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911 Field Operations Nature Coast EMS

The Field Operations division includes all field staff deployed on ALS and BLS 911 emergency ambulances. Our ambulances are deployed using a hybrid staffing model including 24-hour shifts and system status unit deployment. The shifts are 12-hour, 16-hour and 24-hour fixed schedules. In addition to ambulances, we deploy a Battalion Chief at all times and a Chief of Operations during business hours M – F. When available, an ALS Paramedic Response Vehicle responds when needed and a paramedic navigator is deployed to assist crews with hospital turn-around times.

All units are equipped with GPS tracking to assure the closest unit responds to calls and mobile data terminals to receive call dispatch information. The patient charting is completed on a Microsoft Surface Pro that is integrated into the Computer Aided Dispatch system.

NCEMS paramedics and EMT’s use an extensive set of Clinical Care Guidelines (Protocols and Standing Orders) approved by the EMS Medical Director. The majority of clinical care guidelines permit standing order medication and skill treatments. NCEMS carries a full complement of ALS gear, Zoll X Series cardiac monitors (12-lead, BP, pulse ox and CO2), C-Pap, IV Pumps, King Airways as a secondary device and military-grade tourniquets.

Community Engagement Nature Coasst EMS

NCEMS is able to leverage expertise in the field of pre-hospital emergency care to bring enhanced services, more efficient management and cost efficiencies to the emergency services of our partners’ patient base.

Partnerships, such as those developed between Citrus Memorial Hospital and Bayfront Seven Rivers, typically include critical care, emergency and non-emergency patient transportation between facilities.

Emergency medical education is taught on location at our administration building Lecanto, Florida or we can bring the education to your site. Education provided is American Heart Association CPR, ACLS, PALS, AED, state approved and accredited Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic education.

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Critical Care Transport Nature Coast EMS

Nature Coast EMS, through a quality improvement process, identified that in the area of interfacility transfers of the most critical patients, a higher level of care would benefit these high acuity patients. Locally, when air medical (helicopter) is not available, our Critical Care Paramedic (CCP) Team is the best option for these patients to reach definitive care.

NCEMS was the lead on the development of the minimum curriculum for Florida’s Critical Care Paramedic Program, and has successfully implemented a Critical Care Paramedic Program at Nature Coast EMS that provides the service of “Critical Care without walls” for the interfacility transfer of the sick and injured as well as the high risk obstetrical patients.  The NCEMS Critical Care Paramedic Course is done in collaboration with local hospitals, obstetrical providers, and other partners to offer students the clinical experience that makes the difference.

We designed a curriculum and implemented a program to educate critical care paramedics to better serve patients during complicated long-distance transfers to hospitals.

This protocol development and implementation has been shared with other agencies and this education has resulted in better care for our patients and our community.

Fleet Maintenance - Nature Coast EMS

Our savings can be your savings. A division of NCEMS is able to ensure the reliability of our fleet by operating a Support Services Division including our in-hour fleet maintenance. Taking care of our own vehicles ourselves is a major cost reduction, saves hours of down-time and we can pass our savings on to you!

Comprehensive diagnostic equipment and techniques are used to perform preventative maintenance and repair services at high mechanical standards for all emergency, non-emergency and support vehicles within the system. Each vehicle undergoes a complete service evaluation at prescribed intervals, based on recommended service miles.

The division uses comprehensive diagnostic equipment and techniques designed to reduce downtime and prevent breakdowns while in service. Each vehicle undergoes a complete service and evaluation at the prescribed intervals based on running time hours.

Special Events Nature Coast EMS

Nature Coast EMS provides professional medical coverage for a wide range of special events within Citrus County, including festivals, parades, concerts, holiday celebrations, and more.

We provide a wide array of special event services including dedicated and non-dedicated standby’s with ALS and BLS coverage. We also provide non-medical standby services through our Explorer program who are trained in CPR and First Aid.

Sponsors of events in our service area can ask NCEMS to provide medical coverage throughout Citrus County in any of these ways:

  • Advanced life support ATV: A paramedic certified in advanced life support will patrol the grounds in a specially equipped golf cart.
  • Basic life support ATV: An emergency medical technician certified in basic life support will patrol the grounds in a specially equipped golf cart.
  • Basic life support unit coverage: Two emergency medical technicians will stand by with an ambulance equipped for basic life support.
  • Advanced life support unit coverage: At least one paramedic and one emergency medical technician will stand by with an ambulance equipped for advanced life support.
  • Paramedic Response Vehicle (PRV): One paramedic operating an emergency response vehicle with all applicable equipment to provide ALS care
Nature Coast EMS Water Rescue

Nature Coast EMS started the first surface water rescue team in our area. This team trains with local law enforcement and the U. S. Coast Guard. The joint training is designed to enhance skills of the EMT and Paramedic Team Members on how to assist and mitigate a water rescue incident when faced with these calls.

This class requires a lot of in-water activity. A total swim of over 2000 yards is expected for the entire duration of the class. This course of instruction exceeds the NFPA standards for Technical Water Rescue.

Nature Coast EMS is committed to keeping all team members safe and has trained all field team members in surface water rescue awareness. The water rescue team members in the photo are two Nature Coast EMS Paramedics and U.S. Coast Guard Yankeetown Team.