MED-ACT units are located throughout Johnson County to provide advanced level emergency care with optimum response times. While each EMS unit has a defined response district, the districts are only representative of what is generally the "first due" area for a given station while the system is at rest. For each emergency call, the closest available response unit is determined by GPS location.
MED-ACT has nineteen ambulances that are strategically stationed around Johnson County. Station locations are chosen after a response time analysis optimizes coverage based on historical patterns of emergency calls. MED-ACT has ambulances in fifteen local fire department stations, and four are housed and maintained in stand alone ambulance stations. Sixteen ambulances are staffed 24-hours a day, augmented by three additional ambulances that are staffed during weekdays, coinciding with peak demand times. Additional reserve ambulances are deployed around the county to help support maintenance and provide surge capacity for disasters.
Each station has heated garage space for response units. Office and living quarters are provided to support the twenty four shifts worked by paramedics.
Paramedic Advanced Response (PAR) Units
MED-ACT also operates two PAR units, that are staffed 24 hours a day, consisting of a single paramedic with advanced life support capability, to provide additional quick response in the western and southern areas of Johnson County. Additional reserve PAR units are used to provide dedicated paramedic staffing for special events, such as Old Settler's Days or certain sporting events.
MED-ACT Headquarters is located at 11811 South Sunset Dr., Suite 1100 in Olathe, Kansas at the Sunset Drive Office Building. This location is in the center of Johnson County. While most of the population currently resides to the north and east portions of the counties, the south and western portions of the county are seeing tremendous growth. The current site of headquarters opened in April of 2006. Headquarters houses all administrative staff, with the exception of field Battalion Chiefs. It is also the location of choice for team trainings, council and group meetings, some community education programs, and point of contact between the department and outside agencies. The Emergency Operations Team operates the Emergency Medical Services Operations Center (EMSOC) out of this office during severe weather or emergency conditions.
MED-ACT has two different types of ambulances. Most are Type III ambulances, consisting of a modular patient care compartment mounted on a van chassis. A few are Type I ambulances, consisting of a modular patient care compartment mounted on a truck chassis. The patient care compartment is custom designed to allow for the paramedic to safely care for the patient being transported. Three ambulances are operated jointly with the Overland Park Fire Department. These have a significantly different external appearance than other MED-ACT ambulances - they are red and carry both the MED-ACT and OPFD logo. Ambulances carry a wide variety of equipment: including radio and internet communications, diagnostic equipment, medical supplies, stretchers and other equipment to move patients.