Laurens County EMS has a public relations program established to assist the general public in learning more about us and the services that we provide. We also use this program to educate the community concerning general health issues they may have. Lt. Matt Pennington, our Public Relations Officer, schedules numerous events throughout the year targeting issues of public health and EMS education. We visit schools and speak to the kids of the community, let them tour our emergency units, and answer questions they may have about emergency services. Follow the links on the right side of this page to learn more about a few of these specific health issues.
Several times a year we sponsor mock DUI scenarios. These are dramatizations of high school students being killed due to drinking and driving. Even though these scenarios are acted out, this allows the students to witness how we perform and see how drinking and driving can lead to tragic consequences for all of the familiy members and friends involved.
To schedule a public event or to have someone speak to your organization please contact:
Lt. Matt Pennington
LCEMS Elder-Check Program
On March 1, 2003, Laurens County Emergency Medical Service began a new program aimed at assisting the elderly citizens of Laurens County. Called LCEMS Elder-Check, the program offers daily telephone contacts and weekly in-person visits to elderly residents who live alone. The program presently operates in the Western Laurens / Hickory Tavern areas of the county. The free service is designed to give a sense of security to those who may not have family or friends to keep check on their welfare.
“Our older citizens are a valuable and respected asset to our community.” said EMS Director Chad Burrell. “As we go about our daily duties of caring for the sick and injured, we have noticed that there are a significant number of older people who are trying to live independently with little help from outside sources. We feel that EMS can provide them with a feeling that someone cares.”
The Elder-Check program is currently the responsibility of Lieutenant Matt Pennington. Utilizing the Paramedic staffed Rescue truck stationed in this rural area of the county, the program is based on the principal of pre-planning, an idea widely used in the fire service.
“We want to get to know the people we serve before an emergency situation arises.” said Paramedic Clem, the former Elder Check Program Coordinator. “By becoming familiar with them and their location, we can reduce our response times and also be prepared for any unusual circumstances that we might encounter. In addition, we can make sure they are taking their medications correctly, check for safety hazards to prevent falls and other injuries, and generally give them a chance to know EMS outside of the typical emergency situation. Our daily telephone checks give them a sense of security and the weekly in-person visits will allow us to monitor their health a little closer.”
LCEMS is currently accepting a limited number of participants in the Western Laurens/Hickory Tavern area.
For more information please contact:
Lt. Matt Pennington
LCEMS Ride-Along Program
A community ride along program is available for citizens of Laurens County who wish to witness first hand what is involved in providing emergency care in the streets. We think it is extremely important to allow the citizens the opportunity to learn about the daily operations of their Emergency Medical Services.
To schedule a ride along time please contact:
Capt. Mike Sullivan
For more Information on the Flu click HERE
Learn to recognize a heart attack or stroke and act quickly when you notice the warning signs.
Call 9-1-1 immediately if you experience symptoms as described below!
To learn the warning signs of a heart attack click HERE
To learn the warning signs of a stroke click HERE
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
To find out more information concerning heart attacks
When do you call EMS?
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Seat Belts & Car Seats
For information on drug and alcohol addiction help click HERE