Westchester Emergency Medical Services also known
as Westchester EMS has been serving Westchester
County, New York since July 31, 2000. Westchester
EMS is the only hospital based not for profit
ambulance agency in the Hudson Valley region.
Westchester EMS is a member of
the Stellaris Health Network. The member hospitals
are Lawrence Hospital Center, Northern Westchester
Hospital, Phelps Memorial Hospital Center and
White Plains Hospital. Our mission is to serve our
member hospitals and patients with the highest
quality pre-hospital care and patient transports.
Since September 2000,
Westchester EMS has been providing Advanced Life
Support (ALS) Paramedic intercept “fly-car”
service to the Westchester County communities of
Bedford, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, New Castle, North
Castle, North Salem, Pound Ridge and Somers. In
concert with local volunteer ambulance corps and
fire departments, the paramedics respond to
emergencies covering over 200 square miles. In
2011, WEMS became the first authorized paramedic
agency to record and transmit 12 lead EKG heart
monitoring to participating hospitals in the
region. This technology allows real time
consultation with emergency room physicians
allowing for quicker and more appropriate care for
heart attack victims.
Our coordinated response with
local volunteers to the 2001 World Trade Center
attacks reinforced our need to work closely with
our volunteer partners. WEMS has coordinated and
participated in various drills with other agencies
and hospitals in our region. This effort continues
today and 2012 will mark the first coordinated
disaster drill with the four Stellaris Network
hospitals and Westchester EMS.
Since June 2002, Westchester
EMS has been providing emergency dispatching and
communication services to the Somers Volunteer
Fire Department. The Dispatch Center is located in
Lincolndale and operates a secondary Public Safety
Answering Point (PSAP) for the Westchester County
911 System. In 2010, Westchester EMS started EMT
staffing for Somers Fire Department EMS.
WEMS utilizes state of the art
dispatching technology complete with computer
aided dispatching (CAD) and global positioning
system (GPS) vehicle tracking technology.