On behalf of the Richland County Board of Supervisors, management staff and members of the Richland County Ambulance Service I would like to welcome you.
The Richland County Ambulance Service has provided pre-hospital emergency care for 40 years and takes pride in the fact we are a volunteer service. We are driven by a commitment we have made to our community to serve in their time of need.
Often the question is asked “what does it take to be an EMT”? There are many different answers to this question, but really it takes two things; a strong mind and a giving heart. EMS is not for everyone and without the heart to serve your fellow man it will be difficult to succeed in EMS. On the other hand there are a lot of people that would make great EMTs, but are afraid to take the first step and commit themselves to a life of service. Yes, the education is intense and the time involved is significant, but it is very rewarding to be called an “EMT”.
If you choose to become an EMT a whole new world will open up. You will interact with people at one of the worst times of their life and the decisions you make can have a positive impact on them. You can bring peace into chaos and comfort during sorrow. Everything you say and do can change the course of the situation. The final outcome is out of your control, but any negatives of the final outcome can be lessened by your acts of compassion and professionalism.
We are always looking for new members, so feel free to stop in anytime. We will be glad to take the time to answer any questions you have about our squad and EMS.
Darin Gudgeon, EMS Director