Company Profile

Okefenokee EMS was started by Derek Mallard on April 1, 1994, in Waycross, Georgia, with one ambulance and two employees. The company plan was to do hospital to hospital transports and discharges and to provide back up for local emergency medical services. Today the company has over 100 employees operating 15 trucks in eight counties in Southeast Georgia. Okefenokee EMS has stations in Waycross, Pearson, Jesup, and Brunswick. Okefenokee EMS strives to provide the very best in emergency and non-emergency ambulance service by using the best equipment and the best staff of healthcare professionals. We are the only EMS provider in Southeast Georgia to employ a rigid quality and assurance program to ensure compliance with State and Federal guidelines. Q&A also oversees application of company protocols set by our medical director, Dr. Josh McCarthy. The company continues to expand to meet the needs of several communities throughout South Georgia. It is our goal to be the best ambulance service in the State of Georgia. We are here to serve.

Mission Statement

At Okefenokee EMS we recognize the value of every person and are guided by our commitment to excellence. We demonstrate this by:

  • Providing exemplary physical, emotional, and spiritual care for each of our patients and their families and balancing the continued commitment to the care of all patients we transport.
  • Building a work environment where each person is valued, respected, and has an opportunity for personal and professional growth.
  • Advancing excellence in Emergency Medical Care by strengthening our relationships with hospitals, other agencies and our community.
  • Demonstrating social responsibility through the just use of our resources.

The commitment of our staff, community partners and friends to our mission permits us to maintain a quality of presence and tradition of caring, which are the hallmarks of Okefenokee Emergency Medical Service.