Emergency Medical Services
December Newsletter 2013
WE ARE STILL HERE AND PROUD TO SERVE!!
For those of you are renewing your certification this year we NEED a copy of your certification on file in the office for next year’s inspections. If you have had to renew your driver’s license we need that also!!
AEMT Class is going well and we have a very diverse class this year with many of them coming to the class with excellent medical knowledge. We are just beginning the Human Body and systems. If you need some good refreshers on how the body works and how you as an AEMT can make a difference this would be a good time to sit in on a few lectures. Dr. Shauna Kern will be lecturing on December 3rd at 1900 hours on Pathophysiology. Karen and Larry Larsen will also be helping with the class when we have Principles of Pharmacology on December 5th at 1900 hours and Administration of Medications on December 10th at 1900 hours. A class schedule is posted on the web site under upcoming events if you need those last minute hours.
We are having difficulties in communicating with dispatch about when ambulances are out-of-service. If you must place an ambulance out of service for any reason you should: This is improving but still needs to be a reminder.
1. Call your CREW CAPTAIN and give him or her a chance to find someone to take your call time if you cannot find someone first.
2. If you can’t get a hold of your crew captain please call Steven Smith at (620-381-3560) so that I can be sure that another ambulance service will be able to cover your area!!
3. If you can’t contact either of the two of us then you may call dispatch yourself. Dispatch doesn’t contact me or your crew captain to let us know that there is an ambulance out of service until after the page is made for a call in that area.
At the last QIP meeting there was discussion about planning an EMS appreciation dinner for all of our crews. It was agreed among those attending the meeting that summer was a poor scheduling time and that the winter months were better for more people to be able to attend. We tentatively discussed having the dinner at Tampa on December 7th and associate it with an AEMT training that was scheduled for that day. Due to my recent illness and all of the planned training events that occurred in October and November I have not been able to spend the required amount of time to organize this event. I would like to get a training put together for February 8th to include a full day of training for Marion County EMS, County Fire Districts and Departments, Law Enforcement and Emergency Management to train for a incident for a specific incident relevant to that area. After attending the training in Anniston from the Department of Preparedness I feel that we all could use a good training experience to better prepare us for the what if? As we discussed in the training in the middle of an event is not the time to be trading business cards and introducing what you can do for others.
If you are taking the time to read this please send me back an e-mail stating what you feel you need more training on and a good time for you to do this. Where are you located and what types of emergencies will most affect your community? Can you help with gathering donations from businesses for the EMS appreciation and is February a good date for you to attend 1900 hours to??? We are planning some fun games and would appreciate your attendance both at the training and the appreciation dinner.
Happy Thanksgiving to all EMS attendants and may we all be blessed with health and happiness in the coming year.
Kyle Isaac 12-02
Llyod Spencer 12/03
Brendan Bailey 12/08
Norma Horinek 12/09
Brandon Hurt 12/26
Mason McCarty 12/30
Thanks to each and every one of you for your dedication to your services and I look forward to the coming year knowing that once we finish the transition training we will be able to provide a better level of care to the residents of MARION COUNTY.