Emergency Medical Services
City of Port Isabel EMS was established in 1968 as one of the first MICU (Mobile Intensive Care Units) ambulance services in Cameron County. Our station is located at 202 S. Musina in Port Isabel.
We are a local standalone government-run EMS. The Port Isabel EMS is not part of the Port Isabel Volunteer Fire Department. Port Isabel EMS responds to 9-1-1 emergencies in our zone area which consists of Port Isabel, Laguna Heights and Long Island Village. South Padre Island and Los Fresnos calls are responded as mutual aid, if needed. Transfers to residence, doctor's appointments or clinics do not qualify as a 9-1-1 emergency. All 9-1-1 qualifying calls are transported to the Emergency Room of patient's choice, within Cameron County.
Port Isabel EMS staff consists of five (5) full-time Paramedics, two (2) full-time EMTs and five (5) additional Paramedics and EMTs that are scheduled as needed. All Medics are certified through the State of Texas Licensing board of EMS.
We currently have two (2) Ambulances fully stocked; but we only operate one at a time with A Paramedic (sometimes two) and an EMT. All Medics are certified in BLS (Basic Life Support), ACLS (Advance Life Support) and PALS (Pediatric Life Support). The majority of our Medics have an associate’s degree or higher level of education, with a minimum of about eight (8) years of Emergency Medicine experience.
Each Ambulance comes equipped with a heart monitor (LP15), which allows us to transmit patient's EKG to the hospital of their choice. A suction unit, ventilators, IV pump, LUCAS (heart Compressor machine) advance airway and intubation equipment, and multiple classes of medications to treat minor injuries to multiple levels of trauma to cardiac arrest are also onboard.
Our transport hospitals are in Brownsville and Harlingen, Patient has a choice of to what hospital they would like to go (depending on the acuity of call).