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2020-2021 AEMTA Election Information

The AEMTA Election Ballot for the 2020-2021 Officers and Board Member at Large is now open.  You should have received an email from eBallot with voting instructions (check your spam and junk folders for the email).  If you did not receive an email or have trouble voting please contact Ken Kelley, AEMTA Election Committee Chair, at kkelley@ipa.net or call (870) 875-2273, if calling by phone please mention you are calling about the AEMTA Election.

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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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David R. Donovan EMT#11125

It is always difficult saying goodbye to someone that is loved and cherish. Family and friends must say goodbye to their beloved David R. Donovan (Monticello, Arkansas), who passed away at the age of 59, on July 13, 2019.

Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home

943 Highway 425 North

Monticello ,  AR 71657

Visitation  – 7/19/2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Service – 7/20/2019 at 2:00 p.m.

Interment:

Rock Springs Cemetery
Rock Springs Rd.
Wilmar, AR 71675

https://www.stephensondearman.com/services.asp?page=odetail&id=2078&locid=0

 

Dean William Loos – EMT#27346

Dean William Loos, 33 of Springdale passed away Monday, July 1, 2019. He was born May 28,1986 in Carmichael, California to David and Lisa Bell Loos.

Dean was a Firefighter/EMT. He began his service with the City of Springdale on January 7, 2013, and it was while on duty that he met his wife, Tabitha. He loved riding his Harley, he was very athletic, enjoyed all extreme sports and was an avid Raiders and Sharks fan. Dean was a great dad and loved his children very much. He was extremely proud of his kids. He loved his family and friends immensely and always embraced them with a warm hug and kind words. Dean will always be a hero to his family and friends.

Dean was preceded in death by his grandparents, Richard and Miriam Bell and Carl Loos and three uncles, Rick Bell, Randy Bell and Joe Loos.

Survivors include wife, Tabitha Loos of the home; two sons, Kayden Isaiah Loos and Kael Guinness Loos (and their mother Amanda Acosta); two daughters, Averlea Kate Loos and Ebbie Jo Loos all of the home; his father David Loos; his mother Lisa Fields and husband John Fields; one brother, Darrick Carl Loos and wife Brittany and one sister, Jessica Miriam Loos Brewer and husband J.P. all of Rogers. He is also survived by many other nieces, nephews, family members and friends.

A memorial service will be Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Har-Ber High School in the Marsha Jones Performing Arts Center.

 

Taylor Lloyd Bullard EMT#24370

Taylor Lloyd Bullard, 32 of Traskwood, was taken from his loving family far too soon Wednesday, June 26, 2019. Taylor was born on May 5, 1987 in St. Louis, MO. He was a 2005 graduate of Lakeside High School in Hot Springs, Arkansas where he was a gifted baseball player. Taylor loved the outdoors, but he was most passionate about his family. Taylor was a wonderful husband, father, son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, friend and teacher. He was a Lieutenant/Paramedic with the Jacksonville Fire Department where he served honorably for 9 years.

He loved life, loved to laugh and loved grilling and serving his family and friends wonderful food. He will be missed terribly by his family as well as his friends whom he considered family.

Taylor is survived by his wife, Jennifer Page Bullard, daughter, Nora Elizabeth, his parents, Jim and Linda Bullard, Jennifer’s parents, Jim and Carol Sharp, siblings, Jamie Huisman (Cody, Harris, Harper, Henson), Jolie Hand (Garrett), Tanner Bullard, Jordan Sharp (Katie Wright) Jake Sharp (Amber, Kaydi, Taralyn, TJ), Angela Knight (Jon, Layla, Max, Mela) grandmothers, Betty Brown and Elizabeth Lovell, numerous aunts, cousins and friends.

Church services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 12:00 p.m. on Monday, July 1, 2019 at McArthur Church in Jacksonville.

Visitation will be at Ashby Funeral Home on Sunday, June 30th, 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Mental Health Services for First Responders Available in Central Arkansas

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1-888-THERAPY

(1-888-843-7279)

This is the Arkansas network of independent counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists.

