DCEMS is a countywide EMS system that operates at the EMT-Paramedic level, the highest level of pre-hospital care offered in the State, staffing units throughout Duplin County. DCEMS provides coverage twenty-four hours a day every day. We have eight primary response districts located at Wallace, Faison, Warsaw, Pleasant Grove, Beulaville, Chinquapin, Rose Hill and Kenansville. DCEMS also utilizes Volunteers to answer second duty calls throughout the county. DCEMS works four shifts operating on the twenty-four hour work schedule staffing 73 full time employees, and numerous part time employees certified at various levels through the North Carolina Office of EMS. These employees operate under the supervision of the system medical director, Dr. Hervy B. Kornegay Sr.
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At the EMT-Paramedic level the following skills are allowed in addition to the BLS skills:
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support
- EGC (Heart) Monitoring Adult and Pediatric
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support
- Advanced Airway Management Adult and Pediatric
- Advanced Vascular Access
- CPAP (Cont. Positive Airway Pressure
- Adult & Pediatric I.O.
- Needle Decompression
- Per-Trach (Surgical Airway)
DCEMS works in conjunction with Duplin General Hospital to provide high quality patient care to the citizens of Duplin County. DCEMS responds to approximately 6000 calls annually. We utilize type II ambulances that are certified by North Carolina Office of EMS at the EMT-Paramedic level. DCEMS also utilizes QRV at the EMT-Paramedic level operated by the administrative staff. DCEMS is active in community outreach and offers public education to any group interested on the topic of EMS.
Duplin County EMS Administrative Staff
Rob McDuffie, EMT-P, Emergency Services Director, 910-296-2160
Chris Peluso, EMT-P, EMS Operations Officer, 910-296-2160
Dave Cuddeback, EMT-P, EMS Training Officer, 910-296-2160
Mike Johnson, EMT-P, EMS “A” Shift Supervisor, 910-296-2165
Tripp, EMT-P, EMS “B” Shift Supervisor, 910-296-2165
...., EMT-P, EMS “C” Shift Supervisor, 910-296-2165
Susan Johnson, EMT-P, EMS “D” Shift Supervisor, 910-296-2165
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