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Emergency Medical Services

For more information phone 619-285-6429 or send us an email.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) ensures that emergency medical services, including 9-1-1 ambulance services, and trauma care services are of the highest quality. EMS also provides services in two ambulance districts and is involved in community education, prevention and research projects.

** PLEASE NOTE NEW CERTIFICATION HOURS: Monday - Thursday 8am-4pm, Friday closed for Certification; see About EMS for more information.

**NOTE HOLIDAY OFFICE CLOSURE: EMS offices will be closed to the public beginning 12noon on Thursday, December 24, 2009 through January 3, 2010 (opening 8 am on Jan 4). **

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About EMS

6255 Mission Gorge Road
San Diego CA 92120-3599
Corner of Mission Gorge and Glacier
(Entrance for EMS is on Glacier)


New! Business hours *EFFECTIVE March 30, 2009*:

Certification:Monday through Thursday8:00AM - 4:00PM
Main Office:Monday through Friday8:00AM - 5:00PM
Phone #:(619) 285-6429 
FAX #:(619) 285-6531 

Click here to see what holidays EMS offices are closed to public.

NEW! PLEASE NOTE NEW HOURS! Effective March 30, 2009, certification/recertification/licensure/relicensure: Monday - Thursday 8am-4pm. Staff will not be available for front desk assistance/certification on Fridays. Please see notice for more information.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is a branch of the Health and Human Services Agency's Public Health Services. It is the 'local EMS agency' (LEMSA) as defined in California law. Its purpose is to ensure that the quality of emergency medical services, which includes 9-1-1 ambulance services, trauma care services, and non-emergency ambulance services, is of the highest quality. As the regulatory agency for emergency medical services, EMS certifies/accredits prehospital personnel and approves training programs for prehospital personnel; designates participants in the countywide EMS system (base hospitals, advanced life support providers, trauma centers, etc.); monitors system activity with a large data collection network; develops policies and protocols governing the delivery of emergency medical services in the county; and provides the framework for medical quality improvement activities. Additionally, it provides services within two ambulance districts (County Service Areas 17 & 69) and implements numerous community education, prevention and research projects.

New!  California Emergency Medical Services Authority - For information about the state EMS License Plate Program including a sample of the plate.

Recent incidents involving U.S. citizens who were injured in traffic crashes in Mexico have highlighted the significant differences between the legal systems of Mexico and the United States. Information for travelers who drive to Mexico.

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When to Call 9-1-1

San Diego County's emergency access number for fire, police or medical emergencies is "9-1-1". At times you may not be sure whether it is appropriate to use this emergency number for medical problems. Here are some guidelines that may help you decide if this a real medical emergency.


For more information phone 619-285-6429 or send us an email.