Lexington County Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
Lexington County EMS was first organized in 1974 with 16 employees working 24-hour shifts on a total of four ambulances.
Today the service employs over 100 full and part-time employees working 12-hour shifts on up to fourteen ambulances, answering over 30,000 calls per year. The staff includes the EMS Coordinator, Assistant Chief, Training Officer, four a.m. and four p.m. Shift Supervisors covering two regions, a Logistics Officer, Administrative Assistant and Billing Clerk. The ambulances are staffed with Senior Paramedics, Paramedics, EMT-Intermediates or Emergency Medical Technicians.
Up to 11 ambulances are available throughout a 24-hour day, with up to 3 additional 12-hour peak-time units available during the busiest times of the day. In addition, personnel in Quick Response Vehicles (QRV's), Fire Service rescue vehicles, and a firefighter/medic unit provide advanced level care, first response and Automated External Defibrillator capability when ambulances are far from the scene. Units are dispatched to over 30,000 responses annually by a 911 computer-aided-dispatch center using Automatic Vehicle Locators and staffed by Emergency Medical Dispatchers.
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