North Channel EMS
Saving Lives Since 1979
In 1979, a non-profit corporation charter named North Channel EMS was granted by The State of Texas for a fledgling emergency medical service to begin assimilating the equipment and medical staff to perform the duties of rendering medical care to the sick and injured in the eastern region of Harris County, which encompasses a vibrant community of over 30,000 residents on the east edge of Houston.
Today, with a coverage area of 5 square miles, we respond to over 6,000 emergencies annually with a fleet of 6 state-licensed advanced life support ambulances. Our team of experienced Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) is dedicated to providing the highest level of care to our patients.
At Harris County ESD 6, we hold ourselves to the highest standards of excellence. We are proud to maintain our accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) and to equip our fleet with cutting-edge medical equipment and supplies. Our commitment to quality and innovation ensures that we are always ready to provide life-saving care when it matters most.
Attorney Fred Bosse handled the filing for the charter and the IRS 501(3)c [non-profit] status. The Nother Shore Rotary Club subcommittee, with the leadership of Dr. B.J. Westbrook, D.D.S., Dr. Ed Lehr, C.L. Roy, Elvis Bryant, and Dr William Donovan, M.D., began solicitations for colunteers and donations. Letters of invitation went to all registered emergency medical personnel livingin the NC area and other citizens involved iwth emergency Services.
A new box ambulances was purchased using funds donated by the North Shore Rotary Club and two used Suburban ambulances were acquired for back up units. Arrangements were made to collect donations of 50 cents a month on the water meter billing. NCEMS rolled into service on October 15, 1979. The staff of medical personnel and the director of operations were all volunteers.
Several months went by before NCEMS could afford to pay the Director of Operations, Charlene Olsen, who was almost living at the NCEMS headquarters, a $200 stipend. The headquarters was a temporary classroom building provided by San Jacinto College North, located behind the gymnasium.
The mission of North Channel EMS is to provide prompt and efficient pre-hospital emergency care to the sick and injured citizens in the North Channel area. North Channel EMS is firmly committed to assisting surrounding communities’ Emergency Medical Services when needed.
At North Channel EMS, we’re committed to providing the highest level of care to our community. That’s why we’re proud to have earned accreditation from the prestigious Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services in 2019. This accreditation is the gold standard in the ambulance service industry, and it’s a testament to our dedication to excellence.
To achieve accreditation, we underwent a rigorous self-assessment and an independent external review of our organization every three years. This process not only ensures that we’re meeting the highest standards of care, but it also helps us increase operational efficiency and decrease risk and liability across our organization.
At North Channel EMS, we’re always striving to improve and provide the best possible care to our community. Thank you for trusting us with your emergency medical needs.