The Town continues work to transition Emerald Isle EMS to a department of the Town government. In April 2017, the Board of Commissioners directed Town staff to integrate existing EMS employees and assets into the Town government, and Town staff have been and continue to work to complete this transition by March 1, 2018. This transition has been discussed by EMS leaders and Town officials many times since 2010, and was initially contemplated as far back as 2005.
Since 2001, the Town has contracted with the separate, non-profit Emerald Isle EMS, Inc. for emergency medical services, and the current contract expires on March 1, 2018. In 2001, Emerald Isle EMS, Inc. operated completely with volunteer staff, had no paid employees, and received a $5,000 contribution from the Town. The organization now operates with a fully-paid staff (7 full-time employees and 17 part-time employees) and a total budget of nearly $600,000 of public funds annually. The squad operates out of a Town-owned EMS station utilizing ambulances and other equipment purchased with public funds, and the Town already provides financial administration and payroll services for the separate, non-profit corporation.
All existing EMS employees have been offered employment with the Town of Emerald Isle, and we look forward to bringing these quality individuals into the Town organization. The Town is currently recruiting for the Town EMS Chief position, and the recruitment advertisement can be viewed at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/employment .