Emergency Medical Services (EMS), also known as ambulance services or paramedic services, are emergency services which treat illnesses and injuries that require an urgent medical response, providing out-of-hospital treatment and transport to definitive care. EMS providers encounter a wide variety of patients in life threatening situations, from car accidents, to drownings, to incidents of cardiac arrest, stroke, overdose, trauma and mass casualty incidents. Vernon County Ambulance District currently employs 2 crews at all times to cover the city and county needs. Vernon County currently encompasses 837 square miles of ground and a population of 20,437. Cities in Missouri covered within the coverage area include: Nevada, Bronaugh, Schell City, Moundville, Sheldon, Milo, Walker, Metz, Deerfield, Stotesbury, Richards and Harwood.
Search and Rescue (SAR)
Search and Rescue is the search for individuals who are in distress or danger on land or in water. Common situations would be missing children, elderly or those with medical conditions causing altered mental status. Our staff partners with local law enforcement and First Responders to provide this service in our area.
When your local health provider does not have the services necessary to treat you, but an ambulance is medically necessary, meaning you cannot be safely transported by private vehicle, our ambulance service may be called to transport you to a different medical facility. We transport patients to a variety of hospitals in Joplin and the Kansas City area.
Water rescue is any incident that involves the removal of victims from any body of water other than a swimming pool. Vernon County Ambulance District currently has 3 employees trained in water rescue, that assist in rescue and recovery from our area lakes and rivers. Responders follow the protocol that a rescuer should enter the water only as a last resort. Rescues should be attempted in the following order: talk, throw, reach, wade, row, swim, tow and carry.