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.###
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
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!
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.
The South Carolina EMS Association, South Carolina Firefighters Association, and DHEC are pleased to announce the course dates and registration link for the upcoming Emotional Trauma Life Support (ETLS) courses. The link to the course is listed below and will also provide specific information about the course. Because of the tremendous interest in this course, each organization is limited to no more than four registrants. If there are unfilled slots after 7/20/2018, registration will opened up statewide at which time organizations will also be eligible to send additional staff.
Course dates will be:
August 6 and 7 at the South Carolina Fire Academy Campus in Columbia
August 11 and 12 at the GHS Campus in Greenville
Please access the link below and complete your registration ASAP.
Thank you in advance and we look forward to seeing you there!
Patti Graham, SCFAST
South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association
Henry Lewis, President
South Carolina EMS Association