EMS is a network of services coordinated to provide aid and medical assistance from primary response to definitive care, involving personnel trained in the rescue, stabilization, transportation, and advanced treatment of traumatic or medical emergencies. Linked by a communication system that operates on both a local and a regional level, EMS is a tiered system of care, which is usually initiated by citizen action in the form of a telephone call to an emergency number (911). Subsequent stages include the emergency medical dispatch, first-responding medical personnel, ambulance personnel, medium and heavy rescue equipment, and paramedic units, if necessary. In the hospital, service is provided by emergency department nurses, emergency department physicians, specialists, and critical care nurses and physicians.
How is the department of EMS organized?
The organization of Fort Bend County Emergency Medical Service is viewable in graphic format.
What is a Battalion Chief?
EMS Battalion Chiefs are field supervisors who operate both within a geographical region (battalion) as well as countywide. The Battalion Chiefs operate SUVs just as Squads, and regularly respond to critical calls where their advanced leadership and medical knowledge can be used to quickly mitigate the situation.
What is an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)?
Emergency medical technician (EMT) and ambulance technician are terms used in some countries to denote a health care provider of emergency medical services. EMTs are clinicians, trained to respond quickly to emergency situations regarding medical issues, traumatic injuries and accident scenes.
What are the requirements for certification or licensure as an EMT or Paramedic in Texas?
Texas has five levels of certification. The highest is Licensed Paramedic, followed by EMT-Paramedic, Advanced EMT, EMT-Basic and Emergency Care Attendant (ECA).
To view EMS certification/licensure rules and policies, visit the Texas Department of State Health Services Rules/Policies page.
EMS degree programs are available, though many courses are offered through technical programs and others are approved through programs outside college settings. In Texas, EMS training programs are approved and monitored by staff in field offices located throughout the state. Contact the field office nearest you for information on available EMS courses.
You must be at least 18 years old
Have a high school diploma or GED cerfificate
Successfully complete a DSHS approved EMS training course
Submit a completed EMS Personnel Certification application and fee
Pass the National Registry exam
Submit fingerprints for Texas/FBI criminal history check
Paramedic licensure applicants are required to follow the steps above and submit proof of either a two-year EMS degree or a four-year degree in any field. See equivalency.
How do I learn more about pursuing a career in EMS?
Texas has five levels of certification. The highest is licensed paramedic, followed by EMT-P, EMT-intermediate, EMT-basic and emergency care attendant (ECA).
EMS degree programs are available, though many courses are offered through technical programs and others are approved through programs outside college settings. In Texas, EMS training programs are approved and monitored by staff in field offices located throughout the state. Contact the EMS Field Office nearest you.
If interested in an exciting career opportunity with Fort Bend County EMS, please visit our employment page for more information.
How do I pay an ambulance bill?
There are several ways to pay an EMS invoice(s). Submit payments either in person, by mail, or from the privacy of home using the convenient online payment feature. Be advised, when paying online, Official Payments (the company who handles the payment transaction(s) for Fort Bend County), will add a $6.25 service fee to a one-time payment and will add a $6.25 service fee to any subsequent payment transactions using the online payment service. For example, when submitting a payment of $500.00, the transaction will reflect a total payment of $506.25 (the $500.00 payment and a $6.25 service fee). Then, if submitting a subsequent $100.00 payment, at a later time, it will be treated as a new payment transaction and another $6.25 fee will be added to the total payment.
For more information, contact patient account services at 281-633-7064.
* Please note: The service fee is a separate charge and DOES NOT apply to the invoice payment.
Where is the administrative office of EMS located?
An ambulance bus (medical ambulance bus, AmBus, AmbuBus or MAB) is a type of ambulance used to transport and treat multiple patients who require ambulance-level care. Ambulance buses are used for a number of different purposes, including mass casualty incident response, disaster response, on-site triage, supporting other agencies, etc. Ambulance buses are equipped with advanced equipment and capability providing an additional layer of response coverage.
What is an MICU?
An MICU is a Mobile Intensive Care Unit, whereas an Ambulance is a generic term referring to a type of vehicle. The MICU carries an increased supply of advanced life support equipment and is staffed by at least one or two paramedics at all times.
What is a Squad?
A Squad is an SUV used for advanced life support (ALS) quick response. Used typically in rural areas, Squads operate with one paramedic and a limited equipment cache. Squads initiate all standard ALS interventions just as an MICU would; including CPR, advanced airway placement, and medication administration. Once patients are stable and transferred to an MICU for transport, the Squad goes back in to service to handle other EMS responses.