About Us

OZARK EMS is a Advanced Life Support Service owned and operated by Leon Cheatham NREMT-Paramedic / Instructor and Kathy Cheatham RN CPHQ NR-AEMT based in Calico Rock, Arkansas.

Established in November 2010 in response to the possibility of losing ambulance service to this rural Arkansas area;  Ozark EMS started with 1 BASIC ambulance in 2010 and now have 4 trucks. They started out as a Basic Life Support Service and in 2012 became an Advanced Life Support Service. 

Ozark EMS is a member of the Calico Rock/Pineville Chamber of Commerce and the Arkansas Ambulance Association,

Ozark EMS services the cities of Calico Rock and Pineville in Izard County, while providing basic transfer services to all the surrounding areas, state wide and state to state. Ozark EMS now also serves Carroll County with 2 ALS units stationed in Berryville, AR

Owner, Leon Cheatham, has been in the EMS service since 1993 when he began his career with John Warren of Columbia County Ambulance Service in Magnolia, Arkansas. Leon has worked with numerous companies prior to establishing his own service. He brings years of knowledge and experience in the EMS service to Ozark EMS. Leon is certified in ACLS, PALS, PHTLS and AMLS. Leon teaches CPR courses, EMT refresher courses, and EMT/AEMT classes. Leon is a member of Arkansas EMT Association, Paramedic Society of Arkansas where he serves as Vice President, and the Instructor Society of Arkansas, serves Calico Rock Volunteer Fire Department as Assist Deputy Chief and is also a city alderman for Calico Rock, AR

Kathy Cheatham, has been an RN since 1996 and has been a CPHQ (Certified Professional in Health Care Quality) since 2001. She is also an Advanced EMT. She is a member of the Arkansas EMT Association and has been certified as a TNCC and PHTLS provider. She has extensive knowledge of health care quality issues, risk management, and patient care issues. She had worked for the Arkansas Department of Health - In Home Services Division - as a Quality Improvement RN prior to taking her role in EMS service. Kathy works daily, either on an ambulance or behind the scenes in the office assuring quality patient care, training of the employees, and community outreach.

Leon and Kathy, along with all the staff at OZARK EMS, look forward to working with you.

OZARK EMS UPGRADES TO ALS PARAMEDIC SERVICE -                                   August 5, 2012

Following the Arkansas Ambulance Association’s presentation of BLS (Basic Life Support) Service of the Year for 2012 to OZARK EMS….OZARK EMS announces the company has upgraded from BLS to ALS (Advanced Life Support). This new level will allow OZARK EMS to bring Paramedic services to Izard County.  Owner, Leon Cheatham stated, “We are family owned / operated and live in Izard County and have a vested interest in bringing the latest emergency care to this area.” With a combined total of over 50 years of paramedic experience among the staff, OZARK EMS is able to provide top level paramedic care while still keeping the home town feel.   “We treat our patients just like they were OUR family”, stated Cheatham, “and that’s how we will continue to serve our area here in Izard County.” OZARK EMS is inspected yearly by the Arkansas Department of Health / EMS Division and is currently under the Medical Direction of Dr. Bill Pittman; ER Director at Ozark Health in Clinton, AR. Dr. Pittman is involved in all aspects of OZARK EMS’s daily activities/ policies and procedures and assures top quality care of patients. Kathy Cheatham, RN AEMT and CPHQ (Nationally Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality), works daily with staff on education and quality assurance to provide top service and professionalism to the citizens of Izard County. “We strive to let our actions speak louder than words typed on a certification”, stated Cheatham. “GOD has truly blessed OZARK EMS and we will continue to pour those blessings out on the citizens of Izard County.” We invite citizens to stop by our main base in Calico Rock, speak with our crews and tour our ambulances.  For information about our services, feel free to call our main office at 291-3538 or our crew quarters at 297-3122 or visit our website at ozarkems.com  


In March of 2015 OZARK EMS established a base of operation in Berryville, AR to assist Eastern Carroll county with 911 Services to that area. The base in located on Hwy 62 in Berryville and stations 2 ALS units. OZARK EMS continues to provide Eureka Springs Hospital with primary transfer services to other area facilities. We invite the public to stop by and visit with the crew and look at the units stationed there.