Date of Completion


Document Type

Honors College Thesis


Department of Geography and Geosciences

Thesis Type

College of Arts and Science Honors, Honors College

First Advisor

Dr. Meghan Cope


Emergency Medical Services, Pre-Hospital, Medical Equity, Taskscape, Ambulance


Research demonstrates that modern Emergency Medical Service (EMS) systems do not provide care equitably to all patients, particularly across different landscapes. In this research, I explore the differences between rural and urban EMS nationally and within Vermont. Utilizing a mix of qualitative data derived from interviews with EMS providers, quantitative data from local and national-level monitoring organizations, and cartographic approaches, I generated an understanding of the current EMS landscape from a social and spatial perspective. Specifically, I explored the application of the theory of “taskscapes” onto EMS systems to evaluate understandings for a more equitable EMS future.

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