The Orangeburg County Emergency Medical Services program is dedicated to providing out-of-hospital acute medical care and/or transport to definitive care to patients with illnesses and injuries.
- Phyiscal Address:
1558 Ellis AVE
- Mailing Address:
Orangeburg County EMS
P.O. Box 9000
Orangeburg, SC 29116
- Emergency Calls: 9-1-1
- Operations: (803) 533-6268
- Billing Inquiries: 1-800-533-3915
THE HISTORY OF OCEMS
Orangeburg County Emergency Medical Services came into existence in July of 1986. The service was started by its first director, John Smith, who at the time was also the Emergency Services Director for Orangeburg County. The first vehicles in the OCEMS fleet were 3 van-type ambulances, all operating out of one station which was located in the basement of the Orangeburg County courthouse.
As the volume of emergency calls increased and the demand for services across the expanse of Orangeburg County grew, the EMS division began working to meet the needs of the people. OCEMS opened two new substations in 1990 to better serve citizens, installing one in Santee and another in Neeses. In 1992, Orangeburg County hired its second EMS director in the form of Jimmy McMillan, who came to the County from the State of South Carolina's DHEC office. While under the direction of McMillan, the service moved from the basement of the courthouse to its next home in the County's former administration building on Doyle Street.
Orangeburg County hired Don Lundy to become its third EMS director in 1994. Lundy came to Orangeburg by way of Greenville County's EMS operation, and prior to that he had served as an EMS director in the state of Florida. During Lundy's tenure, EMS in Orangeburg County grew even more and moved into its current base of operations located on Ellis Avenue. Not long after this, a third substation was deployed in Holly Hill on Branchdale Highway to cover the eastern portion of Orangeburg County.
In 2000, Orangeburg County hired Danny Rivers, its fourth and current EMS Director. Under the direction of Rivers, the service has continued to grow, adding a sixth unit to the primary service line and having received permission to open a fifth substation in the Bowman area.
Orangeburg County EMS has positions for 43 full-time employees, and currently have 20 persons on the part-time roster. The service runs approximately 14,000 calls annually, with an average increase of 500 calls per year.