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South Carolina EMS Association

DT4EMS Instructor course

Deadline to submit an application has been extended to February 29.  Submit today!

The South Carolina EMS Association is looking for EMS Providers to become DT4EMS Instructors!

In Partnership with the South Carolina HealthCare Coalition, SCEMSA is proud to bring you this educational opportunity.

With the increasing violence seen against EMS providers and first responders across the country, we as an Association have an opportunity to deliver our providers an education course to better prepare them for a violent encounter.

DT4EMS is a defensive tactics class designed by EMS for EMS. The 16-hour course has been taught for over 25 years across the country. The focus is scene safety and techniques to survive aggressive encounters.

Through our partnership with the South Carolina Healthcare Coalition, the SCEMSA is sponsoring four instructor classes, one per region in April and May 2024. As part of the free course offering, the SCEMSA expects that trained instructors will be available to participate/teach at least 1 class per year that is open to the public. If a candidate is accepted into the course, an attestation of understanding will be required. Upon completion, you will have the opportunity to teach on your own.

Help us make the EMS provider's work environment a little safer!

Please read the FAQs below for complete details before you apply.

Interested candidates should submit an application of interest including: a resume/CV, a cover letter, and a letter of recommendation by February 29 here:

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the instructor course? The instructor class is 5 days Monday-Friday. The first two days are the provider class, and you must attend all 5 days.

Do you earn continuing education hours for the course? Yes Greenville County EMS submits a letter to DHEC annually for state hours for the course.

When are these classes and where?       

  • 4/15-4/19/2024 - Lowcountry Region- Berkeley County EMS
  • 4/22-4/26/2024 - PeeDee Region- Florence County EMS
  • 5/13-5/17/2024 - Upstate Region- Greenville County EMS
  • 5/20-5/24/2024- Midlands Region- Lexington County EMS

What type of candidate are we looking for?

  • 2 years public safety experience (5 years preferred)
  • Candidates must have an educational background. FTOs are acceptable, DHEC certified instructors and agency training officers preferred.
  • Physically active with no physical restrictions.

Do you need to have any background in Martial Arts? No, but if you already have a passion for martial arts, this will be right up your alley.

Do you need to be in peak physical shape? No. The instructor needs to be in good shape to be able to properly demonstrate the techniques, but you do not need to be a fitness guru.

Who can I teach to once I take this course? DT4EMS requires that your first few classes be taught to your agency. This means after this course, the next 2-3 courses need to be taught to your agency or with the association instructors. Once that is completed, you will be qualified to teach wherever you want.

After I receive my instructor credential what will it cost me to teach a class?

  • Each provider card costs $10 and comes with 2 years access to the DT4EMS website.
  • You will need to print a workbook per student (there is no textbook)
  • In addition to a classroom with AV equipment you will need at least 12 tumbling mats.

What do I need to upload to apply for the course?

  • An up-to-date CV/Resume.
  • A letter from your Director/Chief supporting the program, and your involvement in teaching the program.
  • A cover letter from you explaining why you want to be involved in the program.

Is anyone in SC already teaching this course?  Greenville County EMS has been teaching this program for 3 years and Berkeley has been teaching the course for a year. Feel free to reach out with any questions about the program -

Who do I contact for questions about the application?  Austin Mandeville, SCEMSA Education Coordinator will address any questions with the application or upload issues.  You can contact him at:


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