District Facts

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Location

The District encompasses almost 1,500 square miles of Park County, Colorado (2,194 square miles). The District terrain is a mountainous, glacial valley located on the Eastern slope of the Central Colorado Rocky Mountains with an average elevation of 9,000 feet above sea level. Four 14,000′ and numerous 13,000′ peaks of the Mosquito Range delineate the western boundary of the District.   View District Service Area Map

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Equipment

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  • Three 1st out & 1 reserve Type I, 4-wheel drive, ALS ambulances
  • Three 4-wheel drive Quick Response BLS Units
  • All ambulances equipped with the latest Advanced Life Support equipment & supplies
  • Mass Casualty Incident Unit with supplies for 35 patients.

 Staffing

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South Park Ambulance District has been a 911 response agency, providing Emergency Medical Services with career (paid employee) personnel since January 1,1992. The District is staffed 24/7 with two paid, Paramedic-level crews. The 3 Fire Protection Districts located within the District co-respond on all emergency incidents. The fire districts provide 1st Responder and EMT-Basic-level care. Most mutual aid partners are at great distance from our service area.

All personnel perform their duties under the supervision of our Medical Directors, through the St. Anthony Hospital system. Crews utilize the Denver Metro Protocols with the addition of a mountain subset of additional protocols. Monthly continuing education programs are provided on-site to all 3 on-duty shifts through Centura Health Prehospital Emergency Services.

Statistics

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900+ requests for emergency assistance are responded to on an annual basis. On average,  60% of incidents result in the ambulance arriving on scene within 15 minutes from our Fairplay Headquarters. Distant areas of the District are up to 45 minutes from Fairplay.

Two major US Highways (US285 & US24) and one State Highway (CO9) cross our service area. Our population increases significantly due to large number of summer-only, part-time, residents and significant tourism. It is estimated that on peak summer days our population increase to as many as 50,000 people. In the winter months traffic crashes are a significant part of our responses. Many people from the southern Front Range of Colorado and states to our south and east access the major Colorado ski areas driving through our District.

Local Medical Providers

There are no hospitals or emergency care facilities in Park County. One nurse practitioner-level medical clinic in Fairplay provides primary care services. See the Patient Transport page for more information.