Summit County Ambulance Service

Summit County Ambulance Service provides a variety of emergency medical services, including 9-1-1 response and critical-care inter-facility transports to all of Summit County, Colorado, including the towns of Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco, Blue River, Montezuma, and Silverthorne. Additionally, we respond to the four local ski resorts: Arapahoe BasinBreckenridgeCopper Mountain, and Keystone.

Summit County Ambulance Service is an enterprise fund department of the Summit County Government. The service is funded by user fees and the Summit County Safety First Fund, approved by local voters in 2014.

Ambulance Services Partnership Efforts

Summit County Ambulance Service and the three local fire districts have been working together over the past several years to identify cost savings and opportunities to improve system efficiency, while maintaining or improving the level of patient care.

Learn more about our Emergency Services Authority efforts.
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Ambulance Staffing

Our advanced life support (ALS) ambulances are strategically placed throughout Summit County and staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Ambulances are staffed by Nationally Registered Paramedics, Intermediates, and Emergency Medical Technicians, stationed in Dillon, Frisco, Copper Mountain, Keystone, and Breckenridge. Ambulances are co-staffed with providers from Summit County Ambulance Service, Lake Dillon Fire Rescue, Copper Mountain Fire Department, and the Red, White, and Blue Fire District.

EMS Response and Transport

Our 9-1-1 EMS response is coordinated with local fire districts, who provide basic life support level of care (BLS) or higher. For local emergency responses, fire districts can typically arrive within 5 minutes, and ambulances typically arrive within 8-12 minutes, depending upon location and weather.

Patients are usually transported to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center or emergency clinics in Breckenridge and Keystone. In the event of serious injury, ambulance personnel coordinate with St. Anthony Hospital Flight for Life to airlift patients to the Denver area hospitals.

EMS System Analysis

Summit County, in partnership with the two local fire districts, contracted Emergency Services Consulting International (ESCI) to perform an independent third-party analysis of Summit County's EMS system in December 2017. ESCI reviewed all aspects of the community's delivery of emergency medical services, including operations, administration, staffing, revenues, costs, capital facilities, vehicles, equipment, service delivery, operational performance, interfacility transports and future demand projections.

The analysis and report development were conducted over a nine-month period to identify potential options for ambulance services in the community, currently provided by Summit County, Summit Fire & EMS and Red, White & Blue Fire Rescue.