Frequently asked questions
When should I call 911?
- Breathing problems (difficulty breathing, shortness of breath)
- Change in mental status (such as unusual behavior, confusion, difficulty arousing)
- Chest pain
- Coughing up or vomiting blood
- Fainting or loss of consciousness
- Traumatic head or open limb fracture
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- Sudden injury due to a motor vehicle accident, burns or smoke inhalation, near drowning, deep or large wound, etc.
- Sudden, severe pain anywhere in the body
- Sudden dizziness, weakness, or change in vision
- Swallowing a poisonous substance
- Upper abdominal pain or pressure
What is the difference between ALS and BLS units?
What is Owen County EMS' policy regarding transport destination?
Owen County EMS transports patients to the nearest most appropriate facility.
Once an ambulance arrives and I decide I do not need an ambulance but wish to go to a medical facility, what options do I have?
Other options available include Owen County Public Transit, local churches, contacting friends or family or driving yourself to a medical facility.
Why does Owen County charge ambulance fees?
OCEMS is funded by the Owen County Fiscal Court general fund budget, the sole purpose of which is to establish and make available to the community services through a fee or service model which charges for services rendered.