Emergency Medical Services
The Orangeburg County Emergency Medical Services (OCEMS) program is dedicated to providing out-of-hospital acute medical care and/or transport to definitive care to patients with illnesses and injuries. OCEMS uses mobile data terminals equipped with specialized, state-of-the-art software for the purpose of processing patient care documentation. OCEMS also maintains a fleet of ambulances which feature customizations that make them particularly well-equipped to handle their unique task.
Equipment & Apparatus
Excellent communication with the local hospitals allows for the crews to alert them of incoming medical and trauma emergencies. Protocols are in place for stroke alert and cardiac arrest. Air transport for the most severe trauma cases that need to be taken to a level 1 trauma center is available via a local helicopter, Life Net, stationed at the rear of the hospital. The OCEMS has access to Meducare helicopter on the far eastern side of the county. OCEMS is able to make ground transports to 2 hospitals: The Regional Medical Center (TRMC), and Trident Regional Medical Center.
OCEMS has a large number of Department of Transportation-certified first responder volunteers working within the county with their local fire departments. The OCEMS service conducts first responder training classes for the local volunteers. First responders are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and basic first aid skills, which allows them to provide care until the ambulance can arrive on scene. OCEMS has a 911 Call Center facility built to withstand severe weather situations and equipped with a vast array of communications technology which aids our dispatchers in providing responsive assistance to those in need.
OCEMS now operates 5 stations:
- Neeses - Medic 1
- Orangeburg (Headquarters) - Medic 2 and 3
- Santee - Medic 4
- Bowman - Medic 6
If you are interested in a career with the OCEMS, have a look at our Recruitment Brochure (PDF).
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