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EMS Education

According to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), an increasing number of credentialed pre-hospital providers (EMT, AEMT, NRP) are primarily associated with a fire department. The National Fire Protection Association 2016 survey notes more than 64 percent of total fire department calls required some kind of medical aid.

The EMS Program at the South Carolina Fire Academy (SCFA) consists of a dedicated group of instructors committed to equipping students to respond to community healthcare needs through quality education, simulation, and opportunities to gain the technical skills necessary to become successful and competent EMS providers. The EMS Section staff seeks to ensure EMS students develop excellence in every aspect of their professional practice.

The EMS Training Section, created in FY 2015, coordinates EMT, EMR, CPR and First Aid for South Carolina fire departments and offer several catalog courses. These courses not only focus on the practice of EMS, but also professional development and leadership in a fire-based EMS system.

The section is also involved in multiple EMS related committees in the state to remain proactive with continuous trends in EMS education and development. Further, the EMS Programs Working Group continues to advise and support the development of Academy EMS training programs. It has representation from the South Carolina Firefighters’ Association, EMS Association, EMS Educators Association, public and private ambulance providers, and various hospital systems.

For more information, contact Julie McCabe, EMS Section Chief.

Phone: 803-896-9893

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