Established in 1995, the College of Charleston EMS began as the vision of a lone first responder recognizing the need to assist Charleston County EMS in providing emergency medical coverage to the College of Charleston campus. In 2010 the College of Charleston Fire and EMS became the first volunteer campus EMS organization to be licensed by SC DHEC as an EMT First Response organization.
During the Summer of 2011 the College of Charleston EMS obtained an ambulance from the Medical University of South Carolina and earned licensure as a transporting Ambulance Service with SC DHEC. Basic-level transportation is now provided free of charge to all College of Charleston students, faculty, and staff. All other requests for service, including advanced life support, are provided by Charleston County EMS.
At present, the unit is comprised of approximately 30 volunteers, certified as South Carolina EMT-Basics, EMT-Intermediates, or Paramedics. The College of Charleston EMS is in service from 5pm to 8am during the regular academic year. First responder coverage is provided by College of Charleston fire inspectors at all other times. ALS and back-up are provided by Charleston County EMS.
In addition to providing medical care, the College of Charleston EMS is also involved in several campus initiatives, including being heavily involved in the placement of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) throughout the campus.