History of Milwaukee County EMS
The Milwaukee County Paramedic Program began with the Medical College of Wisconsin receiving a grant from the federal government to further develop its EMS system. This grant was a result of the “EMS Systems Act” of 1973. The West Allis fire department volunteered to be the first fire department to send EMT/Basic firefighters to the Milwaukee County Paramedic Training Center (PTC) to go through a newly established paramedic course.
In 1975, the original grant ended and the Milwaukee County Board funded what was then called the "paramedic program". In 1996 the "paramedic program" name was changed to the "Milwaukee County Emergency Medical System" (MC EMS), to better reflect the full scope of the out-of-hospital emergency medical services provided to the citizens of Milwaukee County.
Milwaukee County Emergency Medical Services (MC EMS) is a division within the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services. The EMS System is a comprehensive, coordinated entity of nineteen municipalities servicing 241 square miles and approximately one million people through the activation of the 911 Emergency Response System.
EMS is an integral part of our health care community administering critical emergency medicine in pre-hospital settings. Milwaukee County EMS is responsible for administering the operation and maintenance of County-wide emergency medical services through contractual agreements with nine of Milwaukee County’s nineteen municipalities to provide Advanced Life Support (ALS), paramedic level, emergency medical services and three municipalities to provide basic life support (BLS) emergency medical services. Milwaukee County EMS provides administration, medical control, education, health information management, medical supplies, quality assurance, medical communications and dispatch guidelines for the municipal fire department ALS and BLS agencies.
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Emergency Medical Services Division
9501 W. Watertown Plank Rd.
Telephone: (414) 257-6661
Fax: (414) 257-7919