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  • 01/18/2022 12:15 PM | Anonymous

    Our Annual Legislative Breakfast has been  re-scheduled for February 16, 2022 from 8 am - 11 am at the South Carolina Statehouse, Room 112 in the Blatt Building.  This is a FREE event.

    There will not be a virtual pre-event meeting since we hosted one in January.  If you didn't attend that meeting and would like more details, contact: advocacy@scemsa.org.

    IF YOU REGISTERED FOR THE JANUARY EVENT - Please register again at the link below, so we can confirm the new date works for you.  If you weren't able to attend in January, we hope you can attend this new date!

    As always please feel free to contact Advocacy Chair Steve McDade or myself with any questions or concerns. 

    Henry Lewis, MHA, NRP, CEM
    Executive Director
    South Carolina EMS Association

  • 12/21/2021 3:26 PM | Anonymous

    The SCEMSA is laying a foundation to shape the future of EMS in South Carolina. As our recent advocacy outreach efforts have shown, we are stronger together. EMS by nature is diverse and multifaceted, with emergent and nonemergent, air and ground, hospital and fire based programs and more.

    For the purpose of bringing everyone together, the SCEMSA Board of Directors have accepted a set of bylaws revisions to be sent to the membership that will help our association continue to work together, grow, and move forward. The biggest revisions are focused on SCEMSA membership levels and NAEMT agency options for agencies and educational members. These were finalized in January 2022.

  • 11/29/2021 3:28 PM | 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 (2021).

    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, 2022.  Send packets to Mark Self at Pee Dee, 1314 W. Darlington Street, Florence SC 29501 or email them to Mark at mself@pdrems.com

  • 11/17/2021 2:34 PM | Anonymous

    SCEMSA is proud to announce it has launched a new SCEMSA Career Center - the premier resource to connect career opportunities with highly qualified EMS talent. The Career Center is designed to provide you with a better overall experience through a modern design and an intuitive interface. You will be able to access the Career Center through any device of your choice- smartphone, tablet, or desktop.

    To access the Career Center, visit: https://careers.scemsa.org/ 
    or click on Career Center at the top of our website.

    In the Career Center, you can manage your career or recruit for open positions.  
  • 11/17/2021 2:34 PM | Anonymous

    SCEMSA is working closely with the SC EMS Network regarding the 2022 SC EMS Symposium. More information will be forthcoming, however, hold the dates for Thursday 3/10/2022- Saturday 3/12/2022. The EMS Educators precon will be held 3/9/2022 from 09:00-12:00. SCEMSA will be hosting the Educators precon, and it will be offered free to current SCEMSA members.

    The SC EMS Network has also graciously allowed us to host some of our leadership conference material during the upcoming symposium since we were forced to cancel our 2021 event due to COVID. We hope to see you at the conference and links to additional information and schedules will be published soon. Keep an eye on the SCEMSA website and your email.

  • 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.

  • 06/30/2021 10:49 AM | Anonymous

    We are pleased to announce that we have revised our Committee meeting schedules as well as added some new committees and new chair persons. Committees will meet quarterly and the next meetings will be held (virtually) throughout July. If you want to get involved with shaping the future of our industry in South Carolina, pick a committee or committees that interest you and come see what we are doing! These Committees are truly the driving force behind our progress and we are excited to work on the issues facing our profession. 

    Listed below are the upcoming meeting dates and times along with a small sampling of the focus of the committees. You can contact the chair(s) of any committees via our website (https://scemsa.org/Leadership) or myself with any questions.

    Data, Administration, and Compliance- 7/6/2021 @ 10:00. Regulation 61-7 revision, creation of an Administrative Policy Manual for the SCEMSA,  and By-Law Revision

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    Legislative and Advocacy- 7/13/2021 @ 1:00. 2022 Legislative agenda to include Essential Service designation for EMS, funding, PORS retirement, and earnings cap.

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    Membership Committee- 7/14/2021 @ 3:00. Membership recruitment campaign, member benefits review, new membership types, resources for members. 


    Education and Certification- 7/20/2021 @ 4:00. Leadership conference planning, coordination of "Innovation in recruitment" workshops, Professional development training development for EMS, educator shortage.


    Finance and Reimbursement- 7/21/2021 @ 1:00. Provider Assessment for private EMS providers, PCG/Medicaid expansion options for public EMS, Cost Reporting Workshop


    Health and Wellness- 7/22/2021 @ 10:00. Mental Health and Resiliency training being added to all initial certification courses, Wellness Bootcamps hosted across the state,  grant funding opportunities for providing additional support and education.


    Disaster Preparedness- 7/22/2021 @ 1:00. Improving EMS education and funding for Emergency management, funding for EMS in disaster, integration into ESF 8, DHEC ACC, and SCHA IC for hospital evacuations. 


    Workforce Planning and Development- 7/27/2021 @ 1:00. Updating the workforce survey, needs assessment, creation of resources for EMS agencies, Coordination of the "Innovation in recruitment" workshops.


    EMS Memorial Bike Ride/Honor Guard- More information will be forthcoming. 


    Following feedback from our membership and leadership retreat, our meeting schedules will now be quarterly. This allows time for the committees and the Board of Directors to meet as well as avoids redundancies in scheduling. The new meeting schedules take effect on July 1st and will follow the schedule outlined below. 

    July-Committees meet. (Next meeting in October) 

    August- SCEMSA Board of Directors Meeting (Next meeting in November)

    September 16th (3rd Thursday) @ 1:00, SCEMSA Membership meeting (Next Meeting in December). Note, the meeting date was changed to the Third Thursday to avoid conflicts with the EMS Advisory Council which meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month. Meeting reminders, agendas, in person and virtual options will be emailed in advance of the scheduled meetings. 

    Meetings will follow this quarterly rotation unless a situation arises which requires more frequent engagement or adjustment for holidays. We are working to update the website to display meeting dates and upcoming events. 

    Thank you in advance for your continued support.

    SCEMSA Board of Directors

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