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Words from the Chaplain

A few nights ago we had a thunderstorm pass overhead with lots of wind and thunder.  This storm was not any different than other storms we see in Arkansas this time of the year.   The storm passed and as my wife sit in the comfort of our home we heard a very loud pop. The power went out.  The pop was more like a gunshot than that of a lighting strike. I have experienced that in July 2, 1994 when lighting struck our home in Jonesboro causing a small fire and mortally wounding several electrical appliances.  Tonight was different!  We both moved from our Lazy boy recliners to the back yard to investigate this source of this blast.  I found my two yard dogs very happy to see me.  You see they don’t like fireworks that the local football team shot off after each touchdown at the stadium about a mile away.  They were shaken.  I took out my cell phone and used my Entergy application I reported the outage.  I then saw my northern neighbor in her back yard looking up at the transformer on the power pole in our back yard.  Being a good neighbor I spoke to her.  She had heard the same sound and went to investigate.  As we peered through the tree limbs that blocked a clear view of the transformer and line fuse, I saw the reason for our outage, a blown fuse as it dangled from its appointed place.  At that time Entergy texted me that the outage was reported and that 6 of my neighbors were without power but it would be restored by 11 pm.  It was only 7 pm what was I going to do until the power cam on?

For a few minutes my wife and I talked with the northern neighbor, about kids, travels, and her son working to raise money for a bike.  I had noticed the remnants of a vine that had been growing on the top of our fence was on the ground in her backyard.  At first I thought maybe the shorting out powerline had blown the vine off the fence but she explained that her son had removed it to earn money and beautify the yard.  This vine was only a small part of a greater vine that grew in my back yard.  It started as a little sprout and unchecked it did what vines do, it climbed up the pole.  Climbing higher and higher it reached its goal of the top of the pole.  That’s where this story began.  That vine.  I had reported to Entergy a few months before and received a visit from a very safety conscious Entergy lineman.  He had told me to leave the vine along don’t cut or pull it down as it was in contact with the lines above and could cause me harm.  I stayed away and the vine grew.  That is like sin in our lives.  It starts small but it grows and grows.  If we don’t repent of our sins and ask God to help us remove that sin, it grows.  Until it reaches its goal of cutting us off from God’s power.  King Solomon explained in the second chapter verse number 15: Take us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.”

In the New Testament Jesus said in John 15:5: “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

How is your relationship with God?  Has sin creeped into your life?  Remove that vine (sin) from your life.  God will be there to give you power to bring forth fruit.  How do I remove that sin?  It easy, just ask God.  Stay safe!

K C Jones, NRP, NCEE
429 Skyline Dr
Harrison, AR 72601
870-688-3595

Announcements

2013 Vendor Hall Wall of Memories
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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Robert Aaron Barker – EMR

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Robert Aaron Barker, age 26 of McCrory, passed away Thursday morning, September 15, 2016. Robert Aaron Barker was born on January 9, 1990 in Memphis, TN to Stacy & Peggy (Roberson) Barker. Aaron married Megan Green on October 17, 2015.

Aaron was a Patrolman for the McCrory Police Department and was responding to a call when he left us. He also worked part time for the Woodruff County Sheriff’s Department and the Augusta Police Department. He was a Volunteer Firefighter for McCrory. As a McCrory Native, Aaron attended the McCrory School District where he was extremely involved in the schools athletics program. He continued to support the McCrory Jaguars after graduating in 2008 by attending several games. He loved to duck & deer hunt every year. Aaron enjoyed riding back roads with friends just listening to music and making jokes. He loved watching the Razorbacks play football on Saturdays with his wife Megan and family & friends. Aaron was a member of the First Baptist Church of McCrory where he was baptized at an early age. Aaron was known for his beautiful smile and loving demeanor. He loved his job more than life itself and was always prepared to give the ultimate sacrifice to keep his hometown safe.

Aaron is preceded in death by his father, Stacy Barker; grandfather, Henry Barker; grandparents, Leroy & Agnes Roberson; Great-grandparents, Robert & Alma Taylor; uncle, Jess Barker. He is survived by his wife, Megan Barker; mother, Peggy Barker of McCrory; sister, Amanda Barker of McCrory; grandmother, Sarah Barker of Patterson; uncles, Luther Barker, Bubba Roberson, Ronnie Roberson; aunts, Nancy Riley, Sandra Hoots, Carla Bryant; host of cousins, nieces, nephews, family & friends.

