Emergency Medical Services

Sampson County EMS is responsible for providing emergency care, treatment and transport throughout Sampson County.  Sampson County EMS provides paramedic level coverage for all of Sampson County.  We are supported by 6 Volunteer Rescue Squads and 3 volunteer fire medic units.

Sampson County EMS was formed in 1990 with 1 ambulance operating from 6 am to 6 pm at the EMT-Defibrillation level.  In April of 2002, SCEMS started providing emergency medical care at the EMT-Intermediate level which allowed us to be able to provide a more advanced airway along with additional drugs.  In May 2007, SCEMS started providing EMT-Paramedic care, which is the most advanced pre-hospital care allowed in North Carolina.  We operate under the direction of our Medical Director, Dr. Steven Kelley and our North Carolina Office of EMS approved treatment protocols. 

We respond to approximately 10,000+ calls for service annually with an average response time of around 11 minutes. We handle this call volume by operating 6 ambulances and 1 QRV (Quick Response Vehicle) from 6 am to 6 pm, and 5 ambulances and 3 QRVs from 6 pm to 6 am.  Our ambulances are staffed 24 hours a day with a Paramedic and an EMT-Intermediate. EMS employees work 24 hour rotating shifts for 3 days and end their rotation with a 4 day break. Continuous coverage is accomplished with 3 shifts that are overseen by a Paramedic Shift Supervisor. 

Our volunteer squads operate at either the EMT basic or the EMT-Intermediate level and assist the paid units predominately at night and on weekends.  Our volunteers are a valuable asset to our service and volunteers are always welcome. SCEMS has 46 full time employees.  Of those 46, 41 are assigned to ambulances and/or QRVs, and they are supported by an administrative staff of 3 shift supervisors, 1 Training Officer and an EMS Operations Chief.  We are a division of Sampson County Emergency Services which is overseen by our Emergency Management Director and Assistant Director.

It is our mission and goal that we will provide professional and prompt Emergency Medical care while constantly striving to remain a comprehensive, clinically sophisticated and compassionate EMS System.

EMS Careers Synopsis

Erick Herring, Chief
EMS Division Chief Erick Herring started his career off as a volunteer member with Roseboro Rescue and Salemburg FD 25 years ago and came to work with SCEMS part time in 1999.  In 2005 he was hired into his current position with SCEMS.  He is responsible for the daily operations of SCEMS as well as policies and procedures within the organization. 

Anthony Sessoms, Supervisor

A-Shift Supervisor Anthony Sessoms started his career as a Sampson County EMS Paramedic in 2005. He then served as a Field Training Officer for several years, and in 2018 he was promoted to A-Shift Supervisor. He is responsible for the daily operations of A-Shift as well as fleet maintenance.

Carrie Sessoms, Supervisor
B-Shift Supervisor Carrie Sessoms started her career as a Sampson County EMS Part-Time Paramedic in 2005. She then started as a Full- Time Paramedic in 2008 and in 2019 she was promoted to B-Shift Supervisor. She is responsible for the daily operations of B-Shift as well as the scheduling of SCEMS.

Scott Clemmo, Supervisor
C-Shift Supervisor Scott Clemmo has worked for various EMS agencies throughout his career and was hired full time with SCEMS in 2008.  He has risen through the ranks at SCEMS to his current position as C-shift Supervisor. He is responsible for the daily operations of C-Shift as well as the ordering of all supplies for SCEMS.

Kevin Hairr, Training Officer
Training Officer Kevin Hairr started his career as a volunteer fire and rescue member at Salemburg FD and Roseboro Rescue.  He was hired as a full time employee with SCEMS in 2005 and has risen through the ranks to his current position as Training Officer. He is responsible for all aspects of training and Quality Assurance.