This includes almost 100 providers in Arkansas.

 

2020-2021 AEMTA Election Information

The AEMTA Election Ballot for the 2020-2021 Officers and Board Member at Large is now open.  You should have received an email from eBallot with voting instructions (check your spam and junk folders for the email).  If you did not receive an email or have trouble voting please contact Ken Kelley, AEMTA Election Committee Chair, at kkelley@ipa.net or call (870) 875-2273, if calling by phone please mention you are calling about the AEMTA Election.

Robert “Gene” Eugene Beasley EMT#4985

Robert “Gene” Eugene Beasley, 62, of Cabot passed away on June 13, 2019.  He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on December 29, 1956 to the late Sterling and Katie Beasley.

Gene proudly retired from the Jacksonville Fire Department as a Captain at the Central Station after 22 years.  He attended the Assembly of God church, loved spending time with his amazing family, loved hunting, fishing and being outdoors.

He is preceded in death by his siblings Linda Provencal of Jacksonville, Florida; Jerry Beasley of Cabot, Arkansas, Lloyd Beasley of Cabot, Arkansas and Floyd Beasley of Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He leaves behind his loving niece Jerra Hollinger (Andy) of Little Rock, Arkansas; nephews John Beasley (Sonja) of Cabot, Arkansas, Brian Beasley (Lyn) of Cabot, Arkansas and Michael Provencal (Sherry) of Jacksonville, Florida; as well as many great-nieces and great-nephews and a host of friends.

A family hosted service will be held at a later date.

James E. Johnson Sr. EMT#6939

2019 AEMTA Parade of Lights & Arkansas EMS Hall of Fame

Medic one is hosting a EVOC

The CEVO 4 Instructor class coming July 31 . If want to attend, their is a 300 fee for the DVD and instructor manual and 100 for each additional person you send. If you all ready have the instructor manual it’s 100 per person. If you are attending, send me a list of your people today.

Contact Benny Ford 870-275-5954

Words from our Chaplain – What’s in a Name?

I want to start this devotion off with an apology.  I have been missing for a few months but I have been in a time of reflection.  It started a few months ago when my wife was getting ready for work and put on her name tag.  Then it struck me I had no name tag.  I felt like I had no identity, I was feeling I had no direction.  I had to search my life to find myself again.  I have always been a support person, as an EMT I supported my partner.  As a Paramedic I supported my medical director’s protocols to treat my patients.  As an educator I supported my students so they would be successful.  As a program director I supported my institution to be a place of quality education.  As the AEMTA President I supported the membership.  As an NAEMT Board member I supported EMS on a national level.

Now with retirement, all that’s gone!

I felt like I had no direction or no one to support.  In life we place a huge emphasis on titles and the letters after our name.  We are recognized by our ID.  The one we wear on our uniform but is that who we are?  It took a trip to a Stronger Man’s Conference to find my support, my ID and direction in my life.

The old gospel song “A new name in glory” written by C. Austin Miles goes,

“There’s a new name written down in glory,
And it’s mine, O yes, it’s mine!”

In God’s Kingdom we are the name that God has written in his book, The Book of life.  None of my titles are there, not one of my awards are there only my new name given by God’s Lamb, Jesus.  In Isaiah 62:2 “…. thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name.”  The only thing in this life is that you know Jesus as your personal savior.  The ID on our heart should be Christian!  Which means Christ Like.  Me be like our Jesus?  Yes, we should try, He said in John 13:34 – 36, “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

Pretty plain. We must know Him and love.  Those are acts of kindness to everyone.  Try to walk in love this month.  What can it hurt? It might lead you to a new name.

God, I pray that you keep our emergency responders safe as they work in this world.  Guide them in their walk with you.  Grant them wisdom to do a job that you called them to perform.  Let them walk in love this month and until they enter into their eternal home.  Amen.

Stay safe!

KC