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Arkansas Instructor Coordinator Society Retreat Recap

The Arkansas Instructor Coordinator Society held their yearly retreat in Little Rock on June 22, 2013. The Retreat brought national educators to Arkansas. NAEMSE Implementation of the National EMS Education Standards was designed to provide a framework upon which EMS Educators will build curricula and assessment based on the National EMS Education Standards. The transition to standards-based education is a process that begins with a clear understanding of what education standards are and how to develop benchmarks upon which curricula is designed and competency assessment measures are performed.

The workshop was designed to examine the standards themselves for clarity and understanding. Interactive sessions reviewed ways to develop curriculum, classroom activities and lessons that address the content of the standards in ways that enhance student learning. Lastly, the workshop addressed the manner in which student learning is assessed and measured from an outcome-based approach. This is essential for the accurate measurement of student proficiency according to the standards; and will present strategies through which an instructor will maintain accountability for student learning, and a system for continuous quality improvement.

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Spring Fling '13 Recap

Another Spring Fling has come and gone. If you were there, we certainly appreciated you and if you weren’t, we missed you.

We had several new events this year including an EMS Challenge, a Paramedic/EMT Competition, a First Responder Competition and a Bass Tournament. The EMS Challenge was a fun event that had the participants laughing at each other and with each other. The 1st place team were Mike Berry/Greg Russell, 2nd place team were Tony Lunsford/Justin Womack and 3rd place team were Scott Wiley/Thomas Fultz. All three teams were from Evergreen Packaging. There were no entries in the Paramedic/EMT Competition. The First Responder Competition winners were 1st place team Thomas Fultz/Scott Wiley, 2nd place team Bruce Henry/Kevin James, and 3rd place team Tony Lunsford/Justin Womack. These three teams were also from Evergreen Packaging. The Dumas Fire and Rescue taught an Extrication Class for everyone who competed in the EMS Challenge.

We had some really great lectures, good food (we feed approximately 75 Friday and Saturday), and lots of fun. Air Evac and Pafford Air Ambulance brought their helicopters for the participants to view and talk with the pilots. It was a fun time for all.

We want to thank everyone who helped make it a success this year through their help and donations; Dumas Ambulance Service, Ricky Helton’s Donut Shop, Donald Reed and his Camden crew, Pafford Air Ambulance Service and the crew, Dumas Fire Department, Evergreen Packaging, Fairfield Federal Credit Union and all the workers and vendors. Hope to see all of you at the Parade of Lights in Little Rock on May 22nd.

Ronald Russell, Region 5 Director
Penney Russell, Board Member at Large

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2013 Midwest First Responder Conference Recap

The Arkansas EMT Association was a sponsor of the 2013 Midwest First Responder Conference which was held February 22nd,23rd and 24th in Eureka Springs and put on by Eureka Springs Fire & EMS .The three day event included special attractions such as Dr. Todd Baker, author of Baghdad ER, and an overview of Joplin’s tornado response.  The hands-on classes featured items such as rope rescue, an overturned tractor and auto extrication.  Many relevant topics were covered including current drug overdose trends, violent encounters and modern equipment usage.   One of the highlights of the conference was a special two hour simulated school shooting response complete with a real school building and victim actors.  Fire service personnel were also treated to a confidence building obstacle course.

Coordinator Bob Pettus estimates that the conference attendance totaled just short of 150 people.  Based on the success of this year’s conference, ESFD has already begun work on the fourth annual Midwest First Responder Conference.  More information can be found on the Eureka Springs Fire & EMS website @ www.eurekaspringsfire.org.

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AEMTA EMS 2012 Photo Gallery

Here’s a photo album from this year’s EMS Conference in Hot Springs, Ark. Click the “Read Full Article” link to view the entire album. To enlarge an image, just click the thumbnail of that image.

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Vendor Hall Photo Gallery

Check out the photos from the vendor hall at the 2012 EMS Conference in Hot Springs, Ark. Thank you to all of our vendors and attendees who made the conference a big success.

