First response within Laurens County is provided by 17 area fire departments. First responders must be affiliated with an emergency agency which has an organized response procedure. Each first responder candidate must complete a course and pass the Department of Transportation written test and skills stations with a grade of 70% or better. The students have the opportunity to take the National Registry test, however it is currently not required but strongly recommended. The course length was increased from 44 to 58 hours with the approval of the local community-training center and the Laurens County EMS Training Department. The increase affords the student ample time to master the necessary skills and knowledge to perform with excellence on every call they respond to. Within each initial class, the student is subjected to lecture and skills practice to include but not limited to medical emergencies, trauma assessment, and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), which takes 16 hours of class time.
Medical supplies and equipment are provided by the individual departments and replaced after each call by the responding EMS unit. Laurens County EMS has worked to provide each department with an AED that was purchased through a grant. There are still needs and we are working hard to supply all departments with an AED by the end of this year.
Laurens County is a predominately rural county with 17 Fire Departments, 4 of which are paid and 13 are volunteer. All of the departments provide not only fire suppression to the citizens of there respective response areas but also provide BLS first response.
Laurens County Fire Departments
Clinton City Fire Department
Ekom Fire Department
Fountain Inn Fire Department
Greenpond Fire Department
Hickory Tavern Fire Department
Laurens County Fire Department
Mountville Fire Department
Renno Fire Department
Waterloo Fire Department
Western Laurens Fire Department
Youngs Fire Department
Each department has worked with the EMS Director to set automatic dispatch criteria. The response criteria is based on the type of emergency and the response time of the EMS unit assigned to that emergency.
Laurens County EMS offers an in-service training and education program to local first responders. The program is overseen by the EMS Training Department. This program follows a quarterly training calendar with 9 opportunities to attend. The program was developed with volunteers in mind. There are 9 total training sessions with 6 sessions during the evening hours from 1800 to 2100 hours and 3 sessions during the morning hours from 1000 to 1300 hours. The training site rotates every month to try to provide a central location for each of the departments located in a specific region of Laurens County.
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For more information contact:
Capt. Mike Sullivan
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