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30-day Public Comment Period for Study Regarding Improving Emergency Medical Services in San Diego County’s Backcountry and Other Rural Areas

                                                        Public Comment Period is open from:                                                        October 13, 2017 to November 12, 2017

County of San Diego Emergency Medical Services (EMS) has produced a draft study entitled “Improving Emergency Medical Services in San Diego County”, and is providing the opportunity for the public to provide comment on the study.  The study includes concepts to improve access to care and quality within the emergency medical services delivery system in San Diego County’s unincorporated backcountry and other rural areas.

The draft study will be available for public comment for a 30-day comment period that will begin on October 13, 2017 and end on November 12, 2017.

The draft study can be viewed here.

A copy of the draft study is also available for viewing in the lobby of the County EMS offices at 6255 Mission Gorge Road, San Diego, CA 92120.  The document is available for review between 9:00am and 4:00pm each weekday during the public comment period, except for November 10, 2017, which is a County Holiday.

Interested persons are encouraged to review the text of the draft study and provide comments. All comments must be received by 5:00 PM on November 12, 2017.

Please submit comments using the draft study feedback form.  Forms can be mailed to:

Emergency Medical Services                                                                                                                             County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency                                                                                     c/o Janet Wolchko                                                                                                                                                   6255 Mission Gorge Road                                                                                                                                       San Diego, CA 92120

Comments can also be submitted via e-mail to janet.wolchko@sdcounty.ca.gov

In addition, County EMS will be available to answer questions and receive input in person on the following dates:

Feedback Sessions:

Forum Date Location Time
Oct. 19, 2017 EMS Office, Conference Rm. A 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Oct. 26, 2017 EMS Office, Medical Operations Center (MOC) 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Nov. 2, 2017 EMS Office, Conference Rm. A 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Nov. 9, 2017 EMS Office, Conference Rm. A 1:00pm - 2:30pm

EMS Office is located at 6255 Mission Gorge Road, San Diego, CA 92120

After the end of the 30-day public review and comment period, the study will be brought before the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

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CoSD LEMSIS Has Gone Live!

The County of San Diego EMS, with the cooperation of local EMS partners, has implemented a new electronic, cloud-based data program, the CoSD Local EMS Information System (CoSD LEMSIS):

  • All agencies in San Diego County are now using this new system
  • Patient Care Record (PCR) is now deployed after a successful pilot program
  • The prior collection system, QCS, is decommissioned and no longer available (Effective July 1, 2017)
  • Agencies now must collect their data electronically in a NEMSIS-compliant format and transfer it to CoSD LEMSIS
  • Resource Bridge for hospitals is live and in use by all hospitals (Effective June 28, 2017)
  • All prehospital personnel credentialing is now online through the Licensing Portal found HERE
  • For more information on the whole system, click HERE

County of San Diego Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is a part of the Health and Human Services Agency's (HHSA's) Medical Care Services Division.  HHSA is the 'local EMS agency', or LEMSA, as defined in California law. 

State of California Emergency Medical Services Law Health & Safety Code Section 1797.200

California's EMS Act authorizes each county to develop an EMS program and to designate a local EMS agency (LEMSA) that oversees the delivery of EMS within that geographic area:




When to Call

San Diego County's emergency access number for fire, police or medical emergencies is "9-1-1". At times you may not be sure whether it is appropriate to use this emergency number for medical problems. 

Guidelines to help you know when to call 9-1-1.






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