Visitation is Monday, September 19, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. at Rhodes & Son Funeral Home, McCrory. Funeral Service is Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the McCrory High School Gym. Burial will follow at Fisher Cemetery in Fisher, Arkansas. Arrangements by Rhodes & Son Funeral Home, Augusta & McCrory.

Pallbearers are Joe Hicks, Will Baker, Joseph Crossett, Garret Harrison, Trevor Little & Matthew Roberson. Honorary Pallbearers are all of the Woodruff County Sheriffs Deputies, McCrory Police Department, Augusta Police Department, Patterson Police Department, Charles Roberson, Kyle Jones, William Jones, Lee Jones & Zach Green.

Arkansas Department of Health -MEMORANDUM

TO: EMS Providers

FROM: Arron Paduaevans – EMS Section Chief

DATE: September 6, 2016

RE: Meeting

There will be a meeting on September 26, 2016 at the Section of EMS.   It will be from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm in Room 801 at Freeway Medical Building 5800 West 10th Street, Little Rock.  This discussion will be to finalize the under Section V of the current Rules and Regulations.  We will also include adding a section about a Tier Response for emergency runs.  All are welcome and encouraged to come and participate in this next step of Rules and Regulations update.

Call in option:

USA Toll-Free: (877)810-9415
USA Caller Paid/International Toll: (636)651-3185
ACCESS CODE: 2591975 HOST PASSWORD: 8730

 

Words from the Chaplain

A few nights ago we had a thunderstorm pass overhead with lots of wind and thunder.  This storm was not any different than other storms we see in Arkansas this time of the year.   The storm passed and as my wife sit in the comfort of our home we heard a very loud pop. The power went out.  The pop was more like a gunshot than that of a lighting strike. I have experienced that in July 2, 1994 when lighting struck our home in Jonesboro causing a small fire and mortally wounding several electrical appliances.  Tonight was different!  We both moved from our Lazy boy recliners to the back yard to investigate this source of this blast.  I found my two yard dogs very happy to see me.  You see they don’t like fireworks that the local football team shot off after each touchdown at the stadium about a mile away.  They were shaken.  I took out my cell phone and used my Entergy application I reported the outage.  I then saw my northern neighbor in her back yard looking up at the transformer on the power pole in our back yard.  Being a good neighbor I spoke to her.  She had heard the same sound and went to investigate.  As we peered through the tree limbs that blocked a clear view of the transformer and line fuse, I saw the reason for our outage, a blown fuse as it dangled from its appointed place.  At that time Entergy texted me that the outage was reported and that 6 of my neighbors were without power but it would be restored by 11 pm.  It was only 7 pm what was I going to do until the power cam on?

For a few minutes my wife and I talked with the northern neighbor, about kids, travels, and her son working to raise money for a bike.  I had noticed the remnants of a vine that had been growing on the top of our fence was on the ground in her backyard.  At first I thought maybe the shorting out powerline had blown the vine off the fence but she explained that her son had removed it to earn money and beautify the yard.  This vine was only a small part of a greater vine that grew in my back yard.  It started as a little sprout and unchecked it did what vines do, it climbed up the pole.  Climbing higher and higher it reached its goal of the top of the pole.  That’s where this story began.  That vine.  I had reported to Entergy a few months before and received a visit from a very safety conscious Entergy lineman.  He had told me to leave the vine along don’t cut or pull it down as it was in contact with the lines above and could cause me harm.  I stayed away and the vine grew.  That is like sin in our lives.  It starts small but it grows and grows.  If we don’t repent of our sins and ask God to help us remove that sin, it grows.  Until it reaches its goal of cutting us off from God’s power.  King Solomon explained in the second chapter verse number 15: Take us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.”

In the New Testament Jesus said in John 15:5: “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

How is your relationship with God?  Has sin creeped into your life?  Remove that vine (sin) from your life.  God will be there to give you power to bring forth fruit.  How do I remove that sin?  It easy, just ask God.  Stay safe!

