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February 6, 2002
Introduced by Reps. Huggins, Bingham, Edge, Frye, Koon, Riser and Sandifer
S. Printed 2/6/02--H.
Read the first time January 10, 2002.
To whom was referred a Bill (H. 4485) to amend Sections 25-1-420, 25-1-430, 23-49-20, 23-49-30, 23-49-60, 38-75-470, as amended, 44-61-30, as amended, 48-40-60, and 49-23-60, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the South Carolina Emergency Preparedness Division, etc., respectfully
That they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend that the same do pass:
JOE E. BROWN for Committee.
EXPLANATION OF IMPACT:
The Adjutant General's Office indicates there would be no fiscal impact on the General Fund of the State nor on federal and/or other funds.
Office of State Budget
TO AMEND SECTIONS 25-1-420, 25-1-430, 23-49-20, 23-49-30, 23-49-60, 38-75-470, AS AMENDED, 44-61-30, AS AMENDED, 48-40-60, AND 49-23-60, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS DIVISION, SO AS TO CHANGE THE NAME OF THE DIVISION TO THE "SOUTH CAROLINA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIVISION".
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 25-1-420 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 25-1-420. There is established within the office of the Adjutant General the South Carolina
Preparedness Emergency Management Division (Division).
The division shall be administered by a director appointed by the Adjutant General, to serve at his pleasure, and such additional staff as may be employed or appointed by the Adjutant General.
The division shall be responsible for the implementation of the following:
(a) Coordinating the efforts of all state, county, and municipal agencies and departments in developing a State Emergency Plan.
(b) Conducting a statewide preparedness program to assure the capability of state, county, and municipal governments to execute the State Emergency Plan.
(c) Establishing and maintaining a State Emergency Operations Center and providing support of the state emergency staff and work force.
(d) Establishing an effective system for reporting, analyzing, displaying, and disseminating emergency information."
SECTION 2. Section 25-1-430(c) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"(c) 'South Carolina Emergency
Preparedness Management (Civil Defense) Organization' shall mean all officers and employees of state government, county government, and municipal government, together with those volunteer forces enrolled to aid them in an emergency and persons who may by agreement or operation of law be charged with duties incident to protection of life and property of this State during emergencies."
SECTION 3. Section 23-49-20 of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 386 of 2000, is amended to read:
"Section 23-49-20. There is created the South Carolina Firefighter Mobilization Oversight Committee, to be comprised of the following persons: (1) the State Fire Marshal; (2) the State Emergency
Preparedness Management Division Director of the Adjutant General's Office; (3) the State Forester; (4) a county emergency preparedness management division coordinator appointed by the Governor upon consideration of the written recommendations of the Emergency Preparedness Management Association for a term of three years; and (5) six fire prevention and control personnel appointed by the Governor upon consideration of the written recommendations of the South Carolina State Firemen's Association for three-year terms, three of whom shall serve initial terms of two years, and three of whom shall serve initial terms of three years; thereafter, all fire prevention and control personnel shall serve three-year terms. The Executive Director of the South Carolina State Firemen's Association shall serve as an ex officio, nonvoting member of the committee."
SECTION 4. Section 23-49-30 of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 386 of 2000, is amended to read:
"Section 23-49-30. The State Fire Marshal shall serve as chairman and shall call meetings as often as he considers necessary or expedient. The State Emergency
Preparedness Management Division Director of Adjutant General's Office shall serve as vice chairman. Vacancies on the committee shall be filled in the manner of original appointment for the unexpired term."
SECTION 5. Section 23-49-60 of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 386 of 2000, is amended to read:
"Section 23-49-60. (A) The South Carolina Firefighter Mobilization Oversight Committee shall (1) develop procedures and guidelines for dispatching and deploying rural and municipal fire and rescue resources, and (2) establish a system of regions in the State for managing fire and rescue emergencies utilizing an incident command system.
(B) The committee shall develop a Firefighter Mobilization Mutual Aid Agreement and, with the assistance from the offices of the State Fire Marshal and State Emergency
Preparedness Management Director of the Adjutant General's Office, secure local governments' and other states' participation in the agreement.
(C) In order to receive fire and rescue resources under the South Carolina Firefighter Mobilization Plan, each county and municipality in the State must sign a mutual aid agreement. Other participating states must sign a mutual aid agreement with the State Emergency
Preparedness Management Division of the Adjutant General's Office in order to receive the same, or similar, fire and rescue resources."
SECTION 6. Section 38-75-470(10) of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 312 of 2000, is amended to read:
"(10) one representative from the South Carolina Emergency
Preparedness Management Division;"
SECTION 7. Section 44-61-30(c) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 263 of 1996, is further amended to read:
"(c) An Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council must be established composed of representatives of the Department of Health and Environmental Control, the South Carolina Medical Association, the South Carolina Committee on Trauma, the South Carolina Hospital Association, the South Carolina Heart Association, Medical University of South Carolina, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, South Carolina College of Emergency Physicians, South Carolina Emergency Nurses Association, Emergency
Preparedness Management Division of the Office of the Adjutant General, South Carolina Emergency Medical Services Association, State Board For Technical and Comprehensive Education, Governor's Office of Highway Safety, Department of Health and Human Services, four regional Emergency Medical Services councils, and one EMT first responder agency. Membership on the council must be by appointment by the board. Three members of the advisory council must be members of organized rescue squads operating in this State, three members shall represent the private emergency services systems, and three members shall represent the county emergency medical services systems."
SECTION 8. Section 48-40-60(B) of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 100 of 1999, is amended to read:
"(B) This emergency reserve fund must be administered by the office in consultation with the State Emergency
Preparedness Management Division and impacted municipal, county, and federal officials."
SECTION 9. Section 49-23-60(A)(1) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 366 of 2000, is further amended to read:
"(1) a statewide committee composed of the following state agencies: South Carolina Emergency
Preparedness Management Division of the Office of the Adjutant General, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Department of Agriculture, South Carolina Forestry Commission, and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources;"
SECTION 10. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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