EMS Director: David Cowan
Contact InformationOffice #:
(620) 332-2528Fax #:
(620) 332-2511For Emergencies:
120 North 6th Street
Independence, Kansas 67301Physical Address: 225 E. Main
Independence Emergency Medical Service (EMS) employs eight full-time technicians, one EMS Director, and has a roster of 15 part-time employees. Independence EMS responds to an average of 2,200 calls a year and utilizes a duty/call crew and has three ambulances. Independence EMS is a progressive service utilizing the latest technology and equipment to provide the citizens of Northern Montgomery County with ALS care.
Prior to 1980 the ambulance service in Independence was operated by private individuals. Montgomery County appointed an Ambulance Subcommittee which comprised individuals from each of the communities in Montgomery County. After studying EMS and the needs of each community, the committee set up ambulance services in Independence, Cherryvale, Coffeyville, and Caney. The ambulance services are operated by the cities, (Coffeyville is operated by the hospital), and funding comes from fees for services and City/County subsidies.
Independence Emergency Medical Service (EMS) was established in July of 1980 with five technicians, one director, and two ambulances. The ambulances were based at the hospital and EMS personnel worked in the emergency room when not busy with EMS calls. In January 1988 four technicians passed their paramedic testing and began providing Advanced Life Support services (Paramedic Care) at the scene of ambulance calls. In January of 1993, Independence EMS applied for and was granted an Advanced Life Support license and began offering Paramedic care on all EMS calls.