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In 2005, Medics First was founded on three core principles for delivering superior emergency care:

  • Build strong relationships throughout the healthcare community.
  • Hold paramedics to a higher standard.
  • Provide a better workplace to attract top professionals.

Since then, Medics First has grown to include a fleet of 13 ambulances and employ a team of over 75 paramedics, EMTs, and office staff members. We offer the latest medical technology in the hands of highly-skilled medics who are dedicated to providing compassionate care. Six full crews provide expert patient care, every hour of every day. 

In August of 2019, Medics First was purchased by Advanced Medical Transport, a nationally-accredited and recognized regional Emergency Medical Services provider, based in central Illinois. As a member of the AMT family, Medics First will become Springfield’s first not-for-profit ambulance service, operated for community benefit, and guided by a community-based Board of Directors. For more information on Advanced Medical Transport, please visit

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Our ambulances are equipped with advanced life support (ALS) equipment that transmits vital information directly to the receiving hospital. This allows the Emergency Room to properly prepare for the patient’s condition and provide immediate care upon arrival. All of our ambulances are tracked and dispatched via GPS locator units and include onboard laptops. Medics First ambulances are continually being upgraded to leverage the latest technological advances. 


Our nationally-registered or state-certified Paramedics and EMT-Bs are highly trained and receive comprehensive continuing education. Both our service and our medical staff are regulated by the State of Illinois. To maintain our EMT licenses, we must complete 120 hours of approved continuing medical education in both adult and pediatric care. We are dedicated to exceeding those standards.

Many of our paramedics have also received additional training and certifications, including:

  • ACLS – Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • PhTLS – Prehospital Trauma Life Support
  • PEPP – Pediatric Emergency Prehospital Professionals
  • PALS - Pediatric Advanced Life Support
  • PHTLS-Prehospital Trauma Life Support
  • CCEMT-P -Critical Care Certification