Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare and Carris Health care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to helps us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

CentraCare Emergency Medical Services

CentraCare Emergency Medical Services (EMS) team serves communities throughout central and west central Minnesota. We have bases in Long Prairie, Big Lake/Monticello, Paynesville, Willmar, Benson and Redwood Falls. We provide multiple levels of care and transportation including Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support.

About Us

  • We respond to more than 12,000 calls each year.
  • We have a staff of 150+ trained EMS professionals.
  • Our fleet includes 25 ambulances and response vehicles.
  • Our ambulance run time standard is to be activated and ready to respond within 60 seconds for emergency calls.
  • Our staff are trained as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Paramedics.

Ambulance Transfers

CentraCare EMS ambulance paramedics are trained for Advanced Life Support (ALS), Basic Life Support (BLS) and Critical Care transports. Patient transfers are taken from area hospitals, local clinics and Level IV trauma hospitals within the region to Level I or Level II trauma hospitals in Minnesota.

Community Involvement

We participate in many community events to bring assistance, education and information to the community. Topics we cover include:

  • First aid (education and certification)
  • CPR (education and certification)
  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training
  • Assistance in purchasing AEDs
  • Ambulance tours
  • Presentations and talks with children
  • Babysitting safety education

For information on arranging an educational event, please call 320-235-4543, ext. 4017, or email

Join our team

View and apply for open positions. Simply search terms "EMT" or "paramedic" in our Careers section.