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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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Armed Forces Benefit Association (AFBA)








Armed Forces Benefit Association


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.


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.

Jeffery Bruce Jones EMT#25488







February 7, 1959 – December 1, 2016

Jeffery Bruce Jones (57) of Conway, AR, born on February 7, 1959, left this earth on December 1, 2016, in Little Rock, AR.

In his personal life, Bruce was a loving husband to Linda and father to Adrian and Noah. When he married Linda, he determined that her boys were his as well. He loved his bonus sons Chris (Lori), Doug (Stephanie), and Greg (Meg), and was a devoted grandfather to his six granddaughters: Makenna, Claire, Kate, Lizzy, Eve, and Charlie. He was also a loving son to his mother, Carolyn Jones (deceased).

Bruce was involved in Boy Scouts, earned the Vigil Honor in Order of the Arrow, and was an Eagle Scout. While in scouts he served on staff of four Wood Badge advanced leader training courses, was Thunderbird District Commissioner, led training courses on the District and Council level, and spent many days staffing camps at Gus Blass Scout Reservation. He also received the Distinguished Commissioner Award, the District Award of Merit, and Silver Beaver Award. Besides scouting, Bruce was involved with local Ham radio organizations and previously held the position of Assistant Director of the American Radio Relay League.

In his professional life, he had been a deputy with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s office, a volunteer firefighter serving as Captain and EMT-A/EMS Director with the Runyan Acres Fire Department, an EMT with MEMS, and spent 20 years as a radiographer at UAMS before ending his professional career as a radiographer at MedExpress in Conway, AR. In 2013 he was appointed by Gov. Beebe to the Medical Ionizing Radiation Licensure Committee for the State of Arkansas.

The red roses on the casket are in honor of Bruce’s wife Linda, his sons Adrian and Noah, and his six granddaughters.”

SEARK – EMT/Paramedic Refresher


CEU Saturday – Black River Technical Center


Scott Lynn Endres EMT#10844













Scott Lynn Endres, age 48 of Stuttgart, gained his angel wings on October 1, 2016. He was born on November 13, 1967 to Roland and Lynette Endres of Stuttgart. He was a loving and caring son, father, medic, friend, teacher and colleague.

Scott was a 1986 graduate of Stuttgart High School. After graduating, he chose a field to help others, which was his passion. He did this in so many ways. He was a member of the Governor’s advisory council EMS training committee, AR Paramedic Society, and International Association of Flight Paramedics.

He was on the Board of Directors of National Association of EMS Educators, coordinator for the South Central AR Infant/Child review, the Chairman for the Arkansas EMS Training Committee’s Best Practice and Critical Care sub-committee. He was the current president of AR EMS instructor society, co-chair for the AR EMS symposium, and currently directing the AR Trauma System Educational Video.  He was an AR licensed Paramedic, and Adjunct Instructor for EMS program at National Park, and Critical Care EMT Paramedic.  He was also an ACLS/PALS/BLS instructor, and a nationally known speaker and educator.

Leaving behind years of med-flight, he began work for Survival Flight 7 in Russellville, AR as a flight medic.

His love of helping others was second, only to the love he had for his family, especially his children, Ashley and Hunter, and his parents and sister. His job might have kept him busy but he was very involved with his children and family. He was proudly anticipating walking his daughter down the aisle in November. He and his son enjoyed camping and looked forward to their next “no electric” camp out. They also shared a loved of movies and sports activities.

Scott was preceded in death by his sister, Sonya Endres; and his grandparents, Fred and Beulah Endres and Ottis and Nell Rogers.

He is survived by his parents, daughter Ashley (Jordan) and son, Hunter, all of Stuttgart, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephew and cousins; and, of course, his extended EMS family.

Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 4, at Turpin Funeral Home in Stuttgart. Funeral services are 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 5, at Grand Avenue United Methodist Church, with EMS Honors. Burial will follow at Lone Tree Cemetery.

The family request memorials be made to the Stuttgart Fire Department Uniform Fund (% 1617 Strait Place, Stuttgart AR, 72160 or Farmers Merchants Bank, P.O. Box 1010, Stuttgart AR, 72160), Grand Avenue United Methodist Church or donor’s choice.


Fly High and Protect our Sky




Medical Directors Meeting – Baptist Health Medical Center – Little Rock










This meeting is open to the following groups and we strongly encourage them to attend:

Those interested in STEMI and stroke

This meeting is very important especially for those who have an interest in STEMI and stroke being placed on a state wide response system.

Jim Bledsoe




Escaping Violent Encounters for EMS/Fire Class


Robert Aaron Barker – EMR







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