Well spring has arrived, and so did our Spring Fling event, which was attended well and actually broke previous attendance records. It was a great time with excellent education, food and vendors. I thank all that attended and all that worked hard on making the 2012 Spring Fling a success. One group I feel we must mention is Evergreen Packaging out of Pine Bluff, 20 First Responders from their emergency response team attended an AEMTA event for the first time.
With that being said, it is off to our next major event, the Parade of Lights and the first ever Arkansas EMS Hall of Fame. Both events will be held on May 23, 2012 starting off at the East Side of War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. We are asking for ambulances, fire or rescue apparatus, law enforcement units, and even POV’s. If it has lights and sirens and responds to medical emergencies, we want it. Line up will start at 08:00 and around 09:15 the parade will start going through Little Rock to the State Capital. At the State Capitol we will be met by the Honorable Governor Mike Beebe, and a short program commemorating Arkansas EMS and National EMS Week. We will then travel to the Section of EMS at the Freeway Medical Building for refreshments, door prizes, and the inaugural Arkansas EMS Hall of Fame. With this historical event, this is one day no EMS provider should miss, so we hope to see you there.
Also with spring comes severe weather season, and we here in Arkansas have gotten lucky so far. Please take this time to review your service area’s disaster response plan. If your area doesn’t have one, volunteer to make one. After a tornado or major flood is not the time to try and find out your resources and ability to respond to such catastrophic events. If you don’t know how to assemble a disaster response plan, contact your regional board member for assistance.
With the recent tragic events in Jacksonville please remember safety first! Be conscious of your surroundings, use your safety equipment, and report all safety issues to your supervisors. Please keep our brothers and sisters of the Jacksonville Fire and EMS in your prayers.
Until next time stay safe… Dwayne.