Established in 1971, Wilkes County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is a county government owned and operated medical service located in the beautiful rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Covering more than 756 square miles with a population of approximately 70,000 people, Wilkes County is the third largest county in the state. Employing 54 full time and 20 part time field paramedics, Wilkes County Emergency Medical Services mans two full-time Bases providing around the clock advanced life support care for the citizens of Wilkes County. Wilkes EMS responds to over 12,000 calls per year. We use (4) 24 hour ambulances, (4) 12 hour ambulances and (1) quick response vehicle per day. We strive to provide the highest and most advanced level of care to the citizens of Wilkes County.