Your lifeline since 1975

Sandusky County EMS continues to respond 24 hours a day during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  We are remaining up to date on the most current best practices to keep citizens and providers safe.  This agency is working closely with our regional medical direction, the state of Ohio and other local agencies. Citizens can stay up to date on the ongoing COVID-19 situation with these local, state and federal resources.

Who we are

Sandusky County Emergency Medical Service (SCEMS) is a professional 911 emergency response and transport agency operated by the Sandusky County Board of Commissioners.  SCEMS is the primary Emergency Medical Service provider for the more than 60,000 residents and all visitors to Sandusky County Ohio.  SCEMS covers more than 400 square miles including a large portion of the Ohio Turnpike. The county is a mix of rural, suburban, and industrial areas located in and between several cities, the largest of which is Fremont (population 17k).  SCEMS responds to approximately six thousand emergency calls per year and provides standby coverage for a variety of events and incidents. SCEMS is one of only a handful of CAAS accredited EMS services in Ohio and takes pride in providing the best quality prehospital care available.

How we work

Our command structure follows the traditional format of most modern public safety agencies. The EMS Chief oversees operations, planning, logistics, and finance of the entire department.   Three shift Captains are responsible for all the day-to-day operations. Each shift captain responds in a fully ALS stocked non-transport vehicle for runs that meet critical criteria and/or have the potential need for additional resources.  Field operations are structured into three 24 hour shifts. Each shift staffs five ALS ambulances (Life Squads) strategically housed throughout Sandusky County; either in local fire departments or in standalone stations. In addition to the normal daily operations SCEMS operates a transport capable ATV, bariatric transport unit, and mass casualty/rehab trailer and provides medical coverage for the County Sheriff’s SRT (SWAT) team. SCEMS staff also participate in the county drone team and Project Lifesaver program.  SCEMS also provides a variety of community outreach and education programs to schools, government agencies and businesses.  SCEMS responds with and works closely with numerous local first responders both full time and volunteer, offering resources, training, and supplies.  Sandusky County EMS works closely with the local medical, fire and law enforcement communities and maintains mutual aid relationships with surrounding departments.

How we excel

Northwest Ohio EMS Consortium, our medical direction, is a hands-on physician group that provides medical oversight and develops progressive evidence based medical guidelines. The Northwest Ohio EMS Consortium consists of multiple Emergency Room Physicians from numerous regional ERs including Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo. The Consortium challenges SCEMS to stay progressive and current with advancements in the medical field and meet established bench marks through training a quality assurance. SCEMS has been awarded the American Heart Association Mission Lifeline award for meeting and exceeding cardiac care benchmarks.  Currently SCEMS is equipped with Zoll X Series Monitors, Zoll Autopulse Mechanical CPR devices, EZ IO Drills, Video Laryngoscopes, Stryker Power Cots with Power Load systems, HoverMat, HoverJack, Binderlift and Mega Mover bariatric devices, EKG telemetry, Electronic Charting and numerous other modern devices and tools.  SCEMS transports to more than ten Regional Hospitals based on patient condition and preference and works with multiple area aeromedical services.