Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
The mission of North Blanco County EMS is to be recognized in the community as a leader in providing, improving and enhancing emergency medical services for Blanco County.
North Blanco County EMS is a non-profit organization which has been providing compassionate and competent pre-hospital emergency care to the citizens of Blanco County for the past 40 years under contract to the North Blanco County Emergency Services District #1. North Blanco County EMS was established in 1972 by a dedicated group of volunteers and was originally formed as the Johnson City Volunteer Ambulance Association. We service an area of approximately 550 square miles, with an estimated population of 6,300 people. Our response district encompasses the Johnson City ISD and includes the communities of Johnson City, Round Mountain, Hye and Sandy. Our territory includes 44 miles of three heavily-traveled major highways (US Highway 290, US Highway 281 and State Highway 71), Lyndon B. Johnson National Park and Pedernales Falls State Park. Our central station houses our three ambulances, administrative offices and staff, crew quarters and training center. Our station is staffed 24/7 by our dedicated personnel, with full-time coverage at the MICU level.
North Blanco County EMS operates three ambulances from our central station. We operate two Medtec Type III ambulances, and one Frazer Type I Ambulance. We transitioned from Medtec modules to Frazer modules beginning in 2013 after Medtec was shut down, and the Frazer modules provide much greater cost-benefit in the long run. All three ambulances are identically stocked and are licensed through the Department of State Health Services as BLS with MICU capability. We operate our 911 ambulances at the MICU level, which are typically staffed with (1) Paramedic and (1) EMT-Basic. All of our units are equipped with top of the line LifePak 15 cardiac monitors with numerous features including 12-lead ECG and End Tidal CO2 technology, as well as EZ-IO Devices, CPAP, Video Laryngoscopes, 51 different medications, Stryker PowerPro XT stretchers and Electronic PCR toughbooks.
In addition to our fleet of ambulances, we also have a pick-up truck that is utilized as a command vehicle, as well as a Mass Casualty Incident Trailer which is stocked with supplies and equipment to treat 25 patients.