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Arkansas Hall of Fame Nominations

 

 

 

The Arkansas Hall of Fame was created to recognize individuals that have had a great impact on Arkansas Emergency Medical Services. Please note that no more than 2 individuals a year may be inducted. Also if the committee’s feel that no candidate has earned a position in the Hall, there will be no induction that year. Click on the Survey Monkey Link Below, there you will find information required to nominate a candidate to the Arkansas Hall of Fame. Please include any other information you feel that would assist in choosing your candidate.

Deadline for Nominations is April 15th

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K77WWPR

 

Announcements

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

Photo Gallery

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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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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

Essentials of Advanced Airway Management Class – Lake Village

Active Threats for EMT’s

Arkansas Hall of Fame Nominations

 

 

 

The Arkansas Hall of Fame was created to recognize individuals that have had a great impact on Arkansas Emergency Medical Services. Please note that no more than 2 individuals a year may be inducted. Also if the committee’s feel that no candidate has earned a position in the Hall, there will be no induction that year. Click on the Survey Monkey Link Below, there you will find information required to nominate a candidate to the Arkansas Hall of Fame. Please include any other information you feel that would assist in choosing your candidate.

Deadline for Nominations is April 15th

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K77WWPR

 

Scotty Wayne Newman EMT# 11867

Scotty Wayne Newmam

Scotty Wayne Newman, 49, of Calmer, passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center due to an auto accident. Scotty was born on May 20, 1967, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff, the son of Paul Wayne Newman and Linda Rushing Newman, of Calmer.

Scotty was a member of Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church, of Calmer. He was a graduate of Woodlawn High School, Cleveland County, May 24, 1985. He also graduated from UTI, as a Certified Diesel Mechanic, of Houston, Texas, 1985; EMT-1 from Arkansas Fire Academy, Camden, Arkansas, 1987; Paramedic and Nursing Pre-requisite degree from Great Rivers Community College, McGehee, Arkansas, 1988; received his Register Nurse Diploma, Southeast Arkansas Community College, McGehee, Arkansas, August, 1990; Jefferson School of Nursing, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, May, 2004; Scotty was certified in Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support, Trauma Nursing Core Course, American Academy of Pediatrics=PEPP Course and the National Clandestine Meth Laboratories Training Program. Scotty was also certified as ACLS, PALS, PEPP Trained, 1st Basic Training Brigade, PHTLS. Scotty served as a Certified Volunteer Firefighter for the Woodlawn Fire Department and served as the Cleveland County Deputy Coroner. Scotty served in the United States Army Reserve as a Wire Systems Installer and Combat Life Saver from 1986-1988.

Scotty is survived by his parents, Paul and Linda Newman; his wife, Stacey Johnson Newman; daughter, Shelbi Cheyenne Newman; 2 step-daughters, Carly Johnson and Amanda Johnson Bennett; brother, Steven Lynn Newman, all of Calmer; sister, Stacy Newman Coleman of White Hall; 1 step-grandson, Aiden Bennett; niece, Sydine Newman of Crescent, OK; and three nephews, Brendan, Chaney and Nicholas Coleman of White Hall.

Funeral services are 2:00PM Wednesday at Griffin Funeral Chapel with Bro. Daryl Sellers, Bro. Kyle Underwood and Bro. Greg Upperman officiating. Visitation is 6:00-8:00PM Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial at Newman Cemetery. Woodlawn Fire Department will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Service in Star City. Online guestbook at www.griffinfuneralservice.net.

 

Arkansas Children’s Hospital Spring Fling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

outreacheducation@archildrens.org

 

 

Arkansas Ambulance Assoc. ALERT! – CALL TO ACTION

All Arkansas Licensed EMS Agencies Urged to Participate

The Arkansas Ambulance Association is issuing this Call To Action following recent developments that will lead to enhanced ambulance reimbursement in the State of Arkansas. After more than two decades of rate stagnation, the ArAA has worked with key stakeholders to craft a strategy that will bring about this vital funding for everyone.

However, the window of opportunity to secure this funding is very narrow and will require action in the current General Assembly session.

The ArAA is requesting your participation in a special conference call / GoToMeeting webinar so that we may share more information with you. We cannot stress enough how important it is to have ALL provider agencies participate in this call. Time is of the essence.

Here are two things we need from you:

Click this link to complete a brief online form to let us know you plan to participate

https://promed.formstack.com/forms/araa_upl_rollout

Mark your calendar and join the GoToMeeting webinar on TUE Feb 7 at 2:30 PM

*If you cannot join the online meeting, you can still dial-in for the audio, listen in portion.

We will present concise information that will help explain how this program – already benefiting other states – will work for Arkansas. As you do in your daily operations, thank you in advance for taking time to respond to this EMERGENCY request. Get ready to get excited! Help is on the way!!!!

2017 Eureka Springs FRC & AEMTA Spring Fling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Eureka Springs EMS-FRC schedule edited

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.

 

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

For more additional classes please go to http://www.aemta.org/airway/

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.

 

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

For more additional classes please go to http://www.aemta.org/airway/