If the goal of any government is improving the outcomes for its residents, then Abbeville County Emergency Management Director David Porter's Community Paramedic Program is designed to do just that.
The program, begun in 2013, figures to be one of the cornerstones for Abbeville County's efforts for the foreseeable future. The cutting edge program — the first of its kind in South Carolina — transitions paramedics from reacting to emergency calls to preventing them in the first place.
"The goal isn't to prevent that 911 call," Porter said. "It's to prevent the traumatic event that leads to that call, especially with chronic illnesses where education can play a role."

Abbeville County Director Bruce Cooley pointed to the program as one that received well-earned recognition.
"It has been a very good program and has attracted quite a bit of positive press for Abbeville County in various publications," Cooley said.
The physical well-being of its residents also dovetails with the residents’ economic well-being. Abbeville County is pinning its economic hopes on a more than $1 million industrial incubator building. The building, spearheaded by Abbeville County Economic Development Director Steve Bowles, will be used as a support service for startup businesses.
"The majority, the $1 million, comes from the (Economic Development Agency) grant the county received," Bowles said. "The rest, about $375,000, will come from the board's infrastructure fund."
The building is slated for significant completion in 2014.