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Gila River Emergency Medical Services (GREMS) is the oldest operating member of the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) Public Safety Team. Once a Tribal program under the GRIC Department of Public Health, in May of 2009 Gila River Emergency Medical Services (GREMS) was integrated into Gila River Health Care (GRHC), which is the health care corporation chartered under the Gila River Indian Community Tribal government.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is a complex system of ten functional areas: (1) Resource Management, (2) Education and Training, (3) Transportation, (4) Funding and Policy, (5) Facilities, (6) Communications, (7) Public Information, Education and Prevention, (8) Medical Direction, (9) Trauma Systems, (10) Evaluation and Quality Improvement. GREMS is the primary EMS agency for the Gila River Indian Community and coordinates EMS activities with all of the other GRIC Public Safety Departments.
GREMS is more than an ambulance service. In addition to providing Advanced Life Support “paramedic” ambulance service, GREMS provides technical rescue (which includes multi-terrain and high-angle rescues, as well as, swift water and confined space rescues), vehicle extraction, extended scene rehabilitation, and hazardous materials medical response. GREMS actively participates in the Gila River Indian Community’s Multi-Agency Coordination System Support Team, the GRIC Emergency Operations Center activities fulfilling various command and general staff capacities, in addition to serving as subject matter and technical experts.
GREMS provides ALS and BLS standby services for Community events which include an active Bike Team. The department also engages in an active public education program through training over 800 Community members and Community departments last, over 2008 in CPR, First Aid, and First ResponderGREMS operates 7 paramedic ambulances, 1 medium duty rescue unit, 1 multiple patient support unit, and 3 operational command units; all of these units provide advanced life support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week out of 5 stations. Two of the stations are combined Public Safety stations that are shared with Gila River Indian Community Fire and Police.
GREM is active and participates locally, statewide and nationally in EMS systems development. Our management team participates in the following:
- Fire Chief’s Pinal County Association
- Gila River Multi-Agency Coordination System Support TeamGRIC Chemical Tribal Emergency Response Commission
- Gila River Multi-Agency Coordination System Support Team
- Arizona DHS – Rules Committee
- Arizona DHS – Pediatric Advisory Committee
- National Native American EMS Association
- National Association of EMS Educators
- Arizona SHARE Program
- Central Arizona College Advisory Group
- National Association SARA Title Three Program Officials
In 2007, Gila River EMS was named “EMS Service of the Year” by the National Native American EMS Association.
Seed Farm and Ocotillo, Sacaton – Dist 3
Beltline & 16th Street – Dist 6 (Lone Butte)
Casa Blanca & Orchard – Dist 5
Pecos & 51st Ave – Dist 6
Maricopa Rd & 48th St – Dist 4 (WHP)
Division Chief - Char Dillenbeck, Div. Chief
Base 100 & Station 425
Office Phone: 520-562-5169
A-Shift Bret Woodard, Batt. Chief
B-Shift Tammy Nacho, Batt. Chief
C-Shift Kevin Knight, Batt. Chief
Westside M426, M436, M429
Base 200, Station 426 & Station 429
Office Phone: 520-796-3853
A-Shift Deanna Hadley-White, Batt. Chief
B-Shift Danny Martinez, Batt. Chief
C-Shift Jim Kalweit, Batt. Chief
Training & Quality Improvement
Christopher Black, Div. Chief
520-562-5100 ext 279
Jim Kalweit, Batt. Chief
Mike Howell, CEP
Tammy Nacho, Batt. Chief
Grace Watson, EMT