The West Overland EMS and Fire Protection District and its Board of Directors has issued an Emergency Declaration with regard to ambulance transport. This declaration allows EMS personnel to choose transport to the closest appropriate hospital in the event of a natural disaster, pandemic, periods of civil unrest, inclement weather or situations that may arise, necessitating the need for the ambulance personnel to effectively return to the District and respond to additional calls for service. EMS personnel will transport to one of four facilities. The hospitals of choice are DePaul, Mercy Creve Coeur, Missouri Baptist and Barnes West County. Individual calls may be evaluated on a case by case basis. Should a specialty resource be required, or as determined by paramedic discretion, the patient may be transported to an appropriate facility.