Wake County EMS provides support for many large public gatherings each year.

In some cases we may offer EMS coverage for smaller events.

We are unable to offer EMS coverage for most small athletic events, such as running and biking events. 

Regardless, we will be there quickly for any emergent need at any special event in Wake County with a call to 9-1-1.

To request EMS coverage, please complete this Request Form and return to events@wakeems.com along with any required maps (as outlined on the form) at least 2 weeks prior to the event.

There are more events in Wake County than we can cover without negatively impacting 9-1-1 operations.  We consider each of the following criteria in determining whether we can offer EMS coverage:

  • 2500+ event participants
  • High risk factors for participants
  • Total event crowd size
  • Traffic impedance caused by the event (e.g. major road closures)
  • Availability of EMS personnel
  • Impact of the event on 9-1-1 operations

 If we are able to offer coverage, we will determine what type of EMS resources we need to cover the event (ambulances, bike team, cart, supervisor, etc.).

You will receive a form confirming dedicated EMS coverage for your event, the type of EMS resources used, and an estimate of the total costs, which are based on rates set by the Wake County Commissioners.

Unfortunately, we are unable to donate services for nonprofit and/or fundraising events.

EMS special event coverage is intended for individual patient evaluation, treatment and/or transportation to an emergency department. It is not intended for, and is beyond the scope of, EMS to provide "first aid station" type services; for example: pain medicine for headaches, multiple ice packs or elastic bandages, other medical supply hand-outs, bottled water, etc.

EMS special event coverage rates:

  • Ambulance: $105/hr.     
  • Bike, Cart or Foot Team: $90/hr.
  • EMS Supervisor and/or Single Staff coverage: $50/hr.



Public Safety Agencies requesting EMS coverage for training and testing (e.g. POPAT, live burn, etc.), please complete this brief request form and email to events@wakeems.com.

Weekday requests must be 2 weeks prior to event.

Weekend requests must be 4 weeks prior to event.

If EMS is required, be sure to get confirmation that we can cover before finalizing dates. 


For further questions, contact:
Jeffrey Hammerstein
Asst. Chief - Community Outreach
919-856-6579
jeffrey.hammerstein@wakegov.com