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Your call is answered by a trained telecommunicator assigned to gather your information, initiate an appropriate response and provide instructions on how you can help before the ambulance arrives. The call will last approximately two minutes or until the ambulance arrives.
In Georgetown County, an ambulance is staffed by a certified paramedic and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). In some cases, where additional assistance is needed, "first responders" from Georgetown County Fire/EMS who have medical training will also respond.
Most of the firefighters that work on an engine are also cross trained as EMTs. We send a fire engine to provide initial patient care until the ambulance arrives on scene.
Georgetown County Fire/EMS does not charge when a fire truck comes to your house. However, when an ambulance responds to a call and the crew member provide patient care and transports a patient to the hospital, the patient will receive a bill for the care he or she received.
Contact the office at the fire station in your area. We will be more than happy to perform a free home inspection, or install smoke detectors or fire extinguishers in your home also.