Archive for May, 2013

Full Time EMTs and Paramedics – Marianna and Helena

Pafford Ambulance Service is hiring Paramedics and EMTs (full time and part time) in the Helena and Marianna area. Contact Ellen Guynes at 870-821-1177 or 870-714-0886.

CEU Weekend in Heber

Heber NorthStar is hosting a CEU weekend at the Community Center in Heber, on June 29. For more information, you can contact the Heber office @ 501-362-2794.

Emergency Medical Sciences Instructor/Clinical Coordinator (Full Time)

Responsibilities: Southeast Arkansas College is seeking full-time Emergency Medical Sciences Instructor/Clinical Coordinator for the 2013 Fall Semester. The successful applicant should have a minimum of five (5 years) experience in the field of paramedicine and three (3) years as an EMS Educator. They should have a positive student-centered attitude, a professional bearing, working knowledge of Microsoft Office, and strong interpersonal skills. Candidate should be available for additional night and weekend classes when necessary.

Requirements: Associates Degree in EMS or related field (Bachelor’s preferred). Current Arkansas state and/or national certification as a Paramedic; Arkansas State EMS instructor certification. American Heart Association CPR Instructor, ACLS Instructor, PALS and/or PEPP instructor and PHTLS instructor. Other job related education and/or experience may be substituted for all or part of these basic requirements, upon approval of the Qualifications Review Committee.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; 9-mo. Contract with Summer Contract Option.

Starting Date: August 7, 2013 Interested individuals should submit a completed Southeast Arkansas College employment application, resume, official college transcripts, and provide name, address, and phone number of three (3) references.

Submitting Documents – anyone wishing to apply for vacant positions may do so by submitting all required documents by mail or coming to the Personnel Office. When submitting an application for employment, originals must be provided. This includes the application, letters of reference and transcripts (unless otherwise stated). Submitting applications or other documents by email will not be accepted. Please have packets completed with all information when submitting to Human Resources. Please note, no copies will be made.

Employment inquiries should be forwarded to:

Personnel Office
Southeast Arkansas College
P.O. Box 1426; Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71613
(870) 543-5959
(870) 543-5959 fax
AA/EOE Employer

National EMS Week 2013

NATIONAL EMS WEEK…. What is EMS? EMS is technically termed Emergency Medical Services. Technically it is providing emergency medical services to people who are in need in a pre-hospital setting.

FROM A TEACHER….. It is a profession in which they teach skills based on Basic and/or Advanced Life Support skills. One in which they see people with a desire (some call it a sickness) to do this job. One they have loved to do and one in which they want to share the knowledge they have gained with others.

FROM A STUDENT……A profession of lights, sirens, excitement, all hours of the day and night being in the middle of sickness, chaos, and wanting to help someone and wanting to be right in the middle of all that happens.

FROM A PROVIDER:….Depending on the service you work for, and I will base this on the amazing one I am a part of: A way of life, one in which they strive to not only do good for the better wellbeing of people, but to have a successful career, business, equipment, great employees, and a positive repertoire. One that is a part of the heart and love they have for EMS and take it to a higher level.

FROM THE GENERAL PUBLIC WITH NO MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE……ambulance driver… (I won’t EVEN get started on this subject).

FROM A SPOUSE, LOVED ONE, And FAMILY MEMBER…..The person I love works hard, long hours, has such a drive and passion for others. They put others’ lives in front of his/hers to aide in all ways that they can. They eat on the go, and they sleep when they can. They talk nonstop about this call or that, they have deep caring emotions in which they sometime can mask those when needed but share when its most important….There is MUCH MORE…however it goes hand in hand with the next category….

FROM the EMT/PARAMEDIC…………A CALLING, A DRIVE, A PASSION, A FIRE, A SICKNESS, A MUST-DO….to help, aide, and be as much a help to someone they can. After long grueling hours of class, clinical, and practice test, onto national tests, and orientation , Often one can watch from the outside the transformation from a green EMT/MEDIC to the seasoned one. One who works away from home, 12, 24, 48 and sometimes 72 hours at a time. One who dines on fast foods many times, can sleep in an ambulance standing by waiting for the next call. Many times walking into the face of danger, shots fired, stabbing in progress, suicide, fights…car wrecks, explosions and more. Watching that person struggle to breath, knowing they have limited time, but calming, reassuring and striving to do all they can for the patient, all while the stomach is churning from hunger, the eyes are heavy with sleepiness, and the uniform still has blood somewhere from the gang member who died in their arms on the last call. Comforting a family when you have busted your butt, did all you could do, begged, pleaded, prayed, and worked even harder only to tell the family their loved one didn’t make it.

