lifesaving Crew (now defunct), Crowders Mountain Rescue, Cherryville Rescue (now defunct), And the local fire departments that respond to medical calls.

Special teams[edit]

  • Bicycle Emergency Response Team (B.E.R.T)
  • Dive Rescue and Recovery Team
  • Honor Guard
  • S.T.A.R. Team (Specialized Tactics and Rescue Team)
  • Tactical Medic Team
  • Structural Collapse and Trench (S.C.A.T)
  • Personnel Rehab Unit (P.R.U)
GEMS Ambulance at the scene of an emergency
GEMS Special Response Unit

GEMS has 11 stations

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