Established in 1947, the Bristol Rescue Squad, later changing its name to the Division of Emergency Medical Services, was formed under the Bristol Fire Department. The Division of Emergency Medical Services was formed to provide comprehensive, state of the art prehospital care to the sick and injured citizens of Bristol Rhode Island.
With time, and advances in prehospital care the Division of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) grew to meet the task of serving Bristol’s diverse populates of over 23,000 residents, with an increase of 2,000 - 3,000 when Roger Williams is in session.
Over 125 very dedicated men and women, consisting of First Responders, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) (basic and cardiac’s), and Paramedics effectively respond to over 3,000 911 EMS calls, per year, for help making Bristol one of the Busiest EMS services in the state of Rhode Island.
Bristol also provides its surrounding municipalities with mutual aid with help in times of need.