First Responder: Mark Buss, Grand County EMS paramedic
March 2, 2012
Mark Buss, a paramedic with Grand County EMS, also holds a leadership position on Mountain Medical Response Team.
As the unit leader for the team his job duties entail planning, preparation, handling discipline within the organization, and acting as a liaison to other agencies.
Typical responses include car accidents, medical emergencies, and intra-facility transports.
“It’s a tough job and there are a lot of responsibilities, but it’s a challenge,” he said.
In an emergency trauma situation, “you revert to basic training, maintain airways and breathing; we will save you,” said Buss.
He has worked with Grand County EMS since 2000.
Originally from Wisconsin, Buss was a high school teacher in Kremmling before joining Grand County EMS.
His training consists of basic EMT training and certification and one year of school to get paramedic certification through the Community College of Aurora. He also attended training in Georgia for critical car paramedic certification.