Emergency Medical Services

If You Are in Need of an Ambulance, Medical Services or Have an Emergency Call 9-1-1 now!

The Shelburne Communications Center (SCC) dispatches thousands of calls yearly requiring Emergency Medical Services (EMS), including First Responders and Ambulance Crews. These calls ranged from Abdominal Pain/Injury, Allergic Reactions, Breathing Problems, Burns, Chest Pain/Injury, Cardiac Arrest, Choking, Diabetic Problems, Falls, Fractures, Stroke and Motor Vehicle Crashes.

The Emergency Communications Technician (ECT) also referred to as Call-taker or Dispatcher is often the first link to a patient in a Medical Emergency, whether they call via 9-1-1, or through a non-emergency line. For all calls requiring EMS assistance, the ECT collects all pertinent information about the emergency, dispatches the appropriate resources, and then offers incident specific Medical Pre-Arrival Instructions.

All ECT's are certified as Emergency Medical Dispatchers (EMD's) by the Vermont Enhanced
9-1-1 Board. This certification provides the ECT with the knowledge required to properly process medical related calls utilizing the Board's EMD Manual. The EMD Manual is divided into common medical emergencies or injury call types. Once the ECT has identified the call type, specific Medical Questions will be asked and appropriate Medical Pre-Arrival Instruction will be offered to the caller. All information obtained from the caller will be relayed to the EMS Crews, allowing for better pre-hospital patient care.

During the past few years multiple calls have been received by the SCC from callers requesting Medical Pre-Arrival Instructions only. Due to the liability of providing these instructions, the SCC will only provide Medical Pre-Arrival Instructions in conjunction with the response of the appropriate EMS Provider. If you are looking for information relating to a medical problem, please consult with your personal physician.

As needed, the ECT will offer directions to the Ambulance and First Response Crews, utilizing the Enhanced 9-1-1 computerized mapping system. The ECT is also authorized to dispatch Backup Agencies based on the call type or incident location using the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system. The utilization of these systems and the EMD Manual are designed to help reduce response times and allow for better pre-hospital patient care.

Agencies We Serve
Charlotte Volunteer Rescue Squad
Ferrisburgh 1st Response
Hinesburg 1st Response
Huntington 1st Response
Lincoln Fire Department
Richmond Rescue Squad
Shelburne Rescue Squad
Townline 1st Response
Vergennes Area Rescue Squad
Williston Fire Department