GEORGETOWN, Del. - Sussex County Emergency Medical Services has earned its first ever accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS).

This means that Sussex County EMS meets or exceeds nationally accepted high standards of patient care in the industry. This accreditation from CAAS is one of the highest marks a pre-hospital EMS service can receive when evaluating its operations and services. The agency received a perfect score on its evaluation despite not having ambulances. 

Manager of Quality Standards Robert Mauch expects this recognition to help the agency with recruitment. 

"We're what we call a "chase car system," so two paramedics respond in our paramedic vehicles," says Mauch. "We interact a lot with the local volunteer fire services who have a lot of EMS staff staffing their ambulances."

Associate Medical Director Paul Cowan says the agency has always provided quality healthcare in the field.

"We've always known that, but this accreditation allows us to check that we were doing and what we needed to be doing and I'm immensely proud," says Cowan. 

This is the second advanced life support system in Delaware to earn this distinction. Fewer than 200 agencies in North America hold CAAS accreditation. Re-accreditation is required every three years.