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Bureau of Emergency Medical Services

The Bureau of Emergency Medical Services is dedicated to the reduction of morbidity and mortality of residents and visitors through the provision of Advanced Life Support prehospital care, medically directed Technical Rescue, and transportation of the ill and injured.

The Ambulance Division is comprised of 13 Medic Units and 2 Basic Life Support (BLS) Ambulances and receives calls from the 911 dispatch center 24 hours/day. The Division is overseen by a minimum of two District Chiefs during normal daily operations. Medic Units are spread across Pittsburgh to better allow for the most effective and efficient response. Also, in coordination with the Center for Emergency Medicine, a physician can respond to the scene at the request of our paramedics to assist with the treatment of particularly critical patients. In addition to the emergency treatment and transport of patients, the Ambulance Division provides medical coverage for special events throughout the City of Pittsburgh.

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About the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services

Below is a list of contents in the Bureau of Emergency Medical Service's Transition Brief (prepared by Thomas Consulting Group). 


  • Fleet.
  • Personnel.


  • Enabling legislation.
  • Mission.
  • Organizational chart.
  • Services to the community.
  • Joint specialty response teams.
  • Special events.
  • 2020 reported description of services.
  • Agency goals and performance metrics.
  • Budget.
  • Programs and projects.
  • Accomplishments.
  • Opportunities and risks.

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