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Response Teams

The Office of Emergency Services has several crisis response teams and management centers. Each team has a specific task and responsiblity assigned to them. Here you can find out what the purpose is of each team as well as the management centers.

Mobile Command Center

The Mobile Command Center creates a comprehensive field communications center and emergency management capability.

    • Mobile Command Center
    • 800 MHZ, VHF, UHF, low band radios
    • Responder Credentialing System
    • Satellite Internet System
    • Satellite Telephone
    • Mobile Command Center
    • On Board 800 MHZ conventional repeater
    • Cell phones
    • Laptop computers
    • Printers, fax, scanners, and copiers

Emergency Operations Center

When major incidents such as hurricanes strike Orangeburg County, the Emergency Operations Center, which is located within the Office of Emergency Services, becomes the County command center from which all response efforts are coordinated. The Orangeburg County Emergency Operation center (EOC) has enough operating space for representatives from all major public safety and response agencies as well as extensive telephone, radio and data communications capabilities.

    • Emergency Operations Center
    • Emergency Operations Center

C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team)

C.E.R.T. is a training program that prepares you to help yourself, your family, and your neighbors in the event of a disaster. Following a major disaster, professional emergency responders may be overwhelmed or unable to reach areas isolated by road damage, flooding, or other obstructions. Utilities may be damaged. Essential supplies may be unavailable. People will need to rely on themselves and others for help in order to meet their immediate life saving and life sustaining needs. By getting trained in C.E.R.T., you will have the skills to help emergency responders save lives and protect property.

In addition to supporting emergency responders during a disaster, the C.E.R.T. program builds strong working relationships between emergency responders and the people they serve. C.E.R.T. teams also help the community year-round by helping with community emergency plans, neighborhood exercises, preparedness outreach, fire safety education, and workplace safety. C.E.R.T. training takes about 20 hours to complete and provides critical skills in emergency preparedness and response.

If you would like to get involved and be a part of the Orangeburg County S.A.R.T.A.C., contact Billy Staley at (803) 533-6265 or via the Contact Form at the bottom.

  • Benefits of C.E.R.T. training:
    • Apply basic medical techniques
    • Assist emergency responders
    • Conduct light search and rescue
    • Extinguish small fires
    • Help reduce survivor stress
    • Identify and anticipate hazards
    • Reduce fire hazards in the home and workplace
    • Set up medical treatment areas
  • Who should take C.E.R.T. training?
    • Communities of faith
    • Community leaders
    • Members of clubs and civic organizations
    • Neighborhood Watch groups
    • Parents
    • People interested in taking an active role in hometown preparedness
    • Teachers and administrators

HAZMAT (Hazardous Materials)

The task of Emergency Services when presented with a situation involving hazardous materials is to respond, assess the situation and take corrective actions to eliminate any threat to the citizens of the County. We coordinate an effective response to the incident, provide specialized resources and request additional resources from other agencies in the County and state that may be needed. Our Hazmat Response Team consists of over twenty highly trained volunteers willing to respond whenever and wherever needed.

This unit was purchased using a Homeland Security grant to create a single response vehicle that could carry all Hazmat response equipment and supplies to a hazardous materials incident.

    • HAZMAT
    • HAZMAT
    • HAZMAT

S.A.R.T.A.C. (Search and Rescue Task Force)

In the state of South Carolina Law enforcement is the lead agency for a missing person search. The Orangeburg County Search Team (SARTAC) was created to fill a need for trained responders to assist law enforcement with missing person searches. The trained responders on our team are placed with good Samaritans who want to help during a search. This allows us to multiply our resources on a search and increase our effectiveness. We train our members using National Association of Search and Rescue materials.

If you would like to get involved and be a part of the Orangeburg County S.A.R.T.A.C., contact Billy Staley at (803) 533-6265 or via the Contact Form at the bottom.

    • S.A.R.T.A.C. Trained Areas:
    • Advanced Search Training
    • Air Search Techniques
    • Animal Search Techniques
    • First Aid
    • Forward Looking Infrared Search
    • FUNSAR Training
    • Grid Searching on foot
    • Hasty Searching on foot
    • Low Angle Rope Rescue
    • Man Tracking
    • Navigation using a compass and map
    • Search Management
    • S.A.R.T.A.C.

S.T.A.R. (Special Tatics and Rescue)

The S.T.A.R. team is comprised of over 60 firefighters from across Orangeburg County who have taken specialized rescue and extrication courses in order to respond when needed to special rescue situations anywhere in the county. The S.T.A.R. team is probably best known for its response to serious vehicle accidents requiring the "Jaws of Life" and other specialized rescue tool including rescue airbags to free the victims from the vehicle. In addition to these responses the S.T.A.R. team has also trained to provide specialized rescue services for other situations such as high level, confined space, entrapment in equipment and rescues from damaged buildings.

As part of the Office of Emergency Services the S.T.A.R. team also provides support services to Emergency Preparedness Operations such as monitoring of dams during potential flood situations, evacuation of areas threatened, damage assessment and emergency assistance during severe weather such as tornados. The S.T.A.R. team members are all volunteers and receive no pay or other compensation for their work. These volunteers respond whenever needed to meet their motto of "VOLUNTEERS DEDICATED TO SERVE IN ANY EMERGENCY."

    • S.T.A.R.
    • S.T.A.R.
    • S.T.A.R.