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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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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!

 

 

 

AEMTA Officer Nominations Now Open

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Arkansas EMT Association Election Committee is taking nominations for the following officers for the 2018 – 2019 term from now until June 6, 2017:

President

Vice President

Secretary

Treasurer

Parliamentarian

Board Member-at-Large

 

To nominate a candidate please click the link below:

AEMTA Nomination Form

 


*Note:  If nominating yourself please be prepared to uploaded a picture and biography at the time of the nomination submission.  If being nominated by someone other than yourself, once accepted, you must send a picture and biography to Ken Kelley at kkelley@ipa.net.

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.

AEMTA PARADE OF LIGHTS AND ARKANSAS EMS HALL OF FAME

Job Opportunity For Monticello Ambulance Service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monticello Ambulance Service, Inc. is a private service that provides emergency, non-emergency services to Monticello and Drew County. Monticello Ambulance has been in operation since 1972. We are looking for Full time and Part time EMT’s and Paramedics.

QUALIFICATIONS:

High School or equivalency diploma.

Arkansas Paramedic License; Nationally Registered Paramedic

Arkansas EMT license; Nationally Registered EMT

Current CPR and ACLS certification with the American Heart Association.

Valid Arkansas Driver’s License.

Motor Vehicle Operators record

Must be 21 years of age.

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

Please send resume or call 870-367-7384 for application and further information:

 

Monticello Ambulance Service, Inc

PO BOX 643

Monticello, AR 71657

AEMTA Election Committee

 

 

 

 

 

In accordance of the current AEMTA Bylaws, the current president shall appoint a three member election committee from the members of the association.  The members of this election committee shall be posted in both written and electronic format at least 120 days prior to the annual meeting.

With that being said here are your appointed Election Committee:

Ken Kelly – Election Chair

Kenny Tosh

KC Jones

Each potential candidate shall file a letter of intent to run, by mail or electronically to the chairman of the election committee no earlier than 90 days and not later than 60 days prior to the annual meeting.

UAMS College of Nursing – Pilot Study

 

Pilot Study: Exploring Mental Health Needs of First Responders in Arkansas

EMS Legislation – AEMTA Support Needed

 

 

 

 

Good afternoon!

On behalf of our President John Gray, I am pleased to announce that meetings with key legislative staff and the Governor last week has given the ArAA a green light to push for the passage of SB649 also known as the EMS Supplemental Payment Program. This bill will set into motion a process whereby the ArAA will work directly with DHS and CMS to structure a supplemental payment program earmarked directly for enhanced EMS payments for Medicaid recipients. As you know, ambulance Medicaid payments have been locked and stagnant for 24 years since we (EMS industry) last advocated for and setup our self-funded mechanism.

Once again, the EMS industry is taking the lead and has a plan to garner federal funds that will be used to return these supplemental payments to the providers covered under this legislation. While volunteer and municipal providers are not included in the bill at this time, there is a mechanism in place where they can join in the future. We respect that moving this program quickly has not allowed municipal providers adequate time to seek council and governing board approvals. But, it is imperative that we establish this process now ahead of future discussions by the feds and CMS on the future of EMS funding. Simply, the hour has arrived and we must move to establish this program now!

Senator Larry Teague has graciously agreed to carry our legislation. He carried similar legislation for the Hospital Association in the past and has the respect of all parties involved in structuring our plan. The bill will be first heard in the Senate Public Health, Welfare, and Labor committee next week. Final edits to the bill are being drafted and we will let you know when it is fully engrossed.

The ArAA will be issuing a Call to Action wherein we will ask all EMS agencies and EMS professionals to contact their local representatives in support of this bill. Support is best achieved when the representatives hear from local agencies and local voters. Attached is a flyer and banner ad picture with the talking points and key features of this legislation. Please help by distributing these materials as your association see fit.

Finally, the ArAA may need your assistance with a call-in contact campaign. The “pink slip party” has been effective for us in the past. Should we issue a call to action that requires calls to the House and Senate switchboards on the day of a critical vote, we will once again reach out to you and the AEMTA for help. It’s important to know that there is power in numbers. We appreciate the working relationship we share with the AEMTA and thank you for your ongoing support.

Should you have any questions, please contact me. We feel good about this bill and look forward to passage and the support it will bring to Arkansas’ EMS providers.

Ken Kelley

Ken Kelley, Government Affairs Chair

Arkansas Ambulance Association

PO Box 11330

El Dorado, AR 71730

Phone 870-875-2273

Fax 870-881-8989

kkelley@ipa.net

www.aaaintouch.com