Archive for November, 2009

Thanks from the family of David Taylor

The family of David Taylor would like to thank each and every member of the Arkansas EMT Association for your thoughtfulness and support during this difficult time in our lives. Your presence helped to lighten our burden, and it was kind of you to take the time to share your memories of David with us. Your words were not only a comfort, but a source of strength for our family during this difficult time. From the bottom of our hearts we want you to know that we love and appreciate each and every one of our EMS family.

– Judy Taylor

First Annual EMS on the Hill Day: May 3-4, 2010

EMS On The Hill Day, May 3-4, 2010 in Washington, D.C.EMS professionals throughout the nation will come together for the 1st Annual EMS on the Hill Day on May 3-4, 2010 in Washington , D.C.  This event is the EMS community’s first coordinated advocacy effort on Capitol Hill.

Top goals for this event are to:

  • Include representation from EMS organizations in all sectors of the EMS community.
  • Provide a consistent message to Congress on the key issues affecting EMS and EMS practitioners.
  • Encourage and promote participation by EMS practitioners from across the nation.

The Hotel Palomar in Washington , D.C. has been selected as the official event hotel. Our Hill Day program will run as follows:

  • May 3, 2010 (evening) – A pre-Hill Visit briefing will prepare participants for visiting their congressional leaders. All participants will receive Hill Visit Kits and appointment schedules. Appointment schedules will be organized by state.
  • May 4, 2010 (morning-afternoon) – Participants will visit the offices of congressional leaders in their state to advocate for key EMS issues.
  • May 4, 2010 (evening) – NAEMT will host a reception for all EMS on the Hill Day participants, congressional leaders and staff, and federal agency staff.

The success of the first EMS on the Hill Day will depend on participation from the leaders of the EMS community. We ask that you commit to sending as many leaders from Arkansas EMT Association as you can to Washington and agree to promote EMS on the Hill Day to your members through your website and newsletter. We only ask that participants be responsible for their travel costs (transportation, hotel, and meals). There will be no registration fee to attend. Here is a link to our online registration form:

http://www.naemt.org/advocacy/EMSontheHillDay/EMS_on_the_Hill_Registration.aspx

Important Alert Regarding Chemical Suicides

Example of Chemical Suicide Note

Example of Chemical Suicide Note

The Office of Fire Prevention and Control has recently assisted local authorities in two communities with suicides involving chemicals. This method of suicide, sometimes called detergent suicide, if frequently used in Japan and is being seen more frequently in this country. The process involves mixing common household chemicals to create hydrogen sulfide in a small space. Instructions to do this are readily available on the internet and most encourage anyone planning to use this method to provide appropriate warnings to people who might encounter or respond to their situation about the presence of the deadly gas. One incident in Japan took place in the bathroom of an apartment. Over seventy people in neighboring apartments were sickened by the fumes. In Arizona one individual manufactured hydrogen cyanide instead of hydrogen sulfide. This is the only instance of hydrogen cyanide I’ve been able to discover and suspect it’s rare because the chemicals needed for the reaction are not as readily available as those used to make hydrogen sulfide.

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Arkansas EMS Foundation establishes scholarship in memory of David Taylor, Sr.

David Taylor

David Taylor

The Arkansas EMS Foundation has established a scholarship fund in memory of David Taylor, Sr. who passed away suddenly on Nov. 5, 2009.

Please click here to learn more about the David Taylor, Sr. Scholarship fund.