SERVICE AREA - The normal response zone is an 810 square mile area extending from north Cayucos (Villa Creek) and all the way to the Monterey/San Luis Obispo County line. The zone extends inland approximately 15 miles, following the Santa Lucia Mountain range. The District also maintains a contract to provide services into the south coastal zone of Monterey County, which includes a coastal area extending up to the community of Pacific Valley. The District also participates in a county-wide move up and cover system, which means that when other ambulance response zones are busy, our ambulance crew may be called to help cover their area. This response area may also be covered, when our units are busy, by other ambulances. The response zone can be described as rural with two principle communities, Cambria and San Simeon. The area is intersected by scenic State Highway 1 (north -south) and State Highway 46 (west - east). The combined population of Cambria - San Simeon is approximately 5,000. During the summer months the population increases dramatically with the influx of tourists to the area. Hearst Castle, one of California's most popular tourist attractions, is located east of San Simeon.
LEVEL OF SERVICE - All permanent EMS personnel are trained at the EMT-P level or EMT-I level. Certification for EMT'I is administered through the county's Emergency Medical Services Agency, Inc., (EMSA), which also provides continuing education services for all personnel within San Luis Obispo county. All Paramedics receive licensure through the State of California along with local accredidation with the EMSA. The back-up staff of the district are primarily Emergency Medical Technicians with at least four Paramedics. There are four ambulances that are similarly equipped with up-to-date advanced life support equipment and are maintained in a ready to respond state. Our first unit is a 2002 Ford Van Type II, the second unit is a 2000 Ford Van Type II and we have 2 2008 Dodge Sprinter units . The District also operates a 1999 Ford Expedition as a supervisory/command vehicle.