Lake EMS Special Response Division

In early 2016, Lake EMS decided to initiate a Special Response Division within its Operations Department. The mission of this Specialized Division is to have the ability to provide early advanced life support care through a highly skilled rescue Paramedic, with the assistance of an equally specialized EMT, in any situation or circumstance within our 1,163 square mile response area in Lake County, Florida.

Today the Special Response Division has grown to encompass five unique areas with the ability to access, assess, and treat critically ill or injured patients that may be found in nearly any adverse circumstance. This division offers a team that specializes in:

  • Rescue Task Force
  • Segway Team
  • Bike Team
  • Water Rescue Team
  • Community Outreach

Lake EMS Rescue Paramedics and EMTs are highly trained, experienced, and dedicated employees who believe in the mission and the community that they serve.

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Lake EMS director receives strong evaluation

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Lake EMS Executive Director Jerry Smith (photo by Amber Riccinto, Daily Commercial)

Lake Emergency Medical Services Executive Director Jerry Smith received high marks from the Lake EMS board of directors.

Board members commended Smith for his strong leadership and processes put in place to improve the organization.

Smith added two ambulances: one in Grand Island and the other in Clermont at the beginning of 2016 to meet the demand for services. At the request of the board, he also added an ambulance back in Astor this past spring.

In addition, Smith said he instituted a specific hiring plan so in the event he has open positions he is able to hire individuals quickly and train them; he also said he improved training by adding two new simulation mannequins.

[Continue reading the full article at the Daily Commercial]