Area Ambulance Service Board of Directors: AAS is a community based, not-for-profit organization governed by a Board whose membership is comprised of representatives from St. Luke’s Unity Point Hospital, Mercy Medical Center, the City of Cedar Rapids, the City of Marion, and Linn County.
Established: Area Ambulance Service has been providing the Cedar Rapids, Marion, and surrounding areas with superior patient care and medical transportation since 1971.
Funding: Area Ambulance Service is a user-fee based self-sufficient, stand-alone enterprise that does not receive any form of financial subsidy.
Financial Assistance: AAS has an established charitable financial assistance program. This program is calculated on a sliding scale based upon family size and annual income. Qualified applicants may receive 10% to 100% reduction in their ambulance bill. To learn more about this program please visit:
Experience: Area Ambulance Service has 50 FT/PT Paramedics and EMTs on staff with more than 500 years combined EMS experience.
Ambulance Staffing: All Area Ambulance Service units are staffed with a minimum of one Paramedic and one EMT at all times.
Ambulance Locations: AAS units are strategically posted throughout the entire coverage area according to a sophisticated deployment plan. The ambulances move throughout the service area based upon changing call demand requirements. Our computer aided dispatch system directs the AAS dispatcher to relocate available units based upon a dynamic system status plan. This ensures optimal response time regardless of the location of the call or the time it comes in.
Fleet: AAS operates a fleet of 12 Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulances in the Cedar Rapids / Marion service area and 2 ALS ambulances in Buchanan County. In addition to our ALS units, AAS utilizes various support vehicles to provide the best medical care and transportation to all of our patients. To learn more about our support services vehicles, please visit