The Durham County EMS System

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The EMERGENCY MEDICAL DISPATCH component, provided by the Durham Emergency Communications Center (DECC), which is jointly funded by the City of Durham and Durham County, and operated by the City of Durham.  DECC provides 911 call-taking services, Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) services, and emergency dispatch services for the following emergency services agencies:

DECC is recognized as an Accredited Center of Excellence (ACE) by the National Academies of Emergency Dispatch. 


FIRST RESPONSE AGENCIES are other public safety agencies that voluntarily participate in the EMS system.  Although tasked with other primary responsibilities (law enforcement and fire protection), these agencies respond to requests for emergency medical assistance with trained personnel and equipment, often arriving prior to the arrival of EMS units.  In addition to the agencies named above, the following agencies also provide first response services:

One or more EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES agencies, which provide emergency medical response and ambulance transportation, as well as other specialized services.  In Durham County, the Durham County Department of Emergency Medical Services is the sole EMS agency serving Durham.