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  • 01/26/2023 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    Each year at the South Carolina Emergency Care Symposium Awards Ceremony, special recognition is given to members of the EMS Community. Awards are presented to those EMS professionals who have distinguished themselves during the previous year (2022). The rules are simple and the directions are easy to follow. Acknowledge someone you know who went the extra mile, served beyond the call of duty, or simply sets an example of what EMS is all about.

    Download the awards packet here.

    The deadline for nominations is January 31, 2023.

    Email award nominations to dfinley@upstateems.com. Review the award categories, criteria, and application requirements in the awards packet using the link above. If you have questions about awards, please contact dfinley@upstateems.com.

  • 01/26/2023 9:59 AM | Anonymous

    The SCEMSA Honor Guard Committee works to honor EMS professionals at the annual EMS Memorial in May who have passed away in the last year.

    While honoree nominations for the EMS Memorial are accepted year-round, we are nearing the deadline for nominations for 2023.

    Please submit information for the individual you would like to see honored at the memorial service this year. The nomination cut-off for the May 2023 event is January 31, 2023.

    Submit your nominations at: https://scemsa.org/honor-guard.

  • 01/23/2023 11:02 AM | Anonymous

    We are pleased to announce that our Nominations Coordinator, Rodney McAbee, is opening the nomination period beginning 1/24/2023. Per the Bylaws, the nomination period can be open for 7 to 14 calendar days. We will close it on 2/3/23.

    The following seats are open for nominations this year:

    • EMS Education Institution
    • Large 911 Ground Provider
    • Small Private Ground Provider
    • Air Ambulance
    • Upstate area Regional Representative
    • Midlands area Regional Representative
    • DHEC Non-Transporting Services

    Each board position is a two-year term that starts July 1.

    Eligibility for these positions requires that the nominee be a member of the SCEMSA, in good standing, for one year as well as they meet the criteria for the respective seat.  For more details on board member requirements, see our current bylaws here.

    To nominate yourself or someone else, please submit the following information:

    • A brief bio that contains - your name, the service you represent (if applicable), and why you feel you would be a good candidate for the SCEMSA Board seat for which you are applying
    • A photo of yourself

    Submit your information using the form link here by the deadline of Feb. 3, 2023.

    This information will be shared with the membership during the online voting process to help members determine the best candidate for the positions.

  • 01/23/2023 10:04 AM | Anonymous

    SCEMSA invites those interested in contributing to EMS in South Carolina to submit proposals for presentation for the 2023 SC EMS Leadership Conference scheduled for September 27-29, 2023 in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

    September 27-29, 2023
    Kiawah Island Golf Resort
    Kiawah Island, South Carolina

    Submission Deadline: March 1, 2023

    Learn more here.

  • 11/30/2022 2:36 PM | Anonymous

    2023 SC EMS Symposium - March 1-4, 2023
    Workshops: March 1 | Full Conference Days: March 2-4

    Embassy Suites/Kingston Plantation, 9800 Queensway Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

    The SC EMS Network in partnership with the SC EMS Association invites you to come join us in Myrtle Beach for the 44th SC EMS Symposium. We believe you are going to find the educational experience at this conference to be both enjoyable and rewarding. In addition, we hope you take advantage of some of the great features Myrtle Beach has to offer.

    Find complete details and register at scemsa.org/symposium.  Attendee and exhibitor registration is now open.
  • 10/17/2022 10:25 AM | Anonymous

    SCEMSA Publishes Report:
    One Voice.
    One EMS.
    One Amazing Story to tell.

    The SC EMS Association (SCEMSA) is proud to announce that we have published a new report about the South Carolina EMS Association.

    If you loved the magazine, you'll love this report too. Make sure to read both as they have different stories to tell!


    So much has been accomplished in the last few years that will help improve emergency medical services in South Carolina: improved state funding and status, new educational programs, the launch of a major workforce recruitment campaign, and a growing list of strategic partnerships.

    It’s hard to believe that just a few short years ago, we were an all-volunteer organization with a limited budget. The state was fractured with several EMS specific associations acting independently of one another. Today, we stand as the singular voice for all aspects of EMS across our state from education to operations, and that voice is stronger than ever.

    The purpose of this report is twofold. First, we want to be transparent with our members and supporters about the association’s activities. Second, we want to say thank you. These achievements would not have been possible without the dedication of our volunteer leaders, the support of our state and federal policymakers, and collaborations with many like-minded partners – all working together to improve access to medical care for all the people of South Carolina.

