Emergency Medical Services
Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services operates 7 paramedic ambulances based out of 4 EMS stations in Spindale, Lake Lure, Bostic and Caroleen. Along with the ambulance crews, a 24/7 quick response vehicle is based out of the Spindale Station, along with several other administrative QRV's. The 24/7 QRV is operated by the shift supervisor who responds to high-acuity calls along with providing back up in the times were system resources are taxed. Several non-emergency ambulances are also used Monday-Friday for non-emergency transports. Rutherford County EMS employs 56 full time employees and approximately 20 part time employees and operates on 12 hour shifts (Pitman schedule). Our service area consists of the entire 564 square mile area of the county and a population of approximately 68,000. EMS responds to approximately 13,000 emergency calls per year. As the primary EMS provider for the citizens and visitors of Rutherford County, RCEMS strives to improve care through quality improvement. The Rutherford County EMS System conducts quarterly meetings of it Quality Management Committee which consists of representatives from all agencies that provide emergency care within the county. These agencies includes the 911 center, rescue squads, EMS, first responders and the hospital.
- Purchase of new, state of the art cardiac monitors with the latest technology and capabilities to assist the medics in providing the highest quality of care.
- Purchase of new Lucas devices (automatic CPR machines) to aid in the critical care of cardiac arrest patients in a rural community.
Important Fact: Many transports are defined as “medically necessary” for ambulance transportation, determination for medical necessity is obviously determined by Medicare, Medicaid, and insurance providers but our experienced staff are very knowledgeable in requirements for meeting “medical necessity” and can assist you any time that you may have a question. Our department will assist you in obtaining proper documents required for determining eligibility for non-emergency transportation.