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South Carolina EMS

Location: South Carolina
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Latest Activity: May 12, 2013

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Last reply by Mark Ray Mar 28, 2011.

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Comment by Peter Ackermann on May 12, 2013 at 10:36pm

Georgetown County- Fire/EMS. Hiring status UNK. County operates the County Fire/EMS on a shoe string. Ambulance crews are One EMT Driver & one Paramedic. The two newest rigs are one year & three years old. Most rigs have been remounted at least four times on new chassis'. Most AMB to Hosp Communications are on Cell Phones. Radio system sucks. Very political topic.

Comment by Peter Ackermann on May 12, 2013 at 10:29pm

For those whose agencies or services that are using SPRINTERs. It is very important for your service to maintain the Mercedes Maintenance Schedule. Yes, it's a pain. Yes, it can be a little pricy. But if you convert your entire fleet over to the Mercedes Maintenance Schedule, Your repair costs will go down. Example: Empire State Ambulance-Albany, NY, Atnea Ambulance-Hartford, CT.

Comment by Billy Chambers on May 12, 2013 at 10:50am

Hello all, I just moved to Columbia,SC from Houston,TX. I have been working in EMS for 6 years now and am looking for a career in the Columbia area. Can anyone tell me anything about Richland County EMS and if they are or plan on hiring anytime soon? Any help would be much appreciated.

Comment by Nathan Stanaway on December 22, 2012 at 8:06pm

Thanks!

I guess when I say "best"  Im looking for current, progressive, aggressive services who want to be one of the best.  I dont have a bias towards the way it is delivered as long as they are emphasizing providing the best pre-hospital medical care possible in that community.  

I just got done working for a service where the director told me "we aren't trying to be the best......"   I NEVER want to work for people with that mentality again!  :)

Comment by Ben Waller on December 22, 2012 at 7:59pm

Nathan, another option is Piedmont Medical Center EMS in Rock Hill.  I don't know much about their system, but their director and I used to work together and had some overlap in grad school.  He's a pretty good guy to work for.

Comment by Ben Waller on December 22, 2012 at 7:58pm

Nathan, "best" is pretty subjective, but here's the basic rundown;

Greenville County EMS, Pickens County EMS, and Laurens County EMS are 3rd service.

 

Spartanburg and Oconee County are hospital-based.

 

Anderson City has a private contractor (MedShore).

Anderson County is covered by several rescue squads (combination volly-career)

 

Greenville County is the largest and busiest (they are above 60,000 calls/year)

 

All of the Upstate counties have a mix of rural/suburban and the northern tier (Oconee, Pickens, Greenville, and Spartanburg) also have some mountain wilderness areas.  Greenville and Spartanburg have concentrated urban areas - both have very urbanized unincorporated areas around the cities. 

 

If you want in-county Level I trauma centers and HEMS programs, Greenville County and Spartanburg are your huckleberries.

 

Greenville, Spartanburg, Oconee, Anderson, and Laurens all have mixed fire/EMS specialty teams (Hazmat, Dive, Tech Rescue, Swiftwater Rescue).  I'm unsure about Pickens County.

 

There is one fire/EMS system in the Upstate - Clemson University Fire/EMS in western Pickens County.  They are combination career-volly and cover the University and the town.  They also use massive amounts of EMS and LEO mutual aid on home football game days - Death Valley holds around 87,000 people.  

 

"Best" - depends on what kind of system you like best.

 

 

 

Comment by Nathan Stanaway on December 22, 2012 at 5:16pm

Hello all.  Im moving to the Greenville/Spartanburg SC area.  Any tips on the best local agencies?

Comment by Crystal Howard on November 18, 2010 at 9:38pm
Hello everyone I'm currently a EMT-B student I will be graduating in February and testing soon after. Hoping to work for Beaufort County EMS after graduation.
Comment by David on October 11, 2010 at 7:38am
Charleston County just got awarded the 2010 Service of the year for the entire US. they are full and have a waiting list but you should try there as well. It's a great town to live in!
Comment by V-fibber on September 26, 2010 at 10:30am
Come to Colleton County. I love it here and I know we are hiring.
 

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