Emergency Medical Services at Gunnison Valley Health - EMS
Welcome to Gunnison Valley Health’s Emergency Medical Services Department!
Named Colorado’s Ambulance Service of the Year for 2020, Gunnison
Valley Health EMS is recognized & honored by the State of Colorado
as, “an ambulance service which has become a leader in patient care,
medical control, quality assurance, public education, public access, training
Our robust and diverse team of talented professionals comprises our premiere
EMS agency- an agency who further specializes in remote patient care and
austere mountain rescue. With a passion for progressive practices, our
team never stays stagnant, always focused on mastering and employing only
the best cutting edge, evidence based medicine.
Our mission is simple: to be an industry leader in prehospital healthcare, 9-1-1 response, and
All Hazards rescue, always delivering rapid solutions and aid to our Gunnison
residents and visitors in our beautiful Rocky Mountain region.
At Gunnison Valley Health EMS, our team is our family. We work continuously
to foster a healthy culture of trust, motivation and support, with just
enough competitiveness to keep us focused on perpetual improvement. In
addition to our EMS team, our large and unique response district means
we work closely with our local fire department, law enforcement agencies,
the National Park Service, & the Western Mountain Rescue Team. Because
our work in rural Gunnison County takes us to the extremes, it is critical
to have a multitude of brothers and sisters who will always have our back-
this is something we have, and of which we are so proud to be a part!
Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountain Range, in the southwest quadrant
of Colorado, Gunnison Valley Health EMS services Gunnison County, covering
a response district of 4,400 square miles- an area nearly twice the size
of Delaware! Situated near Blue Mesa, Colorado’s largest reservoir,
with the town proper elevation at over 7,700 feet, Gunnison is seated
at the bottom of several valleys, giving it a unique geography that makes
it one of the coldest locations in the nation. As such, Gunnison Valley
Health EMS is prepared to properly respond to medical emergencies in all
weather extremes. The varied terrain of our district is also noteworthy,
ranging from the low valley, high desert landscape, with sprawling sagebrush
and vast exposure, to the winding, steep river canyons, to the forested
mountainsides, up to the high alpine peaks.
All Hazards Approach
As an All Hazards team, Gunnison Valley Health EMS employs a comprehensive,
dynamic approach of preparedness in our diverse district. Covering a multitude
of terrains, we respond to an endless combination of hazards, including
environmental, topographical, & climate related conditions. Our team
is comprised of individuals certified in swift water rescue, ice rescue,
avalanche rescue, wildland firefighting, HAZMAT, emergency planning, and
rope rescue. We use an arsenal of equipment in our response, to include
snow mobiles, all-terrain vehicles, off-road vehicles and work closely
with air medical services when required.
Our team covers a large scope of pre-hospital medical care. From our IV
certified EMTs, all the way to our Critical Care paramedics, we are able
to provide advanced life support and specialized care for anything that
comes our way, including infant emergencies, air medical response, and
acute inter-facility transports. In 2019, we became the first ground EMS
agency to carry pre-hospital blood products in the state of Colorado!
While we hope to never have to serve YOU, be rest assured that our team
is ready to provide you, your family, and our community members with the
best pre-hospital medicine and rescue services available! Whatever comes
your way, we are here for you!
Gunnison Valley Health Emergency Medical Services
711 N. Taylor Street | Gunnison CO, 81230 | (970) 641-7276