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FALL 2015

Warren county

ambulance district

service spotlight:

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.

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