We are here to serve the communities of Southeast Shelby County.

Columbiana, Fourmile, Kingdom, Shelby, Summer Hill, & Wilsonville

What We Do

Southeast Shelby Emergency Medical Service’s ALS vehicles are staffed at the advanced life support level. Our ALS ambulances are operated by highly skilled and trained staff and carry the necessary medical equipment required to stabilize, treat, and transport patients to a hospital emergency department, cath lab, or trauma center.


  • 1982 Organization was started
  • 2006 Started staffing 8-5 Monday-Friday in Columbiana  
  • 2011 Started transporting Patients and Staff 24/7 (1 truck)
  • 2013 Started Rescue 1 (R-1) 24/7 in the Montevallo area (1 truck)
  • 2016 Started to staff a SECOND Unit in Columbiana 12 hours a day
  • 2018 Reduced Columbiana From 12 Hours to 9am to 6pm Monday-Saturday (due to COST)
  •  SESCR Responded to 2,472 9-1-1 calls from Columbiana area in 2020,

of those SESCR Transported 1,180 patients.

  • SESCR Responded to 1,997 9-1-1 calls in R-1 area (Montevallo) in 2020, 

of those SESCR Transported 789 patients.

Emergency Medical Response

Response by specially trained personnel to provide out-of-hospital care in medical emergencies.

Advanced Life Support

Advanced Life Support (ALS) is a set of life-saving protocols and skills that extend beyond Basic Life Support (BLS). It is used to provide urgent treatment to cardiac emergencies such as cardiac arrest, stroke, myocardial infarction, and other conditions.

ALS is one of the vital steps in the American Heart Association’s Chain of Survival.

REF: Zoll Medical  Corporatation

Response to motor vehicle crashes

We respond to motor vehicle crashes with tools  and equipment that are specifically for extricating trapped patients.

Our personnel are cross trained in vehicle extrication and emergency medical care.

Emergency Transport

Ambulance transportation with continued care from the scene to the appropriate emergency medical care facility (i.e. hospital emergency department, cath lab, stroke or trauma center.

January 2021 Special Election

Check back often. Information is being updated regularly.

Update: Post Election Results

Although we are disappointed in the outcome the Emergency Medical System district vote, we would like to take a moment to thank each of you for your assistance in this effort, and for the tremendous display of our local democratic process in action.

We have received a great deal of positive and negative feedback since announcing the plans for the Southeast Shelby Rescue District and we value the input of all of those in the community.  It is apparent that a large number of you want to support Southeast Shelby Rescue in our continuing efforts to provide our citizens Emergency Medical Services as well as Emergency Transport.  Even more so, we are humbled and excited to see the support that so many have pledged they are willing to provide as we remain steadfast in our unwavering commitment to provide the best possible Emergency Medical and Transport services to our citizens.

Many have voiced their concern that they were unaware of the need of funding.  As so many are aware, medical costs have continued to grow exponentially over the last decade, with little end in sight.  Community support is key to providing the lifesaving services provided by Southeast Shelby Emergency Rescue.  We recognize that community engagement must become a priority moving forward.  Most of us never have to think about the cost of emergency medical services or transport to the hospital etc. Southeast Shelby Rescue will take responsibility for this issue and attempt to inform and educate each of you as to the state of the finances and need within the community.  Many have requested the ability to donate in different more modern ways.  Southeast Shelby will be exploring what options are available to make it as easy as possible for the community to show their support financially -and in turn allow us to support members of the community in their most dire times.

For some, the financial condition and management of the company has become a key talking point.  We will continue, as we have been already, to be transparent to our community and the general public at large.  In many cases, those who have had questions have come to us directly, and we have been able to alleviate any concerns they had.  We stand in complete encouragement of the community to hold all organizations and elected officials accountable to their constituents.

Changes in the Economy, Healthcare Marketplace restrictions, Opioid Crisis, Pandemic and many challenges beyond our control have taken a toll and continue to put a significant strain on our resources. In the end, while Southeast Shelby Rescue provides essential lifesaving services, it is still a business with expenses.  We understand that everyone is impacted by the ever changing national economic and health situations, and their own individual struggles.  It is for that reason it is even more important now than ever before that we all recognize as a community that we must all shoulder a part of the burden so that those most at risk and more disadvantaged in our community can have the lifesaving support provided by Southeast Shelby Emergency Rescue in their time of need.  It is a difficult reality to face, but one that we must face head-on.  The overall demographic of our community is one that is more likely to need some sort of Emergency Service. The thought to create a district for the community was to allow for citizen input and ownership not cause dissention amongst neighbors.  Financial issues are a fact for everyone but a solution for funding for this essential service is needed sooner than later.  All ideas suggested for increasing income will be considered and we continue to welcome input and assistance from you.  

