ESF-8 Partner Emergency Medical Services (EMS) serves as the front-line agency in a disaster. EMS is responsible for locating, evaluating, treating, and transporting the sick and injured.
Kansas EMS agencies are supported in a disaster by MERGe, a state-wide mutual aid group, which can help coordinate regional assistance to help when local EMS resources are taxed. Two specialty Disaster Medical Support Units (DMSUs) reside within our region and are capable of supporting EMS agencies during a disaster.
EMS plays a vital role in the mitigation, planning, response, and on-going aspects of public health and medical disasters in Kansas. EMS personnel are highly-trained healthcare professionals that work with other ESF-8 Partners to serve their communities not just during a disaster, but every day of the year.