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Lakes Region EMS is an Advanced Life Support ambulance service, serving suburban and rural communities located just north east of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Lakes Region EMS has bases in Rush City, North Branch, and Chisago City. We serve a population of approximately 51,000 residents and visitors across an area of about 450 square miles that includes parts of Chisago, Isanti, and Pine Counties. In 2014 Lakes Region EMS answered over 4,200 emergency calls and treated 3,600 patients.
As a partner in St. Croix Valley EMS, Lakes Region EMS also provides 911 and interfacility critical care services in Polk county Wisconsin. St. Croix Valley EMS has bases in Milltown and St. Croix Falls Wisconsin.
All of our ambulances are staffed and equipped to provide Advance Life Support (ALS) care including ground critical care services. This means we can essentially bring the Emergency Room to the patient and maintain crtical care services from one hospital's critical care unit to the next. Both Paramedics and EMTs complete extensive trained in critical care, including advanced procedures and medications to provide emergency treatment for both traumatic injury and sudden illness. With these advanced skills and equipment available in the ambulance, the time it takes to receive life saving treatment goes down and the chances for survival goes up.
In addition to providing Emergency 911 services, Lakes Region EMS also provides critical care interfacility transport services for area hospitals and medical centers. Lakes Region EMS also provides public education with classes such as CPR, First Aid, First Responder and EMT-Basic.