Good afternoon,

Your South Carolina EMS Association (SCEMSA) has been diligently working to better serve you in your work as an EMS Provider in our state. Specific subcommittees have been formed to address issues with workforce sustainability, shortages in certified EMS providers at all levels, health and safety of our EMS providers (to include PTSD and emotional trauma), education and access to EMS education systems, and more. Your SCEMSA subcommittees are actively engaging with other stakeholders to publish data and reports to help guide our legislative efforts and help us work with our State EMS Office to enact meaningful change and improve upon our statewide EMS systems.

The major focus of our 2019 legislative agenda (attached) will address: assault of healthcare workers, sustainable funding for the SCEMSA that can be applied to more robust EMS advocacy projects for the state, EMS reimbursement and direct payment concerns, and more funding to be applied to PTSD related education. This year will mark our second annual EMS Legislative Breakfast Event at the Statehouse on January 30th. Last year was very successful and well attended by EMS Agencies from across the state and elected officials who were extremely receptive to hearing about EMS related concerns.

As the SCEMSA continues to improve, we are transitioning to a more modern website hosting platform that will prove to be more user-friendly and intuitive. You will discover an interface that allows the association to target email blasts to members as well as host a list-serve feature for non-members to subscribe. We will offer exclusive members-only content and push out information and resources keeping us better connected to our members across the state.

The next meeting of the SCEMSA is December 13th, 2018 at 1:00 at DHEC Peeples Auditorium Located at 2600 Bull Street in Columbia. We would greatly appreciate the opportunity to show you what the SCEMSA is all about and show you the value of your involvement. There are unique opportunities available to serve on all of our subcommittees; membership opportunities (application attached); and most importantly, specific information on the upcoming Legislative Breakfast. Successful advocacy will be achieved through a robust representation and a unified voice as we seek to answer some of the complex problems that lie ahead. We need to hear your voice and encourage you to stand up and be heard.

We look forward to seeing you at the December meeting. Please check us out on Facebook, Twitter, or our website-

Henry Lewis, President

South Carolina EMS Association