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

In some cases we may offer EMS coverage for smaller sporting, entertainment or other special events.

We are unable to offer EMS coverage for most small athletic events, such as running and biking events. We simply don't have the resources to fill the ever-increasing volume of requests without impacting 9-1-1 service.

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 make a request for EMS coverage, please complete this Request Form and return to events@wakeems.com along with any required maps (as outlined on the form).

Special Event coverage requires receipt of a completed application a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the event.

We will review your request and consider offering coverage based on some combination of the following factors: event crowd size (2,500+), risk factors for participating population, area traffic impedance caused by the event (major road closures or traffic jams, etc.), EMS personnel availability, and the 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.

Ambulance: $105/hr.      Bike Team/Foot Team: $90/hr.     EMS Supervisor: $50/hr.


For further questions, contact:
Jeffrey Hammerstein
Chief of Community Outreach