By Dustin Ensinger
Delaware County EMS (DCEMS) was recognized this week as part of national emergency medical services week.
The Delaware County commissioners honored the department this week for the work they do to keep county residents and visitors healthy.
“It is good to take time each year to memorialize what you do,” said Delaware County Commissioner Ken O’Brien. “You’re always looking out for the best interest of the county and its visitors.”
Chief Mike Schuiling credited his staff for making DCEMS one of the best departments in central Ohio.
“It’s not without cause that Delaware County EMS is what it is today,” he said. “I’m in absolute awe to be leading this group of people.”
The department has racked up the accolades in recent years. The department was recently named just one of 22 agencies across the state to receive the 2014 Mission: Lifeline EMS Performance Achievement Award. Just 207 agencies across the country received the award.
In 2012, the agency received the “gold standard” distinction from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS).
The department received a perfect score of 250 possible points. At the time, it was only the fourth of more than 1,300 emergency medical service agencies in Ohio to reach the “gold standard” accreditation, and was part of a group of about 135 agencies in North America to receive that distinction.
DCEMS was also recognized for its recent purchase of the 16,000 ambulance manufactured by Grove City-based Horton Emergency Vehicles.
“Forty-two years ago when Delaware County (EMS) was first established we looked at multiple ambulances across the United States and we selected what we felt would be the best model to fit our system,” said Schuiling. “That was a Horton ambulance.”
Delaware County has been a customer of the company for more than 36 years. Each of the department’s 17 front-line vehicles were manufactured by Horton Emergency Vehicles.
The latest has a “new and refreshing look,” according to Schuiling.
Dustin Ensinger can be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @EnsingerDG.