K C Jones, NRP, NCEE
429 Skyline Dr
Harrison, AR 72601
870-688-3595

EMS WORLD EXPO- The Most Cutting-Edge Education Available

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EMS World Expo offers more dynamic education focusing on the future of EMS than any other industry conference. An extensive conference program featuring 140+ CEU-certified sessions across 8 tracks, EMS World Expo is led by over 100 of the industry’s top experts to ensure you have the skills and solutions you need to improve the patient care you deliver in an ever-changing healthcare system.

Video: http://www.emsworldexpo.com/#!education/ihxft

To view the conference program, speaker lineup and schedule of events visit:http://www.emsworldexpo.com/

 Register now and save $100 on the 3-day conference and/or receive a FREE exhibit hall pass with promo code AEMTA

 

Randall Keith Lynch – EMT# 20654

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Randall Keith Lynch, 56, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, passed away on Sunday, July 17, 2016, at his home.

He was born November 26, 1959, in Anchorage, Alaska, to David E. Lynch and Peggy Deweese Lewis.

He was reared and educated in White Hall, graduating from White Hall High School.

Mr. Lynch retired in 2015, after 16 years of service from Evergreen Packaging as a Master Electrician.

He was a member of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in Palmyra, an avid hunter and fisherman.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, Opal and Hugh Lynch, Lloyd and Nettie Deweese.

Survivors include his wife, Janice Valentine Lynch, whom he married on October 5, 1985, in Pine Bluff; children, Tiffany Pennington (Mark) of Hermitage, Michael Lynch (Lauren) of Warren, Scott Lynch of White Hall, Amanda Hipp (Sven) of White Hall; a brother, David Lynch, Jr., of White Hall; a sister, Melissa Searcy (Aaron) of California; grandchildren, Cole and Sawyer Pennington, Lex and Eli Lynch and Jensen Hipp.

Amy Marcella Cox – EMT#10728

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Amy Marcella Cox, 56, of Sherwood, passed away on July 19th of complications following a massive stroke. Amy was a beloved wife & mother who dedicated herself to serving others through her career in EMS. As was her nature, even in death she gave of herself by donating to the Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Association.

Amy’s career began in Camden at AR Fire Academy where she was involved in firefighting and EMS; and her career continued throughout the state. After completing her EMT & Paramedic certifications, Amy served and taught classes in many communities across Arkansas for nearly 25 years. She was a knowledgeable and passionate medic and an exceptional instructor of more than 1000 students. She set the bar high for those following in her footsteps.

Amy was a member of First Assembly in Star City and radiated God’s love. She was always a warm smile, gentle hug, and encouraging word to those around her. She will be sorely missed by those who had the privilege to know and love her.

She is survived by her husband of 17 years, Gerald Cox; sons, Joseph Alexander Dorris, and Michael Chase Cox (Lauren); granddaughter, Blair Cox; brothers, Art Cain (Anise) and , John Cain (Ruth). She was preceded in death by her son, Jason Edward Dorris, her parents and two sisters Leona and Ruth Virginia.

Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association, 320 Executive Court, Ste. 104, Little Rock, AR 72205.

A visitation will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, July 21st at Smith – North Little Rock Funeral Home. A second visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Friday, July 22nd followed by a funeral service at 1:00 p.m. at Geyer Springs First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Weeping Willow Cemetery, Star City at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

 

Advanced Wilderness Life Support® (AWLS) Courses

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Ladies and Gentlemen:

Registration is now open!    This three-day intensive hands-on course is appropriate for any licensed medical professional or medical professional in training who has an interest in wilderness activities (MD, PhD, PA, APN, RN, Paramedic, EMT). Approved for up to 20.5 hours of continuing education credits through the Wilderness Medical Society, this course focuses on treatment of the most common injuries and illnesses encountered in the wilderness and uses a combination of lectures, practical skills training, and treatment of mock victims to reinforce the student’s wilderness medicine skills. The AWLS course is also accredited by  ACEP, AAFP, and ACCME for up to 20.5 hours Cat 1 credit.