    Report Features:

    • SCEMSA Snapshot
    • Educational Opportunities in 2022
    • A Unified Voice
    • Building the Workforce Pipeline
    • Strategic Partnerships
    • Volunteer Leadership
    • A Statewide Resource and Network
    • Looking ahead, planning for 2023
    • and much more!

    Feel free to share this report with others who would benefit from learning more about SCEMSA.

    If you have any questions, reach out to SCEMSA Executive Director Henry Lewis.

  • 04/07/2022 5:15 PM | Anonymous

    Do you want a shirt, hoodie, hat, koozie or decal with the SCEMSA logo on it? Do you want to support SCEMSA by wearing our logo? 

    We now have an online store with a variety of items and color options to choose from that can be shipped directly to your door. 

    Visit our new online store here.

  • 11/17/2021 2:33 PM | Anonymous

    We are pleased to announce that we have added support staff to assist us in our efforts to continue to advance SCEMSA and meet our objectives to address unmet needs.

    First, please join me in welcoming Emily Keeney as our special consultant to assist with expanding the EMS presence in high school and career centers. We recognize that awareness of EMS career options begins in high school and the K-12 systems have specific processes and procedures that must be navigated correctly in order to be successful. As such, Emily comes to us with a wealth of knowledge about how these systems function as well as knowledge of potential funding options. It is our intent to publish a current assessment of existing programs as well as a “roadmap/toolkit” for expansion. If you are currently engaged in or interested in developing a high school EMT program and would like to learn more, please contact Henry Lewis directly.

    Next, our webmaster Mary Napier has increased her involvement with the SCEMSA and is now our membership/communications specialist.  She will help coordinate the workforce initiatives and facilitate better contact with you on our behalf.  She will also be assisting with member services and communications. Mary is active with numerous State EMS Associations and will be able to assist us in better serving your needs. You can contact her at membership@scemsa.org and her contact information has been added to our leadership tab on our website.

    The Workforce Development Committee and the SCEMSA Board are pleased to announce that we have officially consigned Flock and Rally as our marketing firm to begin our statewide recruitment campaign. This Columbia based company emerged as the best option for meeting our marketing needs and will begin working on our marketing strategies in the coming weeks. The Workforce Development Committee vetted numerous firms, strategies, and options prior to making their recommendation. The plan for recruitment is multifaceted and includes social media geo fencing, targeted marketing, creation of a toolkit that can be adapted for local services, and is expandable to traditional options such as billboards and television or radio.

  • 09/30/2021 4:17 PM | Anonymous

    It is with great pleasure we announce the naming of the South Carolina EMS Foundation Grant in honor of Albert M. Futrell, Jr., who served as the initial State EMS Director for South Carolina.  Incidentally, he still holds the record for being the longest serving State Director in South Carolina.  Mr. Futrell has remained a strong force for a progressive and efficient EMS System. Mr. Futrell always had a knack for resolving difficult problems in a manner that brought great resolution.  He was always very personable and engaging. 

    He was instrumental in developing the EMS system in the early 1970’s.  Furthermore, he was also responsible for the development of the initial EMS Law & Regulations in addition to the current Grant-In-Aid programs being set up and funded.  Under his guidance the trauma program, data systems, quality assurance, emergency preparedness, ambulance run reports, training and compliance, ambulance licensure, grant programs and the four Regional EMS offices were realized. Mr. Futrell was actively involved in the now defunct National Association of State EMS Directors and stayed abreast of changes affecting the system.   

    Mr. Futrell has always been very passionate about EMS and remains actively involved in EMS even after retirement.  He currently serves on the Midlands EMS Board of Directors and is also a member of the EMS Association.  Moreover, he serves as chairman of the South Carolina EMS Foundation.  He is responsible for many of the successes that we realize today based on our EMS system being structured on a solid foundation from the early days. 

    In appreciation for all his contributions to our EMS system, it is our honor and privilege for our EMS Foundation Grant to be named the Albert M. Futrell, Jr. Scholarship Grant. 

    All information about the Albert Futrell Scholarship as well as the link for application can be found on the South Carolina EMS Foundation Website or visit https://www.southcarolinaemsfoundation.com/.

  • 09/29/2021 5:15 PM | Anonymous

    SCEMSA has been working closely with our partners at South Carolina DHEC and the South Carolina Hospital Association regarding surge capacity and hospital diversion. The attached joint position statement is a monumental step forward in terms of cooperation and establishing partnerships for the greater good. 

    These are difficult times for us all but our healthcare systems will continue to work together to identify innovative ways to be successful. 

    Read the joint position statement here.

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