Since its inception in 1986, Greenwich Emergency Medical Service (GEMS) has been on a mission to protect our community against the impacts of trauma and sudden illness by offering top-tier, pre-hospital emergency care. Originally a blend of paid and volunteer staff, we have evolved into a professional organization bolstered by per-diem staff and volunteers dedicated to observing and learning.
The journey began when a comprehensive study highlighted the need for a unified Advanced Life Support system with an eight-minute response time. This led to the establishment of GEMS as a non-profit organization, complete with a fleet of well-equipped vehicles and a team ready 24/7 to serve the community.
Our four strategically placed stations ensure prompt attention to all of Greenwich’s 50 square miles:
Today, GEMS is a unified, professional ambulance service. Our evolution from a volunteer-based system to a full-time professional agency hasn’t gone unnoticed; we are a model for EMS modernization. Our dedicated team has earned us a reputation for excellence, and we’ve received statewide recognition for our professional standards, rapid response times, cutting-edge technology, and comprehensive community outreach.
A significant milestone in our journey was the accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) in 2021. This accolade underscores our commitment to superior performance, clinical quality, and effective risk management. The two-year review process that led to this recognition puts GEMS in the exclusive company of just one other Connecticut service with this prestigious accreditation.
Greenwich Emergency Medical Service (GEMS) is governed by a Board of Directors that comprises concerned, caring, Greenwich citizens and officials from town boards, the medical community, corporations, Greenwich Hospital and volunteer organizations.
Officers of the Board:
Interested in learning more about how Greenwich Emergency Medical Service (GEMS) makes Greenwich a better place to live? Our annual report (PDF) outlines the funds we’ve raised and how the money is used to aid the community.