The EMS field is a young industry that evolved after the Vietnam War. EMS in Kentucky evolved in the early 1970’s and has continually grown and improved. Jessamine County EMS officially started under the operation and management of the Jessamine Fiscal Court on July 1, 1986, at 12:01 AM. There were 21 employees hired to staff two ambulances for 24/7 basic life support coverage. Initially, the annual run volume was approximately 3000 and today we treat on average 9750 patients per year.
In 1987 the service began to perform its own dispatching, and this evolved into the centralized 9-1-1 dispatching center that is now in operation. In 1992, the Jessamine Fiscal Court decided to upgrade to an advanced life support service. Advanced life support officially started in February 1994, and the program has been a success. In 2000 there were a lot of improvements and changes ranging from mutual aid agreements with fire departments to better serve our citizens to additional ambulances and stations put in service. In 2004, the communications center and EMS were separated due to the growth so that each unit could better focus on their respective missions. The communications center and EMS are now separate departments within the County Government and are stronger than ever.