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About Us

Eagle County Paramedic Services (ECPS), also known as Eagle County Health Service District, is a full-service Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agency that provides 911 emergency response, inter-facility patient transportation including Paramedic level Critical Care, Community Paramedic, community events, medical support of special events and specialized response teams.

Our Mission is to provide skilled, professional and compassionate healthcare to our community.

EC Paramedics responds to more than 5800 requests for service annually and covers approximately 1692 square miles including most of Eagle County and the eastern portion of Garfield County, Colorado.

Coverage includes the towns and cities of Vail, Eagle-Vail, Minturn, Red Cliff, Avon, Edwards, Wolcott, Bond, McCoy, Eagle, Gypsum and Dotsero. The District also covers the world renowned Vail and Beaver Creek ski resorts. This includes 63 miles of I-70 and the busy Eagle County Regional Airport with direct flights from Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Minneapolis, New York City, LAX and others.

The response area is shared with three fire districts, two fire departments, two ski patrols, Vail Mountain Rescue and the Airport Fire Department that provide medical first response services.

The year round population of the service area is 52,000 with a large influx of visitors during the summer and winter to enjoy all of the recreational activities the area offers.

Our Vision is to be a world leader in out-of-hospital healthcare.

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Organization: The District is a title 32 Special District by the Colorado Revised Statute and is supported by a tax funded mil levy and ambulance user fees. An elected five member board of directors provides oversight for the District.

Medical Direction is provided by two physicians with experience in Emergency Medicine. Dr. James Engeln is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and oversees all medical practice at the District. Dr. Jason Zeller is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and oversees the Community Paramedic program.

Budget:  The annual operating budget of the department is approximately $13 million.

Funding:  The District is Funded by a 2.75 mill levy and user fees. The mill is equal to $98.31 for a $500,000 home in Eagle County.

Facilities: The District owns five Stations located in Vail, Avon, Edwards, Eagle and Gypsum.

Staff: The department owns 14 advanced life support ambulances and operates seven Paramedic ambulances 24 hours per day, seven days per week. The District employs 80 people including 46 Paramedics, 16 EMTs, and 12 full and part-time Paramedic Supervisors. The District increases the number of Paramedic ambulances based on call volume and need.

Our Values:

  • Integrity: We are honest, committed and consistent in our words and actions.
  • Excellence: We exceed expectations by continuously improving knowledge, practice and skills.
  • Community: We are helpful, compassionate and respectful in all of our interactions.
  • Patient Advocacy: We act in the best interest of our patients.
  • Professionalism: We are loyal, ethical and team oriented.

This page complies with CRS 32-1-809 and serves as official notice.