A Brief History of the Jefferson County Ambulance ServiceDue to the many limitations facing rural counties and communities, the federal government made possible the creation of rural EMS services through revenue sharing. Recognizing the need for a county-wide ambulance service, Jefferson County took advantage of the revenue sharing and JCAS was established in 1973. The service began, like most rural EMS in Kansas, as a basic life support (BLS) agency comprised of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) on a paid and volunteer basis. Those dedicated employees gave of both their time and efforts to provide the best service possible to the residents of Jefferson County with little or no compensation.
With the advent of the EMT-Intermediate and EMT-I/Defibrillator certifications, JCAS employees were able to provide an even higher level of care than was previously possible, including the use of intravenous (IV) therapy and cardiac defibrillator care. These additional certifications allowed for JCAS level of care to be raised from BLS to Advanced Life Support (ALS). Even then, however, much of the work was done for little or no compensation to the providers, including the expenses in the acquisition of advanced certifications.