Christian Hospital EMS

Christian Hospital Emergency Medical Services (CHEMS) provides 911 and inter-facility transportation to the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Christian Hospital EMS Academy Courses 2015


Initially, north St. Louis County was served by the St. Louis County Emergency Medical Services. In an effort to provide more efficient ambulance services, the Spanish Lake Fire Protection District, the Riverview Fire Protection District and the Blackjack Fire Protection District joined forces in the early 1980s to offer an ambulance to Christian Hospital.

Today CHEMS provides primary 911 emergency services to north St. Louis County fire districts and communities serving more 250,000 people, including:

  • Blackjack Fire Protection District
  • Spanish Lake Fire Protection District
  • Riverview Fire Protection District
  • Metro North Fire Protection District
  • Mid-County Fire Protection District
  • Kinloch Fire Protection District
  • City of Ferguson
  • City of Berkeley
  • Backup 911 services to the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District and the city of Hazelwood
Did you know…
  • There are approximately 46,000 calls for CHEMS annually
  • CHEMS is the third-busiest 911 provider in the state of Missouri
  • CHEMS provides inter-facility transfers in and out of Christian Hospital and Northwest HealthCare
  • Our fleet consists of 20 ambulances and two command/triage vehicles
  • We employ 80 full-time first responders and 25 on-call responders
  • There are eight full-time dispatchers providing services for CHEMS and Alton Memorial EMS