The GEMS Bike Team was founded to augment the first response program in the Town of Greenwich during special events and attractions primarily during the warmer months of the year. This specialty Team of trained providers will be assigned to a special event, respond to a request for emergency medical services within their assigned area, and be able to initiate immediate medical care while awaiting a transporting ambulance.
During the Summer months, GEMS and the Greenwich Police Department Marine Division join forces on weekends and holidays. A GEMS Paramedic is assigned to a Police Marine Patrol boat, ensuring Advanced Life Support capabilities to boaters and to the Towns offshore islands and beaches. In a jointly funded project in 2009, GEMS and GPD were able to purchase a new water rescue crane for one of their Patrol boats to be able to provide an even better service to the marine community.
GEMS has converted a retired ambulance into a fully functional mobile Special Operations Unit. The Special Operations Unit is equipped with medical supplies to handle multiple patient events, can provide a unified field communication structure and is able to supply emergency power when needed with an on-board generator. This unit is manned by employees highly trained in the use of this unit for the coordination of large scale events, mass casualty incidents and capable of providing first aid and rehabilitation fore fire fighters at the scene of a structure fire or other strenuous incidents.
In July of 2008, GEMS was able to purchase a Polaris 4X4 Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) to add to the assets of the Special Operations Unit. This vehicle is capable of reaching locations other emergency vehicles are unable to access, particularly in the case of off road rescues, severe inclement weather and active fire scenes.
Our 14 member GEMS Honor Guard proudly represents our community at celebrated Town events. These events include Town parades on Memorial Day, Thanksgiving and St. Patrick’s Day. Our Honor Guard is also called upon to represent the Public Safety Professionals during memorial services for members and family members as requested.