The mission of Dare County EMS is to provide high quality, innovative and cost-effective prehospital emergency medical care and transportation for Dare County residents and visitors.
A caring and compassionate staff of highly trained EMS professionals provides services supported by the resources and leadership of the Dare County Board of Commissioners. Dare County EMS continually strives to be a leader in EMS and aeromedical transport throughout the region, state, and nation.
Emergency Medical Services in Dare County are provided at the Advanced Life Support (ALS) level of care. All personnel hold credentials issued by the State of North Carolina, which require a high level of continuing education and on-going training. Paramedics also maintain certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS).
Dare Medflight Pilot Receives Employee of the Month
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Dare Medflight Pilot Michael Hill with the Department of Emergency Medical Services, is the May 2018 Dare County Employee of the Month. Dare County EMS Chief Jennie Collins presented Hill with the award at the May 7, 2018 Board of Commissioners meeting.
Hill began his career with Dare County EMS in June 2012 when he was hired as a Pilot for Dare Medflight. Prior to his career with Dare County, Hill retired with 24 years of service to the U.S. Army, where he flew Boeing AH-64 Apache Combat Helicopters. Hill has 30 years of flight experience and 5,100 hours of flight time. “Mike is an exemplary employee. The way he carries out his everyday duties, completes his daily assignments and his overall attitude towards his job should earn him employee of the month on a monthly basis,” said a nominating coworker.
It takes a dedicated staff of five pilots to keep Dare Medflight in service twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. In April, while Hill was just embarking on a family vacation when he was asked to leave and return to Dare County to keep Dare Medflight in service. One pilot was out due to illness, another pilot was on vacation out of the country, and a third pilot suddenly became ill and could not fly. Hill readily agreed and returned that night. If he had not returned, Dare Medflight would have been out of service for residents and visitors for several nights.
“Mike is a dedicated, loyal employee but we would also like to thanks Mike’s wife, Rhonda, for supporting Mike and what he does and for supporting our agency by making that sacrifice and giving up your family vacation to serve others,” remarked Collins during the award demonstration.