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AEMTA EMS Conference 2020 – Call for Speakers/Presentations

The Arkansas EMT Association (AEMTA) Conference Planning Committee is now accepting presentations for consideration for the AEMTA EMS Conference 2020, scheduled for August 6 – 8, 2020, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

For more information and to sign up please follow the link below: Deadline for submission is February 15, 2020, at 11:59 p.m



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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Eureka Springs EMS & First Responder Conference 2020


AEMTA Symposium & Trade Show Vendor Registration Now Open!!


AEMTA Various 2020 Nomination Forms

Here is the link to the Awards 2020 nomination form:


Deadline is July 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Here is the link to the EMS Hall of Fame Nomination Form:                          https://aemta.formstack.com/forms/halloffame2020

Deadline is April 17, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Here is the link to the AEMTA EMS Conference 2020 – Competitions:        https://aemta.formstack.com/forms/awards2020

Deadline is July 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

AEMTA & Eureka Springs Conferences – CEU Sheet Request Form

If you need a copy of your CEU sheet from either the AEMTA EMS Conference 2018 or 2019 or from the Eureka Springs First Responder & EMS Conference 2018 or 2019, please click on the link below:


AEMTA EMS Conference 2020 – Call for Speakers/Presentations

The Arkansas EMT Association (AEMTA) Conference Planning Committee is now accepting presentations for consideration for the AEMTA EMS Conference 2020, scheduled for August 6 – 8, 2020, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

For more information and to sign up please follow the link below: Deadline for submission is February 15, 2020, at 11:59 p.m


Joseph William Sexson EMT# 1764

Joseph William Sexson, 67, of Royal passed away on December 23, 2019.  He was born on August 19, 1952 in Harrisonville, Missouri and was the son of the late Grover William Sexson and Mona Lou Wilson Sexson.

He attended Apostolic Faith Tabernacle. He was a member of the National Federation of the Blind and AEMTA.  He was a paramedic and police officer who assisted with the September 11th World Trade Center. During Hurricane Katrina he also assisted with the rescue efforts in New Orleans at the Superdome.  He was also a personal paramedic for the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

He is preceded in death by his grandma and granddad Wilson of Searcy, Arkansas and grandma Rosie Sexson of Neosho, Missouri.

Joseph leaves behind his loving wife Susie Sexson; his sons Joseph W. Sexson, II (Naomi) of Vilonia, Arkansas and Kevin W. Sexson (Shelly) of Hot Springs, Arkansas; his grandchildren Thomas W. Sexson, Abgail R. Sexson, Michael W. Sexson, and Anastasia M. Sexson; his siblings Steve Sexson, Gina Rutledge, and Tonya Ortiz; his aunt Sue McFadden and uncle Jim Wilson; as well as many friends and extended relatives.

Memorial service will be Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 1:00 P.M. at Apostolic Faith Tabernacle, 3217 Airport Road, Pearcy, Arkansas.

DT4EMS EVE Instructor Course

Mercy EMS – Springfield, Missouri, in partnership with DT4EMS, is offering an Escaping Violent Encounters for EMS and Fire (EVE4EMS/FIRE) Instructor Course March 30 – April 3 in Springfield.  Cost is $1,500 per student for a 5 day instructor course.  This course will provide the participant all of the necessary tools to go back and educate their staff on the basic 2 day (16 hours) escaping violent encounters course.  With this training, the staff will learn a comprehensive approach to making good decisions in using proper levels of force in the process of defending themselves.  Without a compressive course like this, your staff may fall back on what they have always done.  Or, worse yet, not know what to do.  Either can lead to a staff member putting themselves or your department in civil liability or even criminal liability.  It is up to all of us to do what we can to properly prepare our staff for violent encounters as a responsibility to your staff and the public that we come into contact with.

If you have any questions about the course, need more information and/or to register, please contact the person listed below.  Please feel free to share this course information with your co-workers and other colleagues. 

Bert Staab, EMT-P

Mercy EMS

E-mail:  Robert.Staab@mercy.net

Phone: 417-300-1771

As the old Christmas song says

As the old Christmas song says, “Christmas make you feel emotional”, it does me.  When I was an EMT a long time ago my wife, and I made a deal.  If I had my option to work one of the holidays it would be New Years.  I am happy to report that deal worked in my case but many EMS workers, Fire Service, Law Enforcement and public servants don’t have holiday time off.  Some one said it’s only a day and that is correct.  Thanksgiving occurs every time you walk through the door to your home.  Christmas occurs every time you receive the gift of another day, and every time the sun rises above the eastern sky.  It is truly a Happy New day.

