Scotland County EMS serves the towns of Laurinburg, Wagram, Gibson, East Laurinburg, Maxton, the community of Laurel Hill, and all rural areas of Scotland County with the only 24/7 ALS ambulance response in the entire county.
To finance its operations, the service is funded by the Scotland County Board of Commissioners through funds raised by local property taxes. The service also generates significant operating and capital revenue through fees charged to patients for services rendered, which is returned to the County's general fund in the form of revenue.
Service's Goal Defined
It is the goal of Scotland County EMS to provide anyone in our service area who falls victim to sudden injury or illness, at any time or location; to receive timely, professional, state-of-the-art care through every phase of the emergency incident. These phases of the emergency incident include lay person prevention and preparedness, occurrence of the incident, detection of the incident, notification of trained emergency responders, help rendered by bystanders, help given by trained pre-hospital providers, transport to the appropriate Hospital facility and, if necessary, admission to that hospital or transfer to a facility providing a higher level of care.
In order to meet the goal outlined above, the Service must work closely with local, state, and federal officials; with fire and rescue departments; with other ambulance providers, hospitals, and other agencies to foster a smooth functioning network. This network must be capable of responding instantly and reliably around-the-clock with well-trained, well-equipped personnel linked as needed through a strong communications system.
Principal Activities of the Service
In order to provide every one of our 400 plus patients per month with excellent care, Scotland County EMS dedicates much of its energies and funds to three priorities:
The continuous upgrading and maintenance of the training of its EMT's, EMT-I's and EMT-P's, as well as all levels of teaching of the public of such basic but essential skills as CPR. Department presentations are often provided upon request for a variety of organizations and agencies. The Service strives to provide all its employees with the opportunity for retraining and supplemental education each year, though recent budget restrictions have made that process more difficult to achieve. Medics also attend outside training courses offered by NCOEMS and local Community Colleges.
We strive for the procurement of the most current and reliable EMS equipment affordable within budget restrictions , including vehicles and defibrillators (a modern ambulance may now costs some 130,00 - $220,00 while the latest defibrillator / monitor device on the market now cost around $30,000).
Our service is dispatched by Scotland County telecommunicators at the 911 Communication Center, located at 1403 West Blvd., Laurinburg, NC. The Service currently uses VHF radio system technology and 800 MHz frequencies. This allows field paramedics to talk instantly and reliably with physicians and nurses at the appropriate hospital. Patient medical data is also transmitted through modern wireless technology directly to receiving facilities prior to patient arrival. Scotland County EMS implemented Emergency Medical Dispatch on May1,1997 to better aid the citizens of Scotland County effectively during Medical Emergencies. The EMD service is delivered through the 911 PSAP, now housed at the Consolidated 911 Communications Center next door. The Service uses standardized treatment protocols written by specialized emergency physicians, to assure every patient is treated in a uniform, consistent, up-to-date manner.