Established June 1, 1975, by the City of Galax and Grayson County; Galax-Grayson Emergency Medical Services (GGEMS), is the oldest professional EMS provider in the Twin County region. GGEMS provides E-911 Advanced Life Support (ALS) Emergency Medical Services and Critical Care hospital to hospital transport services for citizens and visitors to the City of Galax and Grayson County. GGEMS also provides ALS support services for Grayson County volunteer rescue squads. GGEMS currently utilizes five ambulances and one quick response vehicle. GGEMS full time staff members are required to hold current Nationally Registered Paramedic certifications while part time members range in varying BLS and ALS certifications. All GGEMS response vehicles are staffed by EMT-Intermediate/99′s or Paramedics. GGEMS effectively staffs a Nationally Registered Paramedic 24/7 within the city limits. GGEMS requires and provides extensive continuing educational programs for all staff members and offers EMS related educational opportunities to the public and other EMS professionals. GGEMS is committed to offering the, “Best of the Best”, pre-hospital care and transport services to our community and it’s visitors.
Galax-Grayson EMS has been the proud recipient of various state and local EMS awards:
- 2011 – Outstanding Contribution to EMS Health and Safety
- 2013 – Regional Outstanding EMS Agency
- 2013 – Governors Award for Outstanding EMS Agency
- 2014 – Regional award for Outstanding EMS Administrator (Chief R.D. Passmore)
- 2014 – State award for Outstanding EMS Administrator (Chief R.D. Passmore)