About EMS

The College of Charleston Emergency Medical Service exists for the purpose of providing emergency medical care and transport, without charge, to College of Charleston students, faculty, staff, and surrounding community.

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.Ambulance 1702 Image

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. CofC EMS works closely alongside Charleston County EMS, providing mutual aid in the downtown area when requested. 

At present, the unit is comprised of student volunteers certified as South Carolina EMT-Basics. CofC EMS volunteers are inservice from 5pm-7am every day. Daytime campus EMS coverage is provided by other CofC staff members who are also certified at the EMT-B level. ALS back-up is provided by Charleston County EMS if needed.

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 and teaching CPR classes on campus. 

Reference our Facebook (CofC Fire and EMS) or Instagram (@cofcems) pages for more recent information 

Awards and Honors

  • 2020 National Collegiate EMS BLS Skills Classic 3rd place 
  • 2014 National Collegiate EMS Organization of the Year
  • 2014 NCEMSF Striving for Excellence Recipient
  • 2011 NCEMSF Striving for Excellence Recipient