Gaston County EMS (GEMS)
|This article may rely excessively on sources too closely associated with the subject, preventing the article from being verifiable and neutral. (September 2011)|
|Headquarters||Gastonia, North Carolina|
|Jurisdiction||Gaston County, North Carolina|
|BLS or ALS||ALS|
|Medical director||Dr. Jamie Falkowitz|
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. 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). 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.
- 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 has 11 stations