The Denver Health Paramedic Division is the sole provider of emergency medical services for the City and County of Denver, Colorado. Our mission is to provide professional, compassionate and clinically excellent care to every patient, with every encounter, through a culture of integrity and continuous improvement.

A division of Denver Health and Hospital Authority, we provide 911 services to residents of Denver, as well as the cities of Glendale, Sheridan and Englewood and the Skyline Fire Protection District. The Denver Health Paramedic Division employs 215 paramedics, 20 emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and has a command staff of 31. We responded to 106,715 calls in 2015.

Through the Rita Bass Trauma and EMS Education Institute, Denver Health Paramedics provides training for EMTs and paramedics, as well as continuing education and community training. In 2015, 32 new paramedics and 82 new EMTs graduated from our prestigious program.


Featured Employee


Joe Thrasher

Hometown: Kalamazoo, Michigan

What you do for a living:I am the Paramedic Fleet Office Manager for the Denver Health Paramedic Division, formerly EVMARS.

Favorite food:  Breakfast foods in general, especially a round house from the Butcher Block Cafe in Denver.

If you were a baseball player, what would your  “walkup song” be: Ladies and Gentlemen by the group Saliva

Favorite vacation destination: Mountains, getting up to a beautiful sunrise, the peace and quite of the wilderness and of course with a cup of coffee.

What do you enjoy about your job?  Love working with the people of EVMARS, Denver Health and the Paramedic Division. I still enjoy seeing patients after 43 years in EMS. I love a challenge.

Tell us something people may not know about you: I am very fortunate to work with a group of Paramedics that cover the Denver Bronco's,Colorado Avalanche, the Denver Nuggets as well as DU and CU sports teams. It is still hard sometimes to beleive that I get paid for watching sports.