The challenge of rural EMS

While the Wyoming Legislature looks to find ways to support rural EMS, the success of SCWEMS may provide an example for others

In recent years, some emergency medical services in Wyoming have struggled to stay in business.

According to Dirk J. Dijkstal, Health Readiness and Response Section Chief for Wyoming Department of Health, at least 11 agencies have been replaced by another, consolidated or closed their doors since 2015.

The State of Wyoming does not mandate county government to provide emergency medical services. As a result, these operations have to find other ways to fund their businesses. Emergency medical service is a high-cost industry and healthcare insurance does not cover all the costs.

In the fall of 2...


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