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Vision Statement

Our vision is to be respected as a leader among ambulance services for our compassionate care, technical expertise, and professionalism.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to exceed expectations amongst our community through our continued dedication to expanding our skills and level of care.

About Us

Delta County Ambulance District (DCAD), formed in 1999, combined two Emergency Medical Services (EMS) operated by the Town of Cedaredge and the Delta County Fire District # 1. DCAD covers 330 square miles including 55% of the County’s rural population. The area is comprised of Delta Fire District #1, and Cedaredge and Orchard City Fire District #3.

DCAD crews are trained and equipped to provide Advanced Life Support services. Emergent and non-emergent transport care are also provided in the district.

DCAD provides critical care in rural search and rescue situations. DCAD coordinates services with St. Mary’s CareFlight. DCAD provides transports to and between the county’s skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities.

The Delta station houses the business office, crew quarters, and four ambulances. Station 2, completed in the spring of 2006, replaced the rented facilities in Cedaredge. This building is a 3-bedroom modular home with a large attached garage (housing two ambulances).

We have 3 shifts, each with 6 crew members that rotate, operating 7 days a week, 24 hours a day at both stations. Crews consist of Advanced Life Support and every shift has at least 1 Critical Care Paramedic.


About Delta County

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

Delta County has one acute care hospital, two skilled nursing facilities, and three 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) and Critical Care Support for emergent and non-emergent patients and critical transports within a 70-mile radius.


DCAD responded to 3,526 calls in 2019. These calls include emergent and non-emergent patients, lift assists, transports to specialty and higher-level hospitals, and critical care transports of patients.


DCAD employs 22 full-time EMT’s and Paramedics and 25 EMT’s and Paramedics that work PRN (as needed).  There are three crews that are on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at two stations.  Two crews are on duty 24 hours a day at the Delta Station, and one crew is also on duty 24 hours a day at the Eckert Station.  The crews consist of ALS and BLS EMT’s. We also have a Critical Care Paramedic on each shift.

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