Emergency Medical Services

  1. History
  2. Services Provided
  3. Join The Team
Onslow County Emergency Medical Services (OCEMS) was established in October of 1987, built upon the foundation laid by our Volunteer Rescue Squads. The system first began with only two ambulances operating at the EMT-Intermediate level.

Within two years, OCEMS achieved the paramedic level status and in March of 1990, we became a county-wide service, utilizing 6 ambulances to provide Advanced Life Support (ALS) emergency care to the citizens of Onslow County. 

In 1987, OCEMS averaged about 4,000 calls a year. Currently, OCEMS has a call volume of over 16,000 emergency medical calls per year utilizing 9 ALS ambulances.