The award winning, Morristown-Hamblen Emergency Medical Service was founded in 1984 by the Morristown Emergency Rescue Squad. However, its forerunner had been an ambulance service since 1955.
EMS is a non-profit organization that has no funding from the city or county. They are staffed with 53 EMS technicians and paramedics and two office staff members. EMS is equipped with four 24-hour trucks and two staggered day trucks.
Five of the trucks are staffed with a paramedic minimum and one of the trucks is a Basic Life Support truck.
On every ambulance dispatched there is at least one paramedic and one emergency medical technician, bringing Class A service to citizens in Hamblen County. The class rating is issued by the Tennessee Department of Health-EMS.
By using the latest technology, responders are able to monitor patients with heart disease and identify heart attack victims using a 12-lead EKG monitor.
All areas of Hamblen Countyhave first responder programs staffed by city and county volunteer fire departments as well as the Morristown Rescue Squad. These agencies provide basic life support treatment even before ambulances arrive on scene.
The agency responds to an average of 1,000 calls a month. These calls include wrecks, heart attacks, respiratory distress, strokes, shootings, stabbings and other medical emergencies.
There are three stations located at 701 Merchants Green, 420 North Jackson Street and 5320 East Andrew Johnson Highway.
Because of their multiple locations, EMS has a rapid response anywhere in the city and county.
The medics who are part of Morristown-Hamblen EMS are state licensed emergency medical technicians and paramedics. EMTs complete 240 hours or more of instruction. Paramedics receive an additional year of classroom and clinical experience.
Additional training for both EMTs and paramedics is required by EMS to ensure the individuals caring for Hamblen County are well qualified.
MHEMS is also the clinical site for Walters State Community College’s first responder, EMT and paramedic programs.
An EMS committee that is made up of 16 people governs the service.
For more information call MHEMS at 423-587-3280.