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  • 05/13/2020 1:52 PM | Anonymous

    National EMS Week:

    A Time of Gratitude for the Essential Service of Paramedics and EMTs

    National EMS Week is May 17-23, 2020. This designated week, established by presidential proclamation in 1973, is an annual celebration to recognize and appreciate Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provided by Paramedics and EMTs in communities across our nation.

    This year’s National EMS Week presents a timely opportunity for communities to give special thanks and gratitude to all EMS practitioners who have been and continue to serve on the front lines of our nation’s war on the COVID-19 pandemic. EMS practitioners are responding to calls for help from patients with suspected or positively diagnosed coronavirus, in addition to 9-1-1 calls for patients with severe injuries and illness, such as cardiac arrests and strokes. In serving their patients, thousands of EMS practitioners have contracted COVID-19 and even more have had to self- quarantine away from their families after having been exposed to the coronavirus. Many of our brave Paramedics and EMTs have died in the line of duty from COVID-19.

    EMS is a vital element of our nation’s health care, public health, and public safety systems. Every day, 24/7, in every community, EMS responds to patient calls for help when they have had an accident or are experiencing a medical emergency, including heart attack, difficulty breathing, a     fall, drowning, stroke, drug overdose or acute illness. As strongly demonstrated during this  pandemic, EMS is an integral component of our nation’s ability to respond to public health crises.  EMS is a critical element of our nation’s disaster and mass casualty response. Together with their colleagues in the fire service and law enforcement, EMS practitioners respond to disasters and mass casualties, including bombings, mass shootings, biological and natural disasters, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods.

    EMS also serves as a health care safety net by providing emergent, urgent and preventive medical care as the first step of the health care continuum. EMS fills health care gaps in communities with cost-effective, 24/7 medical care that assesses and navigates patients to the right care, in the right place, and at the right time.

    “As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds, our country and the world are bearing witness to the remarkable dedication, commitment to service and courage of EMS practitioners. Communities owe  a great debt of gratitude to our Paramedic and EMTs who are serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 response. Please help us recognize the incredible courage and selflessness of our EMS practitioners,” stated Matt Zavadsky, President of National Association of EMTs.

    All communities are asked to recognize the heroic efforts of their Paramedics and EMTs this EMS Week and to support their local EMS agencies throughout the year. Communities are encouraged to post their messages of thanks online with #EMSStrong.

    On Saturday, May 16 at 6 p.m. EST, please join the National EMS Memorial Service in a national moment of silence to honor all Paramedics and EMTs who died in the line of duty in 2019 and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Post your message of remembrance using #moment2honor and #ultimatesacrifice.

  • 03/30/2020 1:49 PM | Anonymous

    SCEMSA has created a new COVID-19 resource page at scemsa.org/covid-19, which provides links to national and state entities, resources regarding PPE requests, online training, and more.  

    We will use this page as a place to update and post relevant information rather than filling up your inbox. The COVID-19 resource page will be periodically updated to add the latest information and link to the most current guidance from the CDC and other agencies. 

    If you have a resource you think we need to include, please contact us.
  • 01/09/2020 11:54 AM | Anonymous

    Welcome to our new website - created with members in mind. We hope you will find the website easy to use with lots of new features.

    MEMBERS can login and

    • update your own profile;
    • easily renew your membership online;
    • view members only pages;
    • register for new events at member only prices;
    • manage privacy and email settings;
    • and more.

    How to login for the first time:

    If you are a member, you can activate your account by clicking on the login button at the very top right corner of the website.  On the login screen, click the "forgot password" link.

    Enter the e-mail address we have on file, and it will provide you with directions via e-mail about setting your password. Then come back and login to gain access to your membership information.  
  • 01/09/2020 10:37 AM | Anonymous

    The South Carolina EMS Association is an inclusive, statewide association for all emergency medical services in the state of South Carolina. The SCEMSA is dedicated to the advocacy and improvement in the EMS industry through research, data analysis and education.

    What is the South Carolina EMS Association currently doing in South Carolina?

    • Bylaw revision: This was a huge step to making the membership more inclusive. The revision of the Board of Directors to include a cross section of all types of EMS within the state.
    • Merger of the SC Private Ambulance Providers back into the SCEMSA to create a unified voice for all of EMS with the state.
    • Merger of the SC Public Information and Education group under the umbrella of the SCEMSA
    • Ongoing negotiations about merging the Air Ambulance Association and the SC EMS Educators Association

    Learn more about SCEMSA here.

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