New this year, Meet & Greet our vendors

New this year, Meet & Greet our vendors

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2012 Valsalva Bowl Photos

Here is a photo album of the winners of the AEMTA’s annual Valsalva Bowl competition which was held at the 2012 EMS Conference in Hot Springs.

2012 Paramedic Competition Photos

Here is a photo album of the winners of the AEMTA’s annual Paramedic Competition which was held at the 2012 EMS Conference in Hot Springs.

2012 Industrial EMT Competition Photos

Here is a photo album of the winners of the AEMTA’s annual Industrial EMT Competition which was held at the 2012 EMS Conference in Hot Springs.

2012 First Responder Competition

Here is a photo of the winners of the AEMTA’s annual First Responder Competition which was held at the 2012 EMS Conference in Hot Springs.

1st Place First Responder Competition

1st Place First Responder Competition

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Michael David Gault EMT# 20013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(April 14, 1979 – August 20, 2017)

Michael David Gault of Sheridan, Arkansas was born April 14, 1979 in Little Rock, Arkansas, the son of Jack W. Gault, Jr. and Deborah Lantz Gault. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with his precious children. He loved serving others as a paramedic which was his calling in life, helping others in their time of need.

Mr. Gault died Sunday, August 20, 2017 at his home at the age of 38.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Donald Lantz, his paternal grandfather, Jack Gault, Sr., a nephew, Jayden Gault, maternal great grandparents, Clay and Helen Aaron and his beloved cousin, Cary “Bubba” Spann.

Survivors: wife, Stacy Erin Gault; son, Jasper Gault; daughter, Lydia Gault, all of Traskwood; parents, Jack and Deborah (Debbie) Gault of Sheridan; brothers, Joey and wife Michelle Gault of Sheridan, Jason and wife Grace Gault of Haskell; sister, Michelle and husband Jason Rocha of Sheridan and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, co-workers and friends.

Visitation will be Thursday Aug 24th at the Memorial Garden Funeral home in Sheridan from 1pm to 2pm and the funeral immediately following.

 

2017 AEMTA Symposium & Trade Show Award Winners

Congratulations to all of the 2017 award winners!!

Valsalva Bowl Competition Awards

1st Place – Survival Flight

2nd Place – Green Bay

 3rd Place – Domtar

Primus Award Winner – Evergreen Packaging

First Responder Competition Awards

1st Place – Scott Wiley and Justin Womack

2nd Place – Sean Caruthers and James Maurek

First Responder Service of the Year Award – Evergreen Packaging

First Responder of the Year – Sean Caruthers

Fire/EMS Competition Award Winners

1st Place – Domtar

2nd Place – Jacksonville Fire

Fire/EMS Service of the Year – Jacksonville Fire

EMT Competition Award Winners

1st Place – Mike Berry and Tim Green

2nd Place – Mike Walters and Jackson Butler

3rd Place – Pete Schwartz and Hanna Schwartz

EMT of the Year – Jacob Hale

Industrial Competition Award Winners

1st Place – Shane Chandler and Marcus Pullen

2nd Place – Mike Berry and Tim Green

3rd Place – Jamie Paulette and Pete Schwartz.

Industrial EMT of the Year – Greg Russell

Fire/EMS EMT of the year – William McCullar

Paramedic Competition Award Winners

1st Place – Michael Salsbury and Teresa Walters – Pafford Air

2nd Place   Jacob Hale and Vanity Hull – Northstar EMS

3rd Place Johnathon Butler and Jackson Butler

Paramedic of the Year – Kevin Coffell

Instructor of the Year – Josh freeman

ALS & BLS Service of the Year – Pafford Medical Services, Hope

Air Medical Award of Excellence – Scott Endres, award excepted by his daughter (Ashley Endres) and son (Hunter Endres)

