Oneida EMS

2015 Oneida County Ambulance Summary Report
2016 Ambulance Assessment & Long Range Plan

County in conjunction with St. Mary’s Hospital and Howard Young Medical Center provides ambulance service to the citizens of Oneida County and its visitors.

The County’s responsibility is to provide ambulance equipment to the hospitals and subsidizes employee wages.

Oneida County currently owns and operates nine ambulances and one back-up unit.  The ambulances are placed in different locations throughout the County.  Three ambulances are based out of Howard Young Medical Center and three ambulances are based out of St. Mary’s Hospital.  Three additional ambulances are located in the Towns of Three Lakes, Sugar Camp and Pelican Lake.

Oneida County currently contracts with the Town of Arbor Vitae in Vilas County, the Town of Harrison in Lincoln County, the Town of Parrish in Langlade County, and the Town of Hiles in Forest County. 

Ambulance Locations

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Ambulance Response Structure

Each ambulance is assigned an Initial Response Area these areas are designated by color in the “Ambulance Coverage Area Map” located on the previous page.  When the 911 Center receives a call for an ambulance, the ambulance dispatched is determined by the geographical location of the caller requesting the ambulance. 

Roaming ambulances are used to backfill or provide a second ambulance while the first ambulance is responding to a call.  When an ambulance located at Howard Young Medical Center is called out, the ambulance located in Nokomis will relocate and park near the northern portion of its Initial Response Area to be available in the event a second ambulance is needed in the area covered by Howard Young Medical Center based ambulance. 

When an ambulance located at St. Mary’s Hospital is called out, the ambulance located in Nokomis will relocate and park near the eastern portion of its “Initial Response Area” to be available in the event a second ambulance is needed in the area covered by Saint Mary’s Hospital based ambulance.

When an ambulance located at Howard Young Medical Center and the ambulance located at the Nokomis Fire Department are called out at the same time, the ambulance located at St. Mary’s Hospital will relocate and park near the middle portion of its “Initial Response Area” to be available in the event of a third ambulance is needed in the Nokomis or Howard Young Medical Center coverage area.

Ambulance Staffing

The County contracts with Saint Mary’s Hospital and Howard Young Medical Center to provide personnel to staff and operate the ambulances.

Saint Mary’s Hospital staffs two ambulance personnel at the hospital twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to operate Medic 1.  Off-duty staff may be called in as needed to provide staffing for Medics 2 and 3.

Howard Young Medical Center staffs two ambulance personnel at the hospital twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to operate Medic 5.  Off-duty staff may be called in as needed to provide staffing of Medics 6 and 7.

 Medic 10, 11, and 12 are considered outlining squads.  These squads are operated by paid on-call personnel and are employees of Saint Mary’s Hospital.  The Towns of Sugar Camp, Three Lakes, and Schoepke pay the ambulance personnel to be on call.  When an outlining squad is called into service, ambulance personnel are paid at an EMT rate at time-and-one-half, (two hours minimum) from Saint Mary’s Hospital.

Level of Service

Hospital based ambulances and the Nokomis ambulance provide paramedic service.  Medic 10 located in Three Lakes provides an EMT I level service.  Medic 11 located in Sugar Camp and Medic 12 located in Pelican Lake provides basic EMT level service.  The following chart describes the different levels of service.

Level of serviceDescription
Paramedic ServiceAmbulance personnel are trained to the highest level of service
EMT I ServiceAmbulance Personnel are trained to an advanced level of service
Basic EMT ServiceAmbulance Personnel are trained to a basic level of service