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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
Your South Carolina EMS Association (SCEMSA) has hit the ground running in 2019 and we want you to be a part of the momentum. We recently amended our bylaws to be more inclusive of all EMS in South Carolina by including membership types for Non-Transporting First Responder Agencies, Technical Schools, as well as Associate Memberships. Full details and a copy of our bylaws is available to you on our website (link in signature line below).
We also voted to change the SCEMSA meetings to quarterly as opposed to monthly. Our meetings will now coincide with SC DHEC Advisory Council meetings (dates below) with our various subcommittees meeting as needed in between full association meetings. If you serve on a subcommittee, the respective chairperson(s) will contact you with meeting details. Please ensure that we have an accurate email address for you so that you can stay informed. Exact locations for our meetings will be posted on our social media platform, website, and be sent via Continuum.
Full SCEMSA Meeting Dates for 2019
March 13th at 18:00 at the South Carolina EMS Symposium
We are kicking off our legislative season as well. We had great participation and attendance at our Legislative Breakfast planning session on January 3rd. If you were unable to attend the planning session but would still like to attend the Legislative Breakfast event on January 30th, please contact one of the members listed below for details and orientation.
We are looking forward to a benchmark year for South Carolina EMS and I thank you all for your continued support. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.
South Carolina EMS Association
Reminder that the planning session for the 2019 Legislative breakfast is tomorrow January 3, 2019 at 10:00 in the Blatt Building room 312
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
September 26, 2018 @ 2:00PM
Every 4 days, a first responder in the US commits suicide. Nearly everyone has heard of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and how millions of first responders and service personnel are affected by it. What happens when we experience the same symptoms as PTSD, yet can’t point to a specific event?
Cumulative Stress Disorder (CSD) is difficult to spot. It is the result of small-scale events continually building upon each other.
This webinar will provide:
- Real-life stories and overview of Cumulative Stress Disorder; what it is and the impact it has on EMS providers
- Signs to look for in yourself, your colleagues, and your providers
- Tools you can use and resources to implement to help yourself, your colleagues, and your providers
All webinar attendees will receive an e-book on Self-Care Tips for Managing Stress.
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
We look forward to seeing you at our February meeting. Agenda topics will include a presentation from Sean Kaye and the EMSPIC, review of our final planning for the EMS Legislative Breakfast event coming up in March, reports from the EMS Workforce Sustainability Subcommittees and more.
Please plan on attending and get involved and be better informed.
Thursday February 8 pm-3 pm
Midlands EMS 3201 Leaphart Rd. West Columbia SC 29169