Air Medical Competition Award winners

1st place – Alex Halle and Tiffany Wilson

2nd place – Chris Starnes and Johnny Stoltzfus

3rd place – Lucy penny and Jeff Atkins

David Taylor Sr. Excellence in EMS Award – Keith Edmonds

Medical Directive Supervisor of the Year – Dr. Mike Hillis, Sebastian County EMS

Conference Chair Awards – T.A. Sampson, Kara Johnson and Sedley Tomlinson

President Award – Tonia Hale

EMS Hall of Fame  – Terri Bracy, Sedley Tomlinson and Darrel King

 

The Doug Deckard Family receives Line of Duty Death Benefit from American Income Life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April Chism (pictured right) receives a check from Sarah Duffrechou with American Income Life on behalf of Marilyn Deckard.

Doug Deckard was killed in the line of duty on April 30, 2017

Nathaniel Clark Crump EMT# 25077

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nathaniel Clark Crump, 30, of Beebe, Arkansas went to be with his Heavenly Father June 21, 2017. He was a 2005 graduate of Beebe High School. Nathaniel was a firefighter for the Little Rock Fire Dept. and a volunteer fireman for the Antioch Fire Department. He was a member of Mt. Zion Methodist Church.

Nathaniel is survived by his wife, Jessica Crump of Beebe; mother and stepfather Carol and Michael Westergren of Beebe; father and stepmother Steve and Gina Crump of Ozark, Missouri; father and mother-in-law Danny and Terri Schmitz of Beebe; two brothers, Caleb Crump and Peyton Crump; three sisters Tara James, Stephanie Leahey and Krista Davis; and grandmothers Barbara Webb, Lee Mills, Jenifer Hampton and Sandra Rye, all of Beebe.

Nathaniel has become a hero to many. His strength and courage were two of the many words that best describe him. His contagious smile will always be remembered.

Memorials may be made to the Antioch Fire Dept., 166 Jim Corbitt Rd., Beebe, AR 72012.

EMS WORLD EXPO October 16th – 20th, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marcus Lee White EMT# 2512

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marcus Lee White Sr. 90 of Lonsdale, Arkansas departed this life on June 11, 2017. He was born in Dallas, Texas on December 25, 1926. Marcus proudly served with the 11 Airborne Division in the Philippines during WWII. He was a 45 year veteran with the Little Rock Fire Dept. and 15 years with the Lonsdale Fire Department. Marcus was a member of the Hurricane Lake Baptist Church and lifelong Mason. He was a mentor and father figure to many.

Marcus was preceded in death by his parents, Malcom and Lora Bea White, sisters, Willie Bea and Delores and his oldest son, Marcus Lee White, Jr. and wife of 53 years, Hughgla Mae. He is survived by his two sons, his brother, Malcom E White Jr. and many nieces and nephews.

Special Thanks to the Little Rock Fire Dept. honor Guard. Pallbearers will be the Little Rock Fire Dept. Honor Guard. Honorary Pallbearers will be Rubin Webb, Don Kinney, Chuck Bowers, Dave Bentley, Floyd Burns, Johnny Reed, Larry Lowe and Doug Coney.

Visitation will be at Ashby Funeral Home, Thursday, 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Church services will be held 10 a.m. Friday at Hurricane Lake Baptist Church with Paul Lee and Larry Lowe officiating. Internment will follow at Ten Mile Cemetery. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com.

