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At Anderson Hospital, we take pride in our efficient and responsive Emergency Medical Services (EMS) System, which is dedicated to providing top-quality pre-hospital care and rapid emergency response to our community. Our EMS team comprises highly skilled and compassionate professionals who are committed to delivering life-saving medical interventions and compassionate care in critical situations.

About the Anderson Hospital EMS System

Welcome to the Anderson Hospital EMS System’s web page. Here you will find EMS treatment protocols, updates, training, an event calendar, forms and other information relevant to Region 4 and the Anderson Hospital EMS System. The Anderson Hospital EMS system consists of 13 fire departments and ambulance services, all committed to coordinate quality pre-hospital patient care. As an EMS Resource Hospital, we provide online medical control, continuing education, administrative support and quality assurance oversight. The Anderson Hospital EMS System has been serving the needs of the community for over 40 years.

EMS Protocols

The Anderson Hospital EMS System is one of the five systems located within Illinois EMS Region IV, which is organized under the authority of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). There are eleven EMS regions designated throughout Illinois with the geographic area of Region IV to include Bond, Clinton, Fayette, Greene, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, and Washington counties. 

EMS Education and Training

Anderson Hospital is a leader in EMS education, providing opportunities both within our hospital system and the surrounding area. We have a Continuing Education Unit (CEU) request form for all Anderson Hospital EMS System participating agencies to use our blanket site code for training. If the training request is approved, you will receive a site code for your applied training. This is to be used for 1 to 2-day classes that are “spur of the moment” training sessions.
Access the CEU Request Form

Anderson Hospital’s Paramedic program starts in January of every year. This is a 16-month program that typically meets for 4 hours every Tuesday and Thursday, with additional lab days. The Anderson Paramedic Program is CAAHEP Accredited. Enrollment is handled through Southwestern Illinois College and typically begins in August.

We have a series of Anderson EMS System approved training videos.

EMS Events and Meetings

The Illinois EMS Region IV and its systems have a series of meetings and events throughout the year, including:
  • Regional EMS Advisory: The Region IV EMS Advisory meeting is held on the first Wednesday of the quarter at 8:30AM. The location moves throughout the region.
  • Regional Trauma Committee: The Region IV Trauma Committee meeting is held on the first Wednesday of every quarter at 7:30AM. The location moves throughout the region.
  • EMS System Advisory Council: EMS System Advisory Council meets the first Tuesday of March, June, September, and December, 2:00PM

EMS Participating Agencies

The Anderson Hospital EMS System is comprised of the following agencies:


EMS Leadership
Meet the Leadership Team of Anderson Hospital EMS:

Dr. Andrew Russell – EMS Medical Director
Dr. Andrew Russel serves as the EMS Medical Director. He completed his undergraduate work at Drury University, Springfield, Mo. From there, he completed his medical education at St. Louis University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine. Dr. Russell came to Anderson Hospital in August 2014 and officially took the position of EMS Medical Director in August 2015. He was recruited by the EMS management team due to his ability and willingness to work with EMS on a daily basis.

Eric Brandmeyer – EMS Director
Eric Brandmeyer serves as the EMS Director. He has been in EMS since 1984. He took his initial EMT class at Belleville Area College, which is now known as SWIC. He was born and raised in the Anderson Hospital EMS System and obtained his paramedic license in 1988. He then took the position of EMS Coordinator at Anderson Hospital in 1999 and became Manager of EMS and Emergency Preparedness in 2008. He has been an RN since 2005.

Darin Hartman – EMS Coordinator
Darin Hartman serves as the EMS Coordinator. He started his EMS career as a volunteer EMT-Basic in 1998 at the Maryville Fire Department. He continued to work towards upgrading his provider skills and education and completed the Anderson Hospital EMS program and received his Paramedic license in 2002. Since then, Darin has worked for private and municipal Fire/EMS agencies in many different capacities. Darin has been a part of the Anderson Hospital EMS system for over 20 years.

Megan Black - EMS Educator
Megan started her EMS career as a EMT in 2010, while working as an EMT she went to Paramedic school and graduated in 2012. From there she worked at Abbott EMS and Columbia EMS, along the way she became a field training officer for Belleville Memorial’s EMS system. In 2015 she started working at Granite City Fire Department as a Firefighter/ Paramedic. She was the Lead Field Training Officer there until she started working for Anderson. She has taught EMT-Basic for SWIC and now helps instruct the Paramedic Class.

Contact the Anderson Hospital EMS System

For any inquiries or to learn more about our EMS services, please feel free to contact our EMS Director at: 618.391.6516 or our EMS Coordinator at: 618.391.6558.