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By Staff Writer
Photos Provided by WCAD
hat long stretch of I-70 between Columbia and St.
Louis includes some drive time in Warren County.
Too many people ripping through the state on the
super slab may not notice, but to EMS professionals in
Missouri, Warren County Ambulance District (WCAD)
is known as one of the best.
Warren County Ambulance District was selected
as the 2015 Ambulance Service of the Year by the
Missouri Emergency Medical Services Association
(MEMSA) at the recent EMS Expo in Branson.
Recognition that the agency is one of the best
has been taken for granted by many; just ask the
employees; most who have been around for a very
long time. Long tenure of staff is one of the keys to
success. The average employee has served the citizens
of Warren County for more than 10.5 years with two
employees serving more than 30 years. You don’t hang
around an operation that does not appreciate you and
does not allow you to flourish.
Well trained with an on-site training program
offering a wide variety of specialty courses,
engagement with Cardinal Glennon with the budding
STARS program to provide additional service to the
special needs children living in Warren County, and
recently the recognition of several clinical staff through
the East Central EMS Region Life Saver Awards shows
that clinically Warren County provides care among
the best. Warren County Ambulance District clinical
personal were recognized in three different categories
of exceptional service at the 2014 Life Saver Awards.
Warren County was ahead of much of the state
getting critical patients to Stroke or STEMI qualified
hospitals with aggressive clinical protocols. What is
now new to many of us, has been common place in
Warren County consists of over 250 square miles
with more than 33,000 residents and a very large
number of guests driving through on I-70 meaning
the considerable challenges of dealing with a transient
population that has health care emergencies while in
the county. Warren County is growing due to its place
next to St. Charles County and within the greater St.
Louis metropolitan area. Growth brings new friends
to meet, but also the demands of a rapidly changing
community answered by a management team and
Board of Directors (including one board member who