 

2017 AEMTA Parade of Lights and EMS Hall of Fame

Words from the AEMTA Chaplain “Falling into the rut of ritual”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In our life we can fall into the rut of ritual.  We wake up at the same time and get ready for the day.   We might turn on the news and see what’s happening around the world.  Then we eat a bite and out the door to work.  Every day it’s the same old thing.  If you think about it, it can become mundane, just plain boring.   I have noticed that I have some rituals in my life.   Let’s look a typical Sunday at my house.   I get up, have breakfast, and contact my Son or Daughter-in-law to check to see if the grandsons are going with Papaw to church.  Breakfast and a cup of coffee, out the door to pick up the boys then Sunday school.  That is followed by rushing them to Kid’s Rock and then into the sanctuary for musical praise and preaching.  Then the big discussion comes after the final amen when we decide where we are going to eat lunch.  A big ritual!  It could be scripted but every time we do something over and over it can become a ritual.  We go through the motions without thinking about the consequences.   When I read Exodus Moses was given a whole list of rituals in the wilderness.  It was the Mosaic Law.  It was all laid out for the Jewish people.  All they needed to do was follow that ritual and God would bless.  In the Old Testament, person after person tried to follow the law but they could never measure up.  God had a plan to shake up this world.   Go back to the beginning when it was simple; God would have a relationship with each person.  In Genesis 3: 8 we readAnd they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day:  God was in the garden walking and looking for his creation Adam and Eve.  The cool of the evening I believe would be the end of the day when our work is done.  God would simply drop by for a visit to commune with his people.  He wants to be in a friend relationship with you.  In Revelation 3:20 God says 20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 

Not rituals just open the door of your life and let him in, just think about a relationship with God, that’s all he wants.  Stay safe!

 

 

 

Scotty Douglas “Doug” Deckard – EMT#10699

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scotty Douglas “Doug” Deckard, 51, of Quitman, passed away Sunday, April 30, 2017. Born July 27, 1965 in Heber Springs to Richard Lee and Marilyn Martin Deckard, Doug, as he is known by everyone, was a communications dealer for Hyteria Radio.
Doug made his life as a public servant. Beginning his fire service career in 1981 at age 16 and becoming an EMT in 1986, he had served as Chief for the Quitman Fire Department, Director of Quitman EMS, and was the Chief of Cove Creek-Pearson Fire Department for the last several years. Doug also served as Constable of his township and Director of the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue. Doug also served on many communications and fire committees and board. Whenever someone needed something, Doug was there. Doug was also a member of the Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church since 1975.
Doug is survived by his mother, Marilyn Deckard; uncle Dale and Charlotte Deckard and Harmon Deckard; and his Cove Creek-Pearson Fire Department family and a host of many friends and other family.
He is preceded in death by his father, Richard Lee Deckard; paternal grandparents Carl and Zelmer Deckard; maternal grandparents George and Pearl Martin.
Visitation will be Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Quitman. Funeral Services will be Friday, May 5, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Quitman with Brother Darriel Ezell and Pastor Paige Gustin officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
Pall Bearers are Cove Creek Pearson Fire Department.

VITAL LINK EMS- FULL TIME PARAMEDIC POSTITIONS AVAILABLE

Vital Link EMS is a private, non-profit, public benefit corporation that provides emergency, non-emergency, and disaster response services to Independence, Izard, Stone, and northern Cleburne counties in north central Arkansas. Vital Link has been in operation since 1983 and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services since 2003. Vital Link has a competitive salary and benefits package.

The Paramedic will Restore and Promote patients health by administering life support and transport the sick and injured persons in the out-of-hospital setting as authorized by established medical protocol or physician; activating and collaborating with the emergency medical system multidisciplinary team; meeting CAAS accreditation standards; and working to assure the accomplishment of Vital Link goals. The Paramedic shifts will mainly be 48 hours on and 96 hours off.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

 High School or equivalency diploma.

 Arkansas Paramedic License; Nationally Registered Paramedic preferred.

 Current CPR and ACLS certification with the American Heart Association.

 Valid Arkansas Driver’s License.

 Motor Vehicle Operators record which complies with Vital Link standards.

 Must be 19 years of age.

 Demonstrated ability in teamwork, communication, writing, and relating skills

Go to www.vitallinkems.org to download application.

Submit applications to lgalligher@vitallinkems.org or mail applications to 1033 EMS

Drive, Batesville, AR. 72501.