South Carolina EMS Association

Advocacy

The SC EMS Association represents all member EMS agencies in South Carolina. The Association meets monthly in Columbia, except for the yearly meeting held at the SC EMS Symposia at Myrtle Beach.

If you would like to help your voice be heard, click on the Take Action button below to see current legislation, view more information, and quickly and easily contact your legislators for or against the legislation. 

Successful advocacy will be achieved through a robust representation and a unified voice as we seek to answer some of the complex problems that lie ahead. We need to hear your voice and encourage you to stand up and be heard!

Legislative Day

On January 30, 2019, South Carolina Emergency Medical Service professionals from throughout the state came together at the State House for their annual Legislative Day.  South Carolina EMS as a whole responds to over 1.3 million calls each year. These calls for service are answered by over 10,000 certified EMTs and Paramedics across our state comprised of over 260 licensed agencies that incorporate; 911, hospital based, air ambulance, fire based non-transporting agencies, and private ambulance providers.

Emergency Medical Services experience increased costs to deliver this service along with an increase in call volume each year due to population growth with an aging citizenry, increased costs associated with regulatory compliance, costs of employee benefits and operational expenses.

The South Carolina EMS Association (SCEMSA) advocates for improvements in the EMS industry through research, data analysis, and education. The Legislative Day provided an opportunity for EMS workers to sit down with members from the House and Senate that represent their respective counties and put a face with a name.

Items discussed in their meetings were House and Senate Bills related to the following:

  • Sustainable funding for EMS operations within the state
  • Continued and increased funding for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder training and treatment for Public Safety Professionals
  • Direct Payment/Reimbursement for services rendered by EMS Agencies
  • Criminal charge severity for the physical assault of a Healthcare Worker

The breakfast meeting was held in the Solomon Blatt building on the State House grounds and was attended by well over 250 EMS Professionals and Legislative Members and Staff. Lt. Governor Pamela Evette was in attendance as well.

The volunteer Administrative Staff of the SC EMS Association was able to spend a moment with Governor McMaster in the State House while other attendees were recognized in the House of Representatives.

View a list of our legislative accomplishments here.

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