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Integrated System

How does the emergency medical system work?

Sedgwick County takes an integrated approach to ensure residents and visitors receive the highest quality service 24 hours a day.

When you call 9-1-1 with a medical emergency, an ambulance is dispatched and the nearest fire department is alerted. Often, the fire department will reach a scene before the ambulance arrives to assess the situation and perform first response assistance. Firefighters are trained to begin a number of procedures that will help the patient until an ambulance arrives. Paramedics and EMTs provide more advanced medical care and transport patients to medical facilities.