On Call For Life



Vision Statement
    In partnership with our community, to serve as a leader in assuring the highest  affordable quality patient care and appropriate response in emergency situations, while also serving as a        resource and forum to actively address Emergency Medical Service issues within our District.

Mission Statement

   Our mission is to exceed expectations of emergent and non-emergent care with a commitment to serve the community with the highest quality care.


    Delta County Ambulance District was established in 1999 to provide EMS to a 330 square-mile region of Delta County, Colorado, serving over 78% of the County's rural population.  The District is comprised of 3 primary communities, Delta, Orchard City and Cedaredge stretching over 15 miles. The District is experiencing moderate growth, & is increasingly popular with retirees.      

Area Description

  The elevation ranges from 5,000 feet to 10,000 feet which includes mountains, deserts, canyons, rivers, and lakes.  Delta County offers a wide variety of activities for outdoor enthusiasts including hunting, fishing, hiking,  biking, four wheeling, skiing, camping and snowmobiling.

There are three main highways in the District and many two lane and back county roads. Highway 50, from Montrose to Grand Junction. Highway 65, from Delta to Cedaredge and over the Grand Mesa. A Scenic By-Way goes up and over the beautiful Grand Mesa, with it's 300+ lakes and 500 square miles.  Highway 92 goes to the North Fork.

The District is home to a large agricultural community including ranches, orchards and wineries. Delta county is the second largest wine producing county in Colorado.                

Service Overview
The District has one acute care hospital, two skilled nursing facilities, and four assisted living communities.  The Level II Trauma Center is at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.
CareFlight, an emergency helicopter service, is available for critical patients to be transported to the appropriate receiving facility in a timely manner.

DCAD provides Advanced Life Support (ALS) for emergent and non-emergent patients and critical transports within a 70 mile radius.

DCAD provides ALS intercepts to assist neighboring Basic Life Support (BLS) Emergency Medical Services which includes North Fork Ambulance Association, Olathe Fire Protection District, West Elk Mine, and Lands End Fire Protection.

At our inception in 1999, Delta County Ambulance District responded to 1,769 calls. Because of the growth in the county DCAD ended 2016 with 2,757 calls. 

DCAD employs 15 full time EMT’s and 15 part time EMT’s.  Two crews are on duty 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  One crew is at the Delta station and one crew is at the Eckert Station.  The crews consist of one ALS EMT and one BLS EMT.  A third crew is on duty from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Delta Station for District backup and inter-facility transports and they are on call from 6:00 pm to 8:00 am for inter-facility transports or an additional ambulance if needed.  

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