Archive for January, 2013

James Donald Fontenot – EMT# 16796

September 27, 1945 – January 20, 2013

JD Fontenot

JD Fontenot

James Donald Fontenot, 67, of Chidester, AR passed away at his home January 20, 2013. He was born in Sulfur, LA to Eldes and Lula Doucet Fontenot. He spent many years driving a truck until he went to Paramedic School and found the career he loved. JD was a long time paramedic, EMS Instructor, and mentor to many. He worked for Nevada County Ambulance Service in Prescott and Ouachita County Medical Center in Camden.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Eldes and Lula Fontenot; son, James D. Fontenot, Jr.; brother, Joseph Earl Fontenot; great granddaughter, Lily Jane Fontenot.

He is survived by his wife, Susan Fontenot of Chidester, AR; sons, Michael Lee Fontenot of Cold Springs, TX, Michael Paul Fontenot of Chidester, AR; daughters, Catherine Brantley of Lake Charles, LA, Nikki Schexnider of Lake Author, LA, and Candi Marie Fontenot of Cold Springs, TX; eleven grandchildren; one great grandchild; and one brother, Michael Ray Fontenot of Onalaska, WA.


President’s Perspective

Dwayne Aalseth

Dwayne Aalseth

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great Christmas and Santa brought you everything you wanted. The Board (2012 and 2013) and I have been working hard for you and the rest of the AEMTA. There are a few things that will greatly affect our membership in the next year that you need to know.

First the Board voted to partner with American Income Life Insurance Company to provide every member with a $2500 accidental death and dismemberment benefit. This is at NO COST TO YOU or your family, and is in effect at this time. We also signed up for an option for your services, companies, and departments to become a partner, which could add an additional $2000 benefit. This coupled with the Arkansas EMS Foundation’s benevolence fund, could give every member’s family $5000 in the event of an on or off duty accidental death. You will be receiving a benefits letter and package soon that will explain all benefit opportunities. You do not have to return the card in the packet to receive the $2500 benefit, but by not returning the card it will limit other benefits that you are eligible for.

Upcoming Classes Offered by Med-Tech EMS

Med-Tech EMC, Inc. is offering the following classes this year. Contact Jennifer Blaylock at 501-354-8181 to register for the classes.

February 20 & 22
Cost: $115.00 + Book

March 13
Cost: $100.00 + Book

May 15 & 17
Cost: $115.00 + Book

July (Dates TBA)
Cost: $100.00 + Book


2013 Midwest First Responder Conference Feb. 22, 23, 24 in Eureka Springs

First Responder ConferenceEureka Springs Fire & EMS is proud to once again host the annual Midwest First Responder Conference. This conference is a special three day event designed for those who serve in any fire & EMS response capacity… but especially for our first responders! The conference events are geared for basic to advanced EMS personnel and firefighters.

This year the event will take place on Friday, February 22 and last through Sunday, February 24, 2013. The conference is being held at the Eureka Springs Conference Center, 207 West Van Buren, Eureka Springs, Arkansas. For more information please follow the link below.