Cache County Emergency Medical Services (CCEMS)

Snowy plane crash
CCEMS or Cache County Emergency Medical Services is a joining of Logan City's and Cache County's emergency response units to create a unified response system. The goal of CCEMS is to provide faster ambulance and paramedic response in outlying parts of Cache County while maintaining the same high level of care to the county core. CCEMS also provides ambulance redundancy and backup to create a unified county-wide EMS system.

CCEMS has stationed ambulances in the cities of Logan, Smithfield, North Logan and Hyrum. The Smithfield, Northlogan and Hyrum  ambulances are staffed with EMT-A's which will handle the BLS (Basic Life Support) calls. Paramedics are still called to respond from Logan in a squad truck to provide ALS (Advanced Life Support) when needed. The Logan Ambulances are staffed with a combination of Paramedics and EMT-As. The closest extrication equipped station is called to respond to auto accidents.

CCEMS has been hailed by the Utah Bureau of Emergency Medical Services as a model of efficiency and cooperation in the delivery of EMS.

Totaled vehicle after a car wreckWhen a resident calls 9-1-1 for an ambulance a medically trained emergency dispatcher must quickly answer and start a conversation with the caller in order to classify the severity of the medical problem. The goal of this phone conversation is to, within seconds; match the identified medical problem with the correct medical response to provide care. Cache County EMS Authority (CCEMS) uses the most up-to-date version of the Medical Priority Dispatch System published by Priority Dispatch Corporation (the "Clawson" system), which is referred to as the "gold" standard for medical triage dispatching.

That system uses a response determinant methodology that effectively triages medical emergencies into one of five categories of seriousness, from Alpha through Echo (A,B,C,D, and E), with each successive level representing a progressively more serious likely medical condition.

No one truly knows how severe the emergency call really is until they arrive on the scene. For your safety and survival, we work from a premise that it's better to be safe and send apparatus than sorry that we don't have the personnel on scene to take care of you.  Depending on the severity, a fire engine with a medically trained crew is sent to provide needed assistance to the medics on the ambulance. The medics on the fire engine help reduce the time it takes to assess a patient and prepare them for transport to a medical facility. They also provide a level of safety for the personnel on the ambulance and the patient by assisting with removal of patients in tight quarters or large patients. The fire engine often remains on the scene for assistance, but is available to respond to another emergency if another emergency call comes in.

EMS response to winter car accident

In accordance with the recommendations of the NAEMD protocols, CCEMS' Medical Control Doctor, Dr. Porter, acting under the authority granted him by Utah State law via the regulations of the Utah State Department of Emergency Medical Services, authorized a graduated level of vehicle and EMS staffing response based upon a number of dynamic factors that endeavor to match the criticality of the patients likely condition with: 1) the needed speed of response (i.e., red lights and siren, or not); 2) number and proximity of needed vehicles; 3) staffing level; and 4) level of training of the responders (basic, intermediate, or advanced life support).

Visit the CCEMS website to learn more about CCEMS.