About Us


Jackson First Alert (JFARS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit rescue squad located in Jackson, South Carolina.

Jackson First Alert Team, as it was originally named was enacted in 1979, responded from members homes and front yards. In 1980 a charter was received from the Secretary of State declaring Jackson First Alert an eleemosynary corporation. The town of Jackson donated an old police car for members to respond to emergency calls. In 1982, we began operating as a full-fledged ambulance service when we acquired the first ambulance. In 1992, we acquired land and built a station from which we still reside in as of today. We are staffed by volunteers and full time employees, who donate their time and expertise to provide Emergency Medical Care to the citizens. In addition to providing EMS care for our local community, we provide assistance to Aiken County EMS and provide medical coverage for numerous events across the county. Jackson First Alert is a proud supporter of the United Way.

Jackson First Alert currently operates two ambulances. Ambulances are equipped to provide Advanced Life Support. 

Jackson First Alert provides its members with continuing education approved by the South Carolina DHEC Bureau of EMS meeting the National Registry of EMTs guidelines for the Paramedic level. In addition, Basic Life Support Courses (CPR), Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Suport Courses are offered to members on an annual basis. 

Jackson First Alert operates through donations and billing for services rendered. Jackson First Alert utilizes an outsourced ambulance billing company. 

Founding Members


Tabitha Pinto

Assistant Director

Michael Whitmer


Sharon Tingle

Compliance Officer

Position Open

Logistics Manager

Jennifer Grant


Stephen Ferguson

Training Officer/Paramedic

Christie Osbon