The Norton County Commissioners are striving to keep Norton County citizens up to date on county services and departments. They are highlighting a different department each month.
Norton County EMS leads the way in providing quality care and compassion to all they serve. NCEMS has 20 technicians covering three stations within 990 square miles. There are 3 First Responders, 15 Emergency Medical Technicians, and 2 Paramedics. Six of those are full time with NCEMS and 14 are volunteers that work at other full time jobs. Ambulances are stationed in Lenora, Almena and Norton. The Norton station is staffed from 8-5 everyday. After hours the full time staff and volunteers cover all 911 calls, transfers for the Norton County Hospital and Advance Life Support for surrounding counties. They are paid only if a call is received. In 2010 NCEMS handled 548 Emergency Medical Service calls including 270 transported to the hospital, 111 transported by ground to facilities providing a higher level of care, 22 patients air lifted to a higher level of care, 90 patients received field care and refused transport to the hospital, 16 alcohol blood draws at the county jail, 39 standby calls for fire, fair, car races, drags, motocross races, school activities, July 4thfireworks, and other community events. The EMSms continues to be active to obtain Federal and State grants, private funding, and corporate donations along with a proactive billing and collection system. NCEMS holds a Continuing Education Program Provider status through the State of Kansas Board of EMS. Aden Schillig and Pat Pomeroy, Paramedics and Instructor Coordinators bring a wealth of knowledge and a combination of 39 years of experience to our staff. Both have taught initial EMT courses in Norton and other communities. Both teach safety courses, advanced EMS continuing education, and various specialized courses in emergency medicine, rescue, and defensive driving. the ems teaches CPR to professionals and lay people within the county and region. This ensures ongoing medical educational opportunities for all EMS staff and others within our community. NCEMS is dedicated to serving the citizens and visitors of Norton County. Each day the professional attendants strive to provide the highest quality emergency pre-hospital care to all. Together with Dr. Martin Griffey as the EMS Medical Director and area health care facilities, EMS shares a collaborative relationship to ensure the best pre-hospital care for all citizens and visitors within Norton County. Progressive protocols for treating and transporting the sick and injured insure quality care for our rural communities. The community is always welcome to stop by and see the EMS Station, trucks, and equipment used for emergency calls. Jane Wyatt is the Director for the Norton County Emergency Medical Service.