County EMS Seeking More Employees

Laurens County Council this week approved a $5,000 campaign for the county’s EMS for recruitment and retention of employees. EMS Director Matt Pennington said his plan includes advertising for EMS staff to work 12-hour shifts, instead of the standard 24-hour shifts used for years for EMS. He said the plan is to convert four 24-hour positions into eight 12-hour positions.

Pennington indicated this plan contains advertising and marketing that includes appearance at a Myrtle Beach EMS event to showcase the new positions to EMTs from this region.

Administrator Jon Caime advised council that making this change for these positions may increase costs of benefits provided to the additional employees, but that there will also be savings from not having so much overtime pay as is involved with the 24-hour structure.

The request was unanimously approved by Council.

County Council also approved a Clinical Student Rotation agreement between Laurens County EMS and Piedmont Technical College.