Emergency Medical Services

Wayne County EMS was established by the Wayne County Board of Commissioners in October of 2001. North Carolina Bill 451 and 452 was signed into law in January of 2002. This new legislation placed the responsibility for EMS coverage squarely on county government.

The goal of the Board of Commissioners was to enhance patient care by providing the highest level of pre-hospital care and improve response time. This has been accomplished through the addition of Paramedic Units across the county, with an average response time of 8 minutes to 90% of all first out 911 calls.


Our ambulances are staffed 24 hours a day with a Paramedic and an EMT-Intermediate. EMS employees work 24 hour rotating shifts for 3 days and end their rotation with a 4 day break. Continuous coverage is accomplished with 3 shifts that are overseen by a Paramedic Shift Supervisor.

Quick Response Vehicles

In 2012, the first Quick Response Vehicles (QRV) were added to our EMS system. Two units housed at EMS Station 8 and Belfast Volunteer Fire Department provide Paramedic support to calls for service.

Administrative Staff

Wayne County EMS has the following administrative staff:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • EMS Director
  • EMS Business Manager
  • EMS Operations Officer
  • EMS Training Officer
  • QRV Paramedics

Slogan & Goal

We have one continual and endearing goal: to enhance patient care and make a difference on each and every call. This is evident in our slogan, "Wayne County EMS, Saving Lives One By One."