San Juan Island EMS is equipped and staffed to respond to your emergency 24/7/365 with professionally trained EMTs, paramedics and registered nurses.
What to do in an emergency:
- Remain calm, apply first aid, and Call 9-1-1
- Answer the dispatcher’s questions and follow their instructions
- Give specific location of the incident, the nature of what happened, and the easiest way to get to the scene
If you are on a boat or an outer island and are experiencing a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 and give your exact location. Cell phone technology will generally also transmit your GPS coordinates, sometimes speeding the response to you.
San Juan County’s Sheriff’s dispatch will call a medical helicopter from the mainland (when available) and if circumstance merit, will launch a marine (boat) response as well.
Keep calm, provide first aid, and do not hang up on the dispatcher until told to do so. If civilian resources such as air ambulance, local response from EMS, Fire and Rescue, and Vessel Assist are unavailable or require additional assistance, military agencies such as the US Coast Guard and the US Navy may also be utilized.