San Juan Island EMS is trained and equipped to provide Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) services on islands other than San Juan Island. San Juan Island EMS utilizes the Sherriff’s boat to go on marine calls for ALS or BLS 9-1-1 calls.

There are two marine response zones San Juan Island EMS will respond in: the primary response zone and secondary response zone. For further definitions of these zones, please see below.

Primary Response Zone

San Juan Island EMS has a duty to respond and provide EMS services to the outer islands that are within the boundaries of San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1. This includes the inhabited islands of Brown, Henry, Pearl, Spieden, Johns, and Stuart, as well as numerous smaller islands.

While the District has a duty to respond, it is not unlimited. If a response cannot be performed within low-risk parameters, then a response should not be attempted.

Secondary Response Zone

San Juan Island EMS will support a response outside of its secondary response zone of San Juan County when possible. However, there is no duty to respond outside of the District’s primary response zone. Any response is subject to conditions and the availability of resources.