The Cumberland County Rescue Squad formed in the 1960s, with the Cumberland County Ambulance Service beginning operations in the early 1970s. The two agencies later merged in the mid 1980s. In 1994, Cape Fear Valley took over the county’s EMS and ambulance operations under the Cape Fear Valley EMS name.
Cape Fear Valley EMS received CAAS Accreditation in 2015 and was re-accredited in 2018.
Today, Cape Fear Valley EMS has roughly 200 employees. The division uses 12 ambulances and 4 QRVS 24/7. That number may rise to 17 ambulances during peak demand hours. The department has the ability to use 20 ambulances during disasters.
Cumberland County has 32 ambulances, nine QRVs, three support vehicles, Bike Team trailer, Mass Casualty Unit, State Medical Assistance, and the Mobile Command unit. One ambulance is designated for Bariatric Patient transports.
Calls for service have steadily increased 5,000 calls per year, with a projected 72,000 calls for service in 2018. Total transport volume is projected at more than 50,000 for the year.
We have 140 Paramedics, 2 Advanced EMTs, and 30 EMTs. Our ambulances are all 4-door chassis for safety of passengers, crew, and students.
Cumberland County has a Bike Team and Tactical Medic Team. Cumberland County works with Hoke County EMS, lifeLINK, Fayetteville Fire Department, Fayetteville Police Department, and Ft. Bragg Fire Department for Urban Search and Rescue. The county also works with Hoke County EMS, and lifeLINK for the State Medical Assistance Team, the Ambulance Strike Team, and the Peer Support Team.
Cumberland County EMS has sent competition teams to JEMS, and the NC State Competition numerous times. Cumberland has brought home the Gold, Silver, and Bronze multiple times from JEMS Games.
We provide standby coverage at football games and frequently send staff to health fairs, schools, job fairs and other public events. The coverage includes the Dogwood Festival every year, as well as the All-American Marathon.