Keystone EMS is a voluntary service, operating out of Keystone, Iowa, which has been established in June of 1985, the first part of the rural EMS tiered system. At that time 7 members of the Keystone Community formed the First Responders donating their time to help the community. In 1990, there were 16 town and countrymen and women who served on the department, five of the original seven were still with the unit.
We cover quite a large area, locally, and aim to be at the scene of an incident within 10 minutes of a 911 call - often well before an ambulance would be able to arrive. We do not transport casualties to hospital, but use the services of Belle Plain, Blairstown, Dysart, Elberon or North Benton ambulace services. If the need arises, we can also use the Life Guard helicopter from Cedar Rapids.
All types of people make-up Keystone EMS, from homemakers and farmers to businessmen and nurses - all giving their time, free-of-charge, to help their community. We are always looking for new members!
Although we recieve some support from the City of Keystone and the State & County EMS, most of our funding is raised locally, from our community. We hold great-fun community events throughout the year.