The course location is second to none! DeGray Lake Resort near Bismark, AR, is nestled in the foothills of the Quachita Mountains rich in bird and wildlife and sits on its own island offering miles of hiking trails and spectacular views. Click the following link to get your course registration and lodging reservations started today!

https://www.regonline.com/AWLS

EMS World Expo 2016

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Where the World of EMS Converges for Education and Innovation

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EMS World Expo is a truly global event. Bringing together leading faculty from across the nation, EMS World Expo delivers five days of cutting-edge education that will improve the patient care you deliver tomorrow.

The largest EMS conference and trade show in North America, EMS World Expo provides the opportunity to network with industry experts and peers from around the world, facilitating the sharing of best practices that will redefine operational excellence for your system through the year 2020 and beyond.

This year’s event highlights include:
• 140+ CEU-certified educational sessions across 8 tracks:
ALS | BLS | Critical Care | Educator | Leadership | MIH-CP | Operations | Pediatrics

• A cutting-edge clinical MIH-CP track focused specifically to community paramedic practitioners

• An unprecedented 29.5 CE hours for critical care practitioners and 21.5 CE hours for community paramedics for CCP-C® and FP-C® recertification

• Many hands-on education opportunities including the Active Shooter Response Workshop, Cardiac Dissection Lab and Clinical Skills Advanced Cadaver Lab

• The latest innovations from 350+ vendors in the industry’s largest exhibit hall

• Special guest appearance by the cast of A&E’s hit TV series, Nightwatch

• Lively “after hours” networking opportunities including the popular ZOLL-sponsored Shockfest and the Warehouse District Pub Crawl
Click here to view the entire schedule of events

http://www.emsworldexpo.com/

> Register now and save $100 on the 3-day conference and/or receive a FREE exhibit hall pass with promo code AEMTA

https://www.xpressreg.net/register/emsx1016/attendee/reginfo.asp?sc=AEMTA

Exhibit Hall Hours
Wednesday, Oct. 5
11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6
11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Conferene Program
Wednesday, Oct. 5
8 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6
8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7
8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m

Hotel & Travel
We’ve negotiated the best pricing to make your trip to New Orleans affordable. Through the travel experts at onPeak, rooms at the group rate are limited and available on a first come, first-served basis.

 

 

Brian Malone EMT# 13968

Bryan Malone
Born: April 21, 1970
Died: June 11, 2016

Brian Malone, 46, of Jonesboro died Saturday, June 11, 2016, in Mountain Home, Arkansas while on a diving excursion. He had lived his entire life in Jonesboro. He was a member of the Brookland Church of Christ. Brian was a devoted husband, father and friend. He was very active in his community as well as his Memphis Fire Department Community. He worked as a firefighter/medic for the Memphis Fire Department and a paramedic for Emerson Ambulance Service. Brian was also a member of the Jonesboro Police Reserve where he also worked as a SWAT Medic for the Jonesboro Police Department SWAT Team. He loved the fire/law enforcement/medical community. He served as a paramedic instructor and a member of the Tennessee Task Force 1, a division of Homeland Security. His hobbies included SCUBA diving where he was a Dive Master; helping out with Make-a-Wish Foundation and the Special Olympics. Brian was an avid gun enthusiast and a gunsmith. He recently received his BS degree from Bethel University. He was preceded in death by his mother, Marie Malone; his father and Step-mother, Jim and Mary Malone.

Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Michelle “Shelly” Malone of the home; son, Daniel Malone of Ft. Lewis, Washington; and daughter, Ashley Nolen of Jonesboro.

Funeral services will be 10:00 Saturday morning, June 18, 2016 at Emerson Memorial Chapel with Tony Pulliam and Don Blackmore officiating. Burial will be private. Jonesboro Fire Department and the Jonesboro Police Department Honor Guard will be conducting fire and law enforcement honors. Honorary pallbearers are members of the Memphis Fire Department, Jonesboro Police Department, Jonesboro Police Reserve, Jonesboro Police SWAT Team, Emerson Ambulance Service, and J & T Dive Shop. Visitation will be from 4-7 Friday, June 17, 2016 at Emerson Funeral Home.

For lasting memorials, please consider the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 1780 Moriah Woods Blvd. Suite 10, Memphis, Tennessee 38117. To sign an online registry, go to emersonfuneralhome.com.

SERVICES
Funeral Service
Saturday, June 18, 2016
10:00 AM

Emerson Memorial Chapel
1629 E. Nettleton
Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401