July Member of the Month

Lee Cabaniss
Director, Elko County Ambulance Services
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Held the position since August 2016. Prior to coming to Elko County Ambulance Service I served as an Operations Division Chief for ASG-Kuwait EMS at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait for over 7 years implementing and managing the first US standard, civilian ALS agency in support of US Army Central Command. I have experience in hospital, third service, and fire department based EMS Services, including over 10 years as a volunteer for Cave Spring Rescue Squad in Roanoke, Virginia serving 4 years as EMS Chief. My experience also includes working for Western Virginia Regional EMS Council.

I am a graduate of the paramedic program at National College in Salem, Virginia and I am currently completing a Bachelors in Healthcare Management through Southern New Hampshire University. I am a Nevada and Virginia EMS Instructor, and instruct CPR, ACLS and PALS.

I am a member and EMS representative to the Elko County Local Emergency Planning Committee, Elko Central Dispatch Administrative Authority Operations Board, and the Elko County Enhanced 911 Advisory Board.

EMS agency name
Elko County Ambulance Service

Agency location/area served (City/State)
Elko County, Nevada. Elko County, Nevada is the 4th largest county in the continental United States.

Service type: (Municipal, Private, Hospital, Volunteer)
Elko County Ambulance Service is a municipal EMS agency providing services with full-time, part-time, and volunteer EMS providers. Provide services out of three stations that are separated by 50-70 miles each.

Number of staff:
EMT’s: 50
Paramedics: 9
Support staff 2

Annual call volume statistics (FY 2016)

  • 911 responses - 3,727
  • 911 transports - 2,720
  • Non-emergency transports (if applicable) - 709
  • Public and Community Standbys - 128

Population of coverage area: Approximately 53,000
Square mileage of coverage area: 17,203 square miles

Ambulance Fleet information

  • Number of BLS ambulances - 5
  • Number of ALS ambulances - 4
  • Number of supervisory units - 1
  • Specialty units/resources – 1 Bariatric Ambulance (ALS)

MIH, Community paramedicine and/ or other programs
Elko County Ambulance Service provides primary and continuing education to both internal and external providers and external agencies.

Elko County Ambulance Services is a primary field internship location for Advanced EMT and Paramedic students from Great Basin College, the only Paramedic program based in the frontier areas of Nevada.

Agency challenges:
Elko County is classified as Elko County Ambulance Service is the sole Advanced Life Support ground ambulance provider within Elko County, Nevada except for a service 110 miles away that straddles the Utah/Nevada border. Elko Ambulance provides ALS transport services throughout Elko County, but normally staffs our two rural stations at the Advanced EMT level. Additionally, ALS intercept services are provided to two cities, the Duck Valley Indian Reservation, and several industrial EMS agencies servicing the area’s many gold mines.
There is a single hospital providing emergency and inpatient care within the county borders, with many patients transported via ground or air to referral centers such as University of Utah in Salt Lake City, or Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno. Elko Ambulance works closely with three air medical providers also based in the county. Elko County does not currently have Enhanced or NextGen 911 in place, which is a project we are currently involved in with Elko County.