It is the time we spend with our love ones that count, maybe it’s not December 25 but the 26 when you get off shift, time is time.  I do love this time of the year.  We can remember the good of the past year and embrace the dreams of the new.  I get a great reward when I see my children and grandchildren open their gifts I have worked so hard to find.  Yes, and even sometimes I fool my wife.  Presents are great, but that special time with our families is what counts.

Most of us know the Bible version of the first Christmas found in Luke 2.  A young pregnant family traveled to a town because of a government census.  They arrived in this small town to find that there was no room in the inn.  Forced to find shelter they made the best of this bad situation and took shelter in an area designed to keep livestock.  During the night she gave birth and name the boy Jesus.  There was no room in the inn 2000 years ago and today we have to ask, does He have a room in your life?  Everyone has heard John 3:16, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. But I find the next verse one that blesses me, John 3:17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

During this Christmas Season please make room for Him.  He came to save the world and all we have to do is accept Him as our Savior.  Some get caught up in the babe in a manager, but we need to know that He came to Earth to die on an old rugged cross 30 years later.  But his death was not senseless, He was the perfect sacrifice for our sins and the completion of the God’s plan for man’s salvation.  The message is clear.  Make room for him because he has made room at the foot of the cross for you.  Stay safe!

If you need to talk give me a call, 870-688-3595 everything is confidential.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

AEMTA Instructor/Coordinator Society Proposed Bylaw Changes

Dear AEMTA IC Society Member:

The AEMTA IC Society will be presenting proposed bylaw changes at the First Responder Conference  in March @ Eureka Springs

Please click the following link to review the proposed changes prior to the meeting:

IC-Society-Bylaws Amended

IC Society Bylaws – Updated

If you have any questions or need any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Nathan Collie
AEMTA Instructor Society President
Office: 501-569-4103  Cell: 501-516-8779
ncollie@littlerock.gov nathancollie13@gmail.com

Kevin W. McMasters EMT# 22312/CFR

September 21, 1960 – December 15, 2019

Kevin McMasters, 59, of Bay, passed from this life on Sunday, December 15, 2019, at NEA Baptist Medical Center in Jonesboro.

Born in Austin, Minnesota, Kevin moved to Bay in 1963 and lived much of his life there. He was a 1978 graduate of Westside High School and earned Bachelors and Masters degrees from Arkansas State University. Kevin was a adjunct professor at Arkansas State University where he taught Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management. He was a member of Broadway Avenue Missionary Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and song leader.

For 35 years Kevin has been a member of the Bay Fire Department and has served as Chief for many years. He served 10 years, from 2004-2013, as President of the State Firefighters Association of Arkansas and was active in the National Firefighters Institute, National Volunteer Fire Council and National Association of Emergency Management. Kevin was recognized by Eli Lily Company as a 50-year Type I Diabetes survivor having been diagnosed with diabetes at age 7. Kevin served several years on St. Bernards Patient and Family Advisory Council and the Arkansas Patient and Family Advisory Council.

Survivors include his wife, Tracey Holt McMasters of the home;
His parents: Robert and Dale McMasters of Bay;
1 brother, Kent McMasters of Jonesboro;
2 sisters: Vanessa Criswell of Bay and Valorie (David) Wade of Lafayette, Indiana; and
1 niece, Hayley Overbay of Jonesboro;

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday in Emerson Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday in Emerson Memorial Chapel with Bro. Rick Jensen and Bro. Joel McMasters officiating. Rachel Nix, Director of the Arkansas Fire Academy in Camden will deliver the eulogy. Burial with Firefighters Honors will follow in Jonesboro Memorial Park.

Members of the Jonesboro Fire Department Honor Guard will serve as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be John Henry, J.R. Mann and members of the Bay Fire Department.

For lasting memorials, the family asks that consideration be given to the Bay Fire Department Building Fund, POB 13, Bay, AR 72411; the Broadway Avenue Missionary Baptist Church, POB 10, Bay, AR 72411; or the Arkansas Fallen Firefighter Memorial Fund, POB 56470, Little Rock, AR 72215.