How about one who misses a holiday meal, a ballgame of their child, an anniversary, a holiday, or baptism. One who has to watch the child die from a drunk driver and still smile at the grandma or grandpa who fell and broke hip moments later? One who has to curve the emotions at times when they are run down, ragged, only to have to respond to that person who has been sick for 4 days, and decides at 4 am they need to go to the hospital right then. There are benefits….seeing that heartbeat after continuous CPR knowing God wasn’t ready for that person and He allowed you to help. Having that mom or dad come by and bring the child that survived because you were able to intervene during an asthma attack. The guy who sees you months later walks on one leg thanking you because you carried him almost a mile out of the woods from a traumatic incident. I could go on…..The biggest benefit of EMS…. Is actually fulfilling the desire, feeding the hunger, and LOVING the sickness that is deep within.

I offer my praise to all my past, present, and future leaders, mentors, students, teachers, providers and more this week. I thank you all for how you touched my life, how you have taught me, wept with me, laughed and cried with me. Those countless hours that you and your partner alone in a truck talk and share all aspect of their life. Happy National EMS week to all those with this desire, sickness, hunger and PASSION…… I am honored to be a part of this group, and I cannot see myself doing anything else. It IS a CALLING. I thank my family who stands behind me and allows me the freedom and support to do what I love.

Updates on EMS Conference Website

We have been busy updating the 2013 EMS Conference website. The mail-in registration form is now available, as is the speaker lineup. And be sure to check out what’s new in the Vendor Hall, including a new Wall of Memories contest. You’ll also be excited to know that the Dunk Tank and the Vendor Hall Meet and Greet are back this year by popular demand.

2013 AEMTA EMS Conference Website.

Kenny Shaw EMT# 8439

September 8, 1950 – May 10, 2013

Kenny Shaw

Kenny Shaw

Kenny Shaw, age 62 of Rowlett, TX, passed away May 10, 2013. He was born September 8, 1950, in Oskaloosa, IA, to Ronald and Helen (Bowen) Shaw. Kenny proudly served the United States Army. He was the director of the Office of Emergency Management for the city of Dallas. Kenny came to Dallas in September 2004 from the same position in Little Rock, AR. He began his career in 1980 as Emergency Management Director and County Fire Coordinator in Benton County, AR.  Kenny held leadership positions with the Eureka Springs, AR Fire Department, the Arkansas Division of EMS, and the Little Rock Fire Department and Metropolitan EMS. He was a nationally registered paramedic and a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. Kenny served two terms as president of the Arkansas Emergency Management Association. He also served on the Dallas Regional Type III Incident Management Team. Kenny was a member of the Exercises Subcommittee of the International Association of Fire Chief’s Emergency Management Committee and served with the FEMA Region VI Emergency Communications Coordination Working Group. He held a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Arkansas – Little Rock.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude and thanks to the staff at the University of Texas Southwestern, as well as to Kenny’s neurologists Dr. Sri Muppidi and Dr. Sharon Nations and his neurologist at the Veteran’s Administration, Dr. Fatima Abrantes-Pals.

Kenny was preceded in death by his mother: Helen Shaw; and sister: Kathleen Shaw. He is survived by his wife: Lee Shaw of Rowlett, TX; daughter: Mindy Jo Shaw of Fayetteville, AR; stepdaughter: Lillie Hoover and husband Jim of The Woodlands, TX; father: Dr. Ronald Shaw and wife Colleen of Rogers, AR; brothers: Ronald Shaw Jr. of Rogers, AR, Mike Shaw and wife Pam of Garfield, AR, and Thomas Shaw of Austin, TX; sister: Becki Schnitzer of Rogers, AR; and grandson: John Hoover of The Woodlands.

Memorials may be made to The ALS Association Texas Chapter information@alsa-texas.org.