To: EMS Agency Directors and Primary Contacts
From: Henry Lewis, President of the SC EMS Association
Re: EMS Workforce Study Results
Date: February 11, 2019
New Report on the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Workforce in South Carolina
The South Carolina EMS Association (SCEMSA), in partnership with the South Carolina Office for Healthcare Workforce has recently conducted a study of the EMS workforce in South Carolina. EMS agencies and the communities they serve nationwide are facing a tightening labor market with the potential for staffing shortages in the coming years. The SCEMSA and its membership have recognized that South Carolina is not immune to these national trends and have proactively begun working with partner agencies across the state to begin studying both the current and the future state of the EMS workforce in South Carolina.
The results of the study show that some agencies are beginning to experience high vacancy rates for EMS personnel and long fill times to get new hires on board. Overall, about 13% of all of the full time positions for EMTs and Paramedics were vacant in the last quarter of 2018 statewide, but only about half of the agencies participating in the study had an open position. It is also important to consider the diversity of EMS in our state and note that some agencies are not experiencing any effects of workforce shortages. The time it takes to fill a vacant position varied widely, depending on the type of personnel.
This initial workforce study is intended to provide decision-makers with valuable information that highlights both the challenges and opportunities facing the EMS workforce in South Carolina. This report is the first step in a concerted effort by several organizations to explore the many factors that impact the EMS workforce in our state, and find solutions that ensure a sufficient and well qualified EMS workforce in the future.
South Carolina is not unique in the workforce challenges we face compared to other states across the nation, however, it is our hope that a collaborative approach to studying and understanding the numerous factors that impact the EMS workforce in South Carolina will yield above average results for the field providers, citizens and visitors of our great state.
South Carolina EMS Association – www.scemsassociation.com –PO Box 1033, Summerville, SC 29484
Contact: Henry Lewis, President 803-351-4842/ email@example.com
(Columbia, SC) South Carolina EMS Association Legislative Day
On January 30th, 2019, South Carolina Emergency Medical Service professionals from throughout the state came together at the State House for their annual Legislative Day.
South Carolina EMS as a whole responds to over 1.3 million calls each year. These
calls for service are answered by over 10,000 certified EMTs and Paramedics across our state comprised of over 260 licensed agencies that incorporate; 911, hospital based, air ambulance, fire based non-transporting agencies, and private ambulance providers.
Emergency Medical Services experience increased costs to deliver this service along with an
increase in call volume each year due to population growth with an aging citizenry, increased costs associated with regulatory compliance, costs of employee benefits and operational expenses.
The South Carolina EMS Association (SCEMSA) advocates for improvements in the EMS industry through research, data analysis, and education. The Legislative Day provided an opportunity for EMS workers to sit down with members from the House and Senate that represent their respective counties and put a face with a name.
Items discussed in their meetings were House and Senate Bills related to the following:
- Sustainable funding for EMS operations within the state
- Continued and increased funding for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder training and treatment for Public Safety Professionals
- Direct Payment/Reimbursement for services rendered by EMS Agencies
- Criminal charge severity for the physical assault of a Healthcare Worker
The breakfast meeting was held in the Solomon Blatt building on the State House grounds and was attended by well over 250 EMS Professionals and Legislative Members and Staff. Lt. Governor Pamela Evette was in attendance as well.
The volunteer Administrative Staff of the SC EMS Association was able to spend a moment with Governor McMaster in the State House while other attendees were recognized in the House of Representatives.###
The upcoming December meeting will be held at the DHEC Peeple’s Auditorium located at 2600 Bull Street on December 13th at 1:00.
What: The 2018 SC EMS Association Golf Tournament will be held at Hunter’s Creek Golf & Country Club and the cost is $50.00 per player or $200.00 to field a team. There are also sponsorship opportunities available.
When: October 19, 2018
Registration: 8:00 am
Tee-Time: 9:00 am
Where: Hunter’s Creek Golf & Country Club
702 Hunter’s Creek Blvd.
Greenwood, SC 29649
For information please contact Steven McDade:
Or check out our Facebook Page to learn more about the event.
Payments should be made to:
SC EMS Association
PO Box 1033
Summerville, SC 29484
Due to the incoming hurricane, our September meeting will be canceled.
The next meeting will be October 11, 2018 at Peeples Auditorium. We look forward to seeing you there!
Dear South Carolina Fire and EMS Providers,
The South Carolina Firefighters’ Association and the South Carolina EMS Association are pleased to announce a joint educational opportunity for Emotional Trauma Life Support (ETLS) training for our state. This will be a collaborative effort between our associations designed to offer trauma and grief support training specific to first responders of all levels (Please see the attached course flyer for more details).
We are seeking interest in this class for scheduling purposes as spaces will be limited and it is our intent to allow as much participation as possible. As such, we ask that you respond to the survey monkey link below if you are interested in attending or if you are interested in sending a representative from your agency or department. The cost for the course is $150.00 per person and we plan to host the course(s) in early August 2018. Location(s) will be determined based on interest and will be communicated upon the conclusion of this survey. We ask that interested participants reply to the survey by no later than March 18, 2018.
Survey Link- https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G7N9JV6
Thank you for your service as first responders in South Carolina. Please help us make this educational opportunity a success and feel free to share the survey monkey link with contacts that are involved in first responder wellness and grief management. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this opportunity you should con- tact one of the personnel listed below.
Patti Graham firstname.lastname@example.org 803-968-9336
Christian McConnell Christan.McConnell@scfirefighters.org
Jimmy Walker email@example.com
Henry Lewis firstname.lastname@example.org
I am delighted to announce that our U.S. Congress has passed legislation that includes most of the provisions of H.R. 3729 — the Comprehensive Operations, Sustainability, and Transport Act of 2017 to extend the Medicare add-ons of 2% urban, 3% rural, and the 22.6% super rural bonus payments for five additional years, retroactive to January 1, 2018.
This legislation will enable our industry to continue to deliver the essential, life-saving services that we provide 24/7 to our patients and communities. It also requires our industry to begin the process of cost reporting in 2019. Reporting the actual costs that we incur in serving our patients and communities, including day-to-day patient care, as well as the cost of preparedness in the event of a disaster, will provide the data that is needed for future modifications to the ambulance fee schedule. NAEMT will partner with other stakeholders to work with HHS to help create an appropriate methodology and system for collecting this cost data.
We deeply appreciate the commitment, leadership, and perseverance of the House Ways and Means Committee and House sponsors, Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL), for shepherding this bill through the legislative process, and to the Senate leadership for working out a compromise to get this legislation passed.
The success of our efforts was highly dependent on the tremendous collaboration we received from the International Association of Fire Chiefs, The International Association of Firefighters, and the National Volunteer Fire Council. Together, with one voice, we advocated for this bill for many months. We are very grateful to these partners for their tireless efforts to get this legislation passed. We also thank the American Ambulance Association for their work over many years to ensure that the Medicare add-on payments continued.
We are all grateful for the outstanding efforts of those members who provided the grassroots voice for our cause. Each of you contributed to this success. Please join me in expressing a big THANK YOU to our NAEMT Advocacy Committee, NAEMT Advocacy Coordinators and all members who actively supported passage of this bill through emails, letters, phone calls and personal meetings with their congressional leaders and staff. All of us working together was truly the key to this victory.
Dennis Rowe, EMT-P