NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County Council will officially recognize an award its EMS system won in late September at its meeting October 5. The Charleston County EMS was named the 2010 National Paid System of the Year by the publishers of EMS Magazine. EMS Director Don Lundy was given the award in Dallas, Texas at the annual EMS Expo at the end of September.
Charleston County EMS was chosen based on various criteria such as its innovation in pre-hospital care, program upgrades, the high certification level of its personnel, worker safety and well-being, education and training program, involvement in the medical community, illness and injury prevention projects and public education initiatives, among other reasons.
"I've always known that we, as a community, were blessed to have such talented people in the EMS system," said Lundy. "That team effort with our medical staff includes dispatchers, first responders, our medical directors, hospital staff, plus all of the supportive staff, mechanics, procurement and billing. Everyone makes it a true team effort."
Charleston County EMS was established by County Council in 1973 as the first County-wide EMS service in the State of South Carolina. It serves every municipality in the County with 14 ambulances available around-the-clock at substations throughout the County. Charleston County EMS responded to 49,310 requests for assistance in 2009.