Scotland County EMS serves the towns of Laurinburg, Wagram, Gibson, East Laurinburg, Maxton, the community of Laurel Hill, and all rural areas of Scotland County with the only 24/7 ALS ambulance response in the entire county.

To finance its operations, the service is funded by the Scotland County Board of Commissioners through funds raised by local property taxes. The service also generates significant operating and capital revenue through fees charged to patients for services rendered, which is returned to the County's general fund in the form of revenue.

Service's Goal Defined

It is the goal of Scotland County EMS to provide anyone in our service area who falls victim to sudden injury or illness access to timely, professional, state-of-the-art care through every phase of the emergency incident. These phases include, lay person prevention and preparedness (CPR Training), notification of the incident (911 Call), notification of trained emergency responders (911 Dispatch), help rendered by bystanders, care delivered by trained pre-hospital providers (Paramedics), and transport (an ALS Ambulance) to the appropriate Hospital facility.

In order to meet the goal outlined above, the Service must work closely with local, state, and federal officials. This network must be capable of responding instantly and reliably around-the-clock with well-trained, well-equipped personnel linked through a strong, reliable communications system.

Principal Activities of the Service

In order to provide every one of our 400 plus patients per month with excellent care, Scotland County EMS dedicates much of its energies and funds to three priorities:


Scotland EMS provides monthly continuing education to it's employees as well as all other medical responders within the county. We believe this is "Key" in the ability to provide quality patient care. Department presentations are often provided upon request for a variety of organizations and agencies. Medics also attend outside training courses offered by NCOEMS and local Community Colleges.


We make every effort to keep and maintain the most current and reliable EMS equipment which will better help our medics provide "Excellent" patient care.  


Our service is dispatched by Scotland County Emergency Communications at the 911 Communication Center, located at:
1403 West Boulevard
Laurinburg, NC

The Service currently uses VHF radio system technology and VIPER 800 MHz frequencies. This allows field paramedics to talk instantly and reliably with physicians and nurses at the appropriate hospital. Patient medical data is also transmitted through modern wireless technology directly to receiving facilities prior to patient arrival. Scotland County EMS implemented Emergency Medical Dispatch on May1,1997 to more effectively aid the citizens of Scotland County during Medical Emergencies. The EMD service is delivered through the 911 PSAP, located at our 911 Communications Center. The Service uses standardized treatment protocols written by specialized emergency physicians, to assure every patient is treated in a uniform, consistent, appropriate manner.