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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 Eureka Springs FRC & AEMTA Spring Fling

Fundamentals of Airway Management (Basic Course)

 

 

An Airway Course Designed Specifically for BLS and ILS providers

This one-day course is designed for Basic and Intermediate EMS providers and other medical professionals who may be required to manage a patient’s airway before transport to a hospital.

This course is taught by an experienced faculty who know the unique challenges facing EMS providers.

Gain Critical Airway Knowledge and Skills

  • Airway Anatomy
  • Techniques for opening the airway
  • Proper BMV techniques
  • External Laryngeal Manipulation (ELM)
  • Extraglottic Devices
  • Assisting with intubation

CLASS LOCATIONS: To sign up find the location where you would like to take the class and click the link beside it to register.

1/26/17 – Morrilton        Morrilton has been CANCELLED and will be rescheduled soon

2/6/17 – Batesville          0800 – 1200       http://www.cvent.com/d/nvqb9n

2/17/17 – Pine Bluff        0800 – 1200       http://www.cvent.com/d/mvqbct

2/17/17 – Pine Bluff        1300 – 1700        http://www.cvent.com/d/6vqbcg

2/28/17 – Searcy             0800 – 1200       http://www.cvent.com/d/tvqg0t

2/28/17 – Searcy             1300 – 1700        http://www.cvent.com/d/6vqg0t

3/9/17 – Eureka Springs        0800 – 1200        http://www.cvent.com/d/4vqgb1

Essentials of Airway Management (Advanced Course)

 

 

Optimizing Airway Management without medication for ALS providers

  • Learn critical airway management techniques — including use of video laryngoscopy and other advanced imaging devices, extraglottic devices, and cricothyrotomy.
  • Learn a simple approach to airway assessment.
  • Work with experienced faculty who know the unique challenges facing EMS providers.
  • Use proven airway devices in small group sessions.
  • Practice decision-making and airway techniques in Code AirwayTM stations.
  • Face the most challenging patient scenarios in a no-risk environment.

Hands-on Training in Crucial Airway Topics:

  • Difficult and failed airway management
  • Video laryngoscopy and other advanced imaging devices
  • Pediatric airway management
  • Endotracheal tube introducers (bougie)
  • Surgical cricothyrotomy
  • Extraglottic devices
  • CPAP and BiPAP
  • Confirmation with capnograph

CLASS LOCATIONS: To sign up find the location where you would like to take the class and click the link beside it to register.

1/24/17 – Morrilton      Morrilton has been CANCELLED and will be rescheduled soon

1/31/17 – Clinton           0800 – 1700    http://www.cvent.com/d/xvqbxp

2/02/17 – Clinton          0800 – 1700    http://www.cvent.com/d/1vqbx1

2/20/17 – Batesville      0800 – 1700    http://www.cvent.com/d/dvqb9j

2/21/17 – Wynne           0800 – 1700    http://www.cvent.com/d/nvqbx2

2/23/17 – Wynne           0800 – 1700    http://www.cvent.com/d/xvqbxs

2/28/17 – Stuttgart       0800 – 1700    http://www.cvent.com/d/rvqb37

3/02/17 – Stuttgart       0800 – 1700    http://www.cvent.com/d/tvqb3j

3/09/17 – Eureka Springs   1000 – 1800   http://www.cvent.com/d/pvqg0g

3/14/17 – Jacksonville         0800 – 1700   http://www.cvent.com/d/nvqbxd

3/15/17 – Jacksonville         0800 – 1700   http://www.cvent.com/d/tvqbxc

3/16/17 – Jacksonville         0800 – 1700   http://www.cvent.com/d/8vqbxc

3/28/17 – Searcy                   0800 – 1700   http://www.cvent.com/d/jvqg0t

 

Stars of Life 2017

EMS Instructor CEU Workshop

The workshop will be held Friday January 27th and Saturday January 28th in Magnolia, Arkansas. Participants can earn up to 12 Hours of Instructor Level CEUs. The new rules and regs now require 12 Instructor Level CEU to renew. 

On Friday we will have an evening workshop called “Conquering Our Giants.” We will address some of the giants that we face as training officers and instructors. Greg Brown will be coming down to address the NCCP renewal process. He will explain “what” it is and how to implement it. He will also answer any questions that you have. In order for him to be able to provide the best answer possible, we have included a “Question Form” that we are asking you to submit with your registration. We will forward your questions and concerns to Greg so that he will be able to research them and provide you with an answer Friday night. We will also address other hot topics such as scenario based practical exams, clinical site concerns and test item writing. 4 Instructor CEU
Pre-Registration is not required for the Friday night session; however, for planning purposes it is GREATLY APPRECIATED!

On Saturday, the “one and only KC Jones” will be doing an all day workshop called “Energizing The Classroom.” 8 Instructor CEU
 Due to the nature of the Saturday workshop we are requiring participants to pre-register. Once you have registered you will receive an email with pre-class instructions for that session.
Even if you don’t “need” the CEU to renew, this is still an incredible opportunity to network with colleagues, address concerns you are facing and learn new strategies for your classroom! Company Training Officers can also benefit, especially from the NCCP session.
A special room rate is available for only $91 plus tax at the Hampton Inn in Magnolia. Make reservations early to guarantee a room.
If you have any questions you can email me or call/text (870)904-1573.

The Christmas weeds

 The Christmas weeds

At this time of year we are all in a hurry, to get to parties, family gatherings or shopping for that perfect gift.  As EMS professionals, we are almost always in a hurry to get to the emergency, to eat our meal before the next call or finish our reports.  Things haven’t really changed much. When Jesus came the first time, everyone was in a hurry.  They were ordered by the Roman government to report to the town of their heritage for a census and pay their taxes.  The order had a date for them to be counted and pay.   I can just imagine that little town of Bethlehem packed with the descendants of King David.  I am sure when they arrived they were looking for this uncle or that aunt, searching for loved ones that they had not seen in years.   Gathering to discuss the census, purchasing food and securing lodging would have been high on the list of activities for these weary travelers.  It might have looked like a Black Friday of today!  Into this confusion came a young couple, not high on the social ladder, with a pregnant unwed woman.  Away from the resources that they needed, and no room, they settled for shelter in a stable.  Did the crowds notice?  I don’t think so, they were in the weeds.  Like the weeds that I have growing in my garden that blocks the beauty of the flowers, this crowd could not see the beauty in Jesus’ birth.  These weeds block our view of the people around us who are away from the resources they need for a good life.  Go to any store, watch the people and you can tell the ones hurting and rushing.  You can tell the ones who need your smile to brighten their day.  These people need what EMS provides every day, help for the hurting.  During this Christmas Season, get out of the weeds, look for the hurting and see the beauty that is around us.

God Bless and as always stay safe.

KC  

 

Armed Forces Benefit Association (AFBA)

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Armed Forces Benefit Association

VITAL LINK EMS- FULL TIME PARAMEDIC POSITIONS 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.

Jeffery Bruce Jones EMT#25488

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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

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