The mission of Greenwich Emergency Medical Service (GEMS) is to provide the highest level of pre-hospital emergency medical care to reduce the risk of death and disability due to trauma and sudden illness.
Prior to GEMS, six independent volunteer ambulance corps staffed by Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s) provided Basic Life Support provided emergency care in Greenwich. While volunteer ambulance companies served the community well for many years, major advances in pre-hospital treatment could not be incorporated into the volunteer based systems.
In 1984-1985, an in-depth study was conducted to design a unified system to meet the Advanced Life Support needs of the residents of Greenwich within an eight-minute response time. As a result, the Board of Estimate and Taxation and the Representative Town Meeting approved the creation and funding of GEMS as a not for profit agency.
With the creation of GEMS, a single, unified ambulance system, utilizing both paid and volunteering staff, serves the community. We are proud to note that GEMS is currently used as a model for several systems up grading their EMS services.
Through the efforts of our staff, and their reputation for excellence, GEMS has gained statewide recognition for our demanding professional standards, a system design that assures rapid responses, innovative technology, excellent training opportunities, and comprehensive community outreach programs.