Eureka County Emergency Medical Service
Michael Sullivan, HSME, EMS-1, EMS Coordinator
PO Box 407
Eureka, NV 89316
Welcome to the Eureka County Emergency Medical Service website!
My name is Mike Sullivan; I am the EMS Coordinator for Eureka County. I have been an EMT in Nevada
for over 26 years; I am an EMT Intermediate and an EMS instructor. What I do is provide response,
training, coordination and leadership to the volunteers that make up the Emergency Medical Service in
We are organized into two volunteer ambulance services;
The Eureka Volunteer Ambulance Service serves Eureka town, Diamond Valley and responds North to
about mm 44, West to the Simpson Park range, South to Nye County, East into White Pine County
including the Newark Valley up to the Bald Mountain Mine in Elko County and down the Duckwater
and Fish Creek roads to Nye County. We also respond into White Pine, Elko, Nye and Lander County's
The Crescent Valley Volunteer Ambulance Service serves Crescent Valley town, the Crescent Valley
area and Beowawe including the Whirlwind valley, Pioneer, and Dunphy. We routinely respond into
Lander county including; the Cortez mine, Carico Lake, Grass Valley, the Whirlwind valley geothermal
plant and surrounding area.
In Eureka we have 6 volunteer EMT Intermediates and 6 EMT basics active, we also have several
Basic EMT students who just completed the course and will test soon. We also have 1 Emergency
Vehicle Operator who is in the process of becoming an EMT. We also have one full time Intermediate
EMT who supplements the volunteers.
In Crescent Valley we have 2 EMT Intermediates, 2 Basic EMTs and two Drivers active. Two
volunteers are taking the EMT class and I expect both to graduate. I also have a full time Intermediate
EMT in Crescent Valley who is invaluable in maintaining the service there.
Eureka County has a volunteer physician medical director who provides quality improvement and
written medical direction for the services, each EMT works under the medical director's license.
The Emergency Medical Service provides much more than just a ride to the hospital.
Patients are transported to one of three hospitals, depending on several factors including where they
want to go, where they are and what is wrong with them. Patients are transferred to Air or Ground
Advanced Life Support EMS only when their condition warrants it or when the patient requests it.
Emergency Medical Technicians receive about 130 hours of initial training in: well-being of an EMT,
Medical/Legal ethical issues, basic anatomy and physiology, taking vital signs and history, lifting and
moving patients, Airway management, scene size up, initial assessment, focused history & physical
exam trauma and medical, detailed physical exam, Communications, Documentation and report
writing, general pharmacology, diabetes/altered mental status and stroke, allergies,
poisonings/overdose, environmental and behavioral emergencies, respiratory and cardiovascular
emergencies, Obstetrics, trauma, shock, soft tissue injuries, injuries to the chest, abdomen and
musculoskeletal system. Head and spine injuries pediatric and geriatric special needs, infants and
children's emergencies, Ambulance operations, triage, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.
They also are certified in CPR.
The student then takes the National Registry of EMTs examination in two parts, a practical
examination that proves they can apply what they learned in class on the street and a Computer
Adaptive test to check their academic knowledge. Many EMTs say this is the hardest test they have
ever taken. Once they pass the student is eligible for Nevada Certification and if they pass the
background check, obtain a Nevada ambulance attendant's license, this permits them to run on the
ambulance. Each EMT must attend at least 30 hours of continuing education every two years to
maintain their certificate. Eureka County provides at no charge about twice that for the volunteers.
Training is held twice a month in both Eureka and Crescent Valley. Volunteers are provided with
uniforms, if they want them. We pay for all training, certification and licensing fees. We also offer a
per run stipend to mitigate costs to the volunteers.
Eureka County has 5 ambulances, 2 in Eureka, 1 in Diamond Valley and Two in Crescent Valley. We
also have a non-transport squad vehicle and an off road rescue vehicle to allow us to safely reach and
bring to the ambulance patients who would otherwise be inaccessible or have to be removed by
improvised means. The Nevada State Health Division has staged a mass casualty trailer in Eureka
capable of treating nearly 1000 patients. In 2012 we will place a mass casualty transport vehicle in
service; this converted bus will be able to transport about 18 patients on stretchers from the scene.
This will more than double the number of patients we can transport from the scene to a hospital or
We are equipped with the best equipment available in order to provide the best care possible for our
patients. These include devises called AEDs which can correct a lethal heart rhythm call ventricular
fibulation, automated vital sign monitors and laptop computers to document the calls. Each
ambulance also has an 800 MHz radio to communicate directly with the hospitals and cellular
telephones for back up.
Eureka County also has a robust Public Access Defibulator program. Just about every public building
the county has an AED. Thanks to Mount Wheeler Power, all the schools have an AED on the wall.
Two travel with the sports teams. They are also provided to the fire departments and some Sheriff's
units. Many citizens and volunteers have been trained in CPR.
Even with all this, We need your help. All this equipment is nothing without the dedicated
volunteers of this community. Without the volunteers the ambulances don't move, the patients
don't get treatment, people suffer. Please, if you cannot volunteer yourself (and I really would like
you to) please encourage your employees, your friends and relatives to volunteer, we cannot do it