Upson EMS operates as a separate, wholly-owned entity of Upson Regional Medical Center. It employs 33 employees trained and committed to being on-call for people in Upson County 24-hours a day, 7-days-a-week. These employees have been recognized at the state and regional levels for quality of service.
Upson EMS operates a total of six trucks plus a rescue truck, outfitted with jaws-of-life. In addition to emergency response, Upson EMS provides transport from nursing homes and out of town for critical care as needed. In 2011, Upson EMS responded to more than 5,800 calls, and its 7 minutes average response time is well below the national average of 8.9 minutes.
In 2010, Upson EMS opened the doors to a new building on Barnesville Hwy. (Hwy. 36) -- Just inside Thomaston city limits, and near the police station and schools, the new facility is central to where more than half of its calls come from.
Ambulances are now parked inside, and there are better overall accommodations for staff and equipment. The 8,800 sq. foot facility features six emergency vehicle bays, administrative space with a large classroom/training area, and a dormitory wing with living quarters for up to six personnel.
Another benefit of the new space is a training area. Upson Ambulance Service paramedics teach all of the Basic Life Support (CPR) and Advanced Life Support classes for paramedics as well as hospital personnel. The new space will increases the efficiency of training, and allows us to offer basic health training to the community.