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Emory’s Prehospital and Disaster Medicine faculty serve the community by providing medical oversight for 911 medical communications centers, fire based emergency medical first responders, and 911 ALS ambulance providers in the City of Atlanta and Fulton and DeKalb Counties, as well as EMS helicopters in north and central Georgia. 

Grady EMS, the 911-ambulance service for the City of Atlanta, in continuous operation since 1892, responds to over 95,000 requests for service and transports over 68,000 patients annually. The service also has a Special Operations Team which supports CDC, Emory University and Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for transport of patients that pose a serious communicable disease risk. Rural Metro Ambulance responded to over 40,000 911-ambulance requests and transported over 30,000 patients in the municipalities and unincorporated areas of Fulton County, not in the city of Atlanta. Community emergency first response services for which the Section provides medical oversight include Emory University EMS and the Fire Rescue departments in the municipalities of Sandy Springs (pop 82,674), Johns Creek (pop 59,431), East Point (pop 43,415), Forest Park (pop 21,825), College Park (pop 19,969), Hapeville (pop 6,772) and Morrow (pop 5,576). In addition, the Section provides medical oversight for Air Life Georgia, which operates 6 emergency medical service helicopters in the metropolitan Atlanta area.