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Frequently Asked Questions - Western EMS

How do I contact Western EMS ?

You can contact EMS by dialing 9-1-1, activating one of the "Blue Light" boxes, or dialing 309-298-1949 (Office of Public Safety).

What hours does EMS operate?

EMS operates 7 days a week during the Spring and Fall semester from 7 PM to 7 AM. Macomb Fire/Rescue & McDonough District Hospital provides emergency medical response while EMS is off duty.

Does EMS charge for a response?

Western EMS does not charge for normal services provided to a patient (bandages, crew response, etc.). Charges would only result from a responding ambulance through McDonough District Hospital.

What level of services does EMS provide?

Western EMS is licensed by the Illinois Department of Public Health to provide Quick Response medical care at the Basic Life Support (BLS) level. Western EMS operates under the medical control of McDonough District Hospital EMS System. Western EMS carries medications used to treat a number of ailments, such as albuterol, epinephrine, nitroglycerine, aspirin, oral glucose and oxygen.

EMS will always respond with at least two personnel, typically with 3 personnel - an EMT-Basic and two First Responders.

Does Western EMS provide standby coverage?

Yes, please see the page on how to request ems coverage.

Does Western EMS offer EMT courses?

Unfortunately we do not offer Emergency Medical Technician courses. WIU offers an EMT-Basic course that is 2 semesters long, and Spoon River College offers a course that is 1 semester long. You can also contact your local community college and see if they offer an EMT course.

New members into the organization that do not currently hold EMT-B licenses or FR certifications will partake in a First Responder training course, licensed through the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Does Western EMS offer Continuing Education Courses?

Continuing Education courses are held for current members only.