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Listening Sessions for Upcoming Ambulance Service Procurements

The Abaris Group, a leading EMS Consulting Firm, has been engaged to assist County of San Diego Emergency Medical Services (EMS) by conducting Listening Sessions in affected communities to gather input regarding the delivery of ambulance services in several operating areas of San Diego County in preparation for upcoming procurements.

Prospective providers are encouraged to register on County of San Diego BuyNet to receive timely information and updates on the competitive procurement process.

Community members are encouraged to check this website periodically for listening session locations, schedules and updates and to submit their comments on the upcoming ambulance procurements directly to the Abaris Group, contact information listed below.


Unified Service Area (USA)

The Unified Service Area Plan proposes to optimize ambulance service delivery primarily in the rural, eastern portion of the County. Four ground ambulance operating areas and several currently undesignated areas are being renamed, aligned and enlarged. For more information on the USA plan, as approved by the Board of Supervisors, click here.

USA Ambulance Listening Session Flyer

San Marcos Ambulance Operating Area (serving the City of San Marcos and the San Marcos Fire Protection District)

San Marcos Ambulance Listening Session Flyer

City of National City Ambulance Operating Area (which also includes the Lower Sweetwater Fire Protection District)

National City Ambulance Listening Session Flyer


Please submit any comments or questions regarding the Listening Sessions to Mike Williams at the Abaris Group at 888-EMS-0911 or mwilliams@abarisgroup.com 

Citizens wishing to ask questions specific questions about EMS Service Delivery or any upcoming ground ambulance procurements can contact Andrew Parr, San Diego County’s EMS Administrator at andrew.parr@sdcounty.ca.gov or 619.285.6524.




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 prehospital personnel credentialing is now online through the Licensing Portal found HERE
  • For more information on the whole system, click HERE


2018 Sidewalk CPR Day - Our 7th Successful Year!

On May 17, 2018 The County of San Diego, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) coordinated a countywide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) public awareness event.    There were 22 (hands-only) Sidewalk CPR sites throughout the county, and one additional site in Tijuana, Mexico.

"Sidewalk CPR" is an annual event that is organized by HHSA, the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, San Diego Project Heart Beat, and many other agencies and is part of the County's Live Well San Diego vision.

Sidewalk CPR is a hands-only variation of adult and adolescent CPR.  It is a method that has proven to be effective, is easily taught to laypersons, and does not include any of the risks associated with mouth to mouth contact.  According to the American Heart Association CPR, when immediately performed, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival. For the seventh year providing the opportunity for the public throughout the county to learn this life saving skill demonstrates the County of San Diego’s commitment to the Live Well San Diego’s vision to maintain healthy, safe, and thriving communities.

Agencies that wish to participate next year are encouraged to contact Sue Dickinson at 619.285.6429.


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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.