A lot was learned during this process.  First and foremost, our goal is to continue providing exceptional EMS care to our community.  We will be formulating a plan to utilize offers for fund raising and volunteer response.  This will require a huge response from all of us.  We, the citizens of Shelby County, all pay for services we may never use (education taxes, rural wireless/internet access, home insurance, auto insurance etc.), the same is true of Fire/Emergency Medical Services.  No one wants to EVER need these services but knowing it is available, staffed and equipped for the time we DO need them is priceless. 

Since 1982, Southeast Shelby Rescue has provided Emergency Medical Services to the best of our abilities. While there is no doubt emergency response as well as response times may be impacted with the resulting vote, we will continue as always to serve this community to the best of our ability.  The budget is being reviewed and every avenue will be investigated to insure continued operation.  Times and needs have changed but our goal remains the same.

When is the election?

January 26, 2021

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Where is the election being held?

Shelby County Exhibition Center

86 Argo Road

Columbiana, AL 35051 

Who can vote?

All registered voters that are registered to an address within the proposed district boundaries.

Proposed Interim Trustees

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Chuck Payne

–  Mike Gannon

Chris Peters

Mike Scroggins

Mindy Nash

Why is the election being held?

 The election is being held to determine if the registered voters within the proposed boundaries wish to establish an Emergency Medical Services District. This district would provide funding for the agency to improve  current emergency medical services and transport to the residents of the newly formed district. This election also approves the service charge schedule and the Interim Trustees.

What questions will be on the ballot?

Each of the following will be answered as [] Yes  or  [] No, on the ballot.


  1. Shall there be formed the Southeast Shelby Emergency Medical Services District?                           
  2. Shall the service charge schedule of the Southeast Shelby Emergency Medical Services District, as proposed and advertised in the Shelby County Reporter, be approved and adopted?
  3. Shall the following named individuals: Chuck Payne, Mike Gannon, Chris Peters, Mike Scroggins, and Mindy Nash be elected as Interim Trustees of the Southeast Shelby Emergency Medical Services District to serve until an election can be held in accordance with the applicable provisions of Act No. 62 of the 1977 First Special Session, as amended by Act No. 79-369, Acts of Alabama, and as further amended by Act No. 82-663, Acts of Alabama, and again amended by Act No. 99-245, Acts of Alabama?

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January 7, 2021 -1:00 p.m.- South Shelby Baptist Church-Shelby
January 7, 2021- 6:00 p.m.- South Shelby Baptist Church-Shelby
January 12, 2021- 6:00 p.m. Risen Life Church-Columbiana
January 14, 2021 6:00 p.m.- Wilsonville Baptist Church-Wilsonville
 Financial Statements
 Income Statements
 Non-paying write offs from failed billing
 Payroll
 Expenses for the past two (2) years
 Fee schedule for dues
 Plan for future if district passes
 What to expect if the district doesn’t pass

Frequently Asked Questions

No, Board members are not paid in any capacity.

Officers will handle day to day operations, while the Board will have complete oversight and financial control.

Currently all fire departments in Shelby County have a mutual aide agreement. We are not soliciting any other areas and will address any area that is not contracted with SESCR.

False. Page 5 line D and page 6 line J, anyone may request in person with no attorney needed.

No, it is protected by LAW Act 99-245 page 16 Section 13, without a general election the board may only raise fees 5 percent and no more.

No, just residences (you can have all the chicken coops or barns you would like).

No, but through mutual aide agreements we can guarantee service a majority of the time. This Proposed District will help ensure better response times now and in the future for generations to come.

Licenses, skills, medications, experience, education, expenses, etc.

No, it is set by Alabama State Law Act 62 and Act 99-245.

By State Law, polling locations are determined by the Probate Judge, who chose a central open location.

Hunting and recreational accidents are very time and equipment extensive.

6- Full-time EMT Paramedics

2- Full-time EMT Basics

32- Part-time employees

$1.3 million in equipment from various sources.