WILLIAMSTON, SC — Rescue Squads in Anderson County can now be fined for answering emergency calls outside their service areas. The director of the county’s Emergency Medical Services division says the move is meant to discourage ambulance providers and citizens from circumventing 911.
“The 911 system is in place for a reason,” says Scott Stoller, director of EMS & Special Operations. “When a citizen calls 911 with an emergency, dispatchers are going to send the closest available unit. But that’s not possible when that unit is responding to a personal call from someone that lives in another town. So then we’d have to send a back-up unit. And that could delay treatment for the heart attack or whatever the condition of the emergency.”