Archive for March, 2013

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

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ITLS Pediatric Trauma Life Support & Access Classes

Southwest Arkansas Trauma Regional Advisory CouncilThe Southwest Arkansas Trauma Regional Advisory Council proudly presents ITLS Pediatric and ITLS Access courses in Hot Springs on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27, respectively.

ITLS Pediatric – April 26, 8 am – 5pm

ITLS Pediatric continues the training of the Basic and Advanced courses with an emphasis on understanding and responding to trauma in children. The eight- hour course teaches the proper assessment, stabilization and packaging of pediatric trauma patients. It also highlights techniques for communicating with young patients and their parents. Hands-on stations include:

  • Patient assessment and management
  • Airway management and chest decompression
  • Fluidresuscitation
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    ITLS Access

    ITLS Access gives EMS crews and first responders the training they need to reach, stabilize and extricate trapped patients. The updated course includes techniques for hybrid vehicles, trucks, buses and small aircraft in addition to its primary focus on traditional vehicles. The eight-hour course is built around the concept of using hand tools commonly carried on an ambulance or first responder unit.

    Both Courses will be conducted at the Garland County Department of Emergency Management at 401 Mid- America Blvd. Hot Springs, AR 71913.

    Contact James Smith at or call 903-490-9052

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    UAMS Starts State’s First EMS Bachelor’s Degree Program

    LITTLE ROCK – A new bachelor’s degree program in emergency medical sciences, the first of its kind in the state, will start this summer at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), designed to enhance the management and clinical skills of emergency services professionals.

    The Department of Emergency Medical Sciences (EMS) in the UAMS College of Health Professions recently received approval from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education Coordinating Board to offer the first Bachelor of Science degree in EMS. The program expects to enroll 12 licensed paramedics as the first students for the summer 2013 semester.

    Daniel Bercher, Ph.D., department chair, said program will produce graduates prepared to be EMS managers and educators with skills above the current associate’s degree level. In addition to equipping EMS professionals with more advanced skills, he expects it will open inroads to interdisciplinary community health and wellness opportunities.

    “We believe a new area is opening up for our discipline as a community health paramedic,” Bercher said. “This degree will equip graduates with the skills they will need to be better leaders and managers, open up new clinical possibilities to expand their job opportunities and provide them another pathway to become an EMS educator.”

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment in the field of emergency medical services to grow faster than average for all occupations from 2010-2020. An aging population with more age-related emergencies and more demand for patient transfer services is expected to create more job opportunities in the future.

    The program is the first in Arkansas and the 16th offered in the country. To find out more, visit the department’s website,

    UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. Named best Little Rock metropolitan area hospital by U.S. News & World Report, it is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has more than 2,800 students and 775 medical residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,000 physicians and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. Visit or

    Proposed AEMTA Bylaw Changes

    It has come that time again to update/revise the Association’s bylaws. The Board held a special 3 day meeting in January to go over the current Bylaws and make changes they felt would benefit the Association as a whole due to changes in time and technology. We are now posting the proposed Bylaws for all members to view. Please feel free to print and read over the proposed bylaw changes. The proposed revision will be brought up at the general meeting at the EMS Conference in August for a final vote to accept or decline the revision by the general member body.

    >> Proposed AEMTA Bylaws 2013

    Certified Flight Communicator Course

    Mercy EMS/Lifeline in conjunction with National  Association of Air Medical Communication Specialists will be presenting a Certified Flight Communicator Course April 26-27, 2013.

    The course will be presented at:

    Mercy EMS Education Center
    1407 E. Saint Louis Street
    Springfield, MO 65802

    Course fee is $155.00 members (NAACS) / $200.00 non members

    Brochure: Mercy EMS-CFC Out Reach

    Advanced Burn Life Support

    Mercy Level 1 Trauma and Burn Center (Springfield, MO) will be hosting an Advanced Burn Life Support Class in sponsorship by the American Burn Association.

    May 10th 07:30-4:30
    Mercy Hospital McAuley Conference Center
    1235 East Cherokee
    Springfield, Missouri  65804

    Register Online Here:

    Brochure: ABLS May 10

    11th Annual Dr. Tom Steele Emergency Care Symposium

    Friday, April 19, 2013

    This year’s symposium will cover a broad range of topics including pediatric cardiac and respiratory diseases, managing the agitated patient, stroke treatment options, workplace safety in the emergency department, treatment measures for advanced heart failure, end-of-life issues in the emergency setting, and emergency care pearls.

    Emergency Services personnel, including advanced practitioners, nurses, physicians, pre-hospital and respiratory therapists will gain valuable information to help define appropriate care and minimize the risk of preventable complications and death.

    Register by April 12. See the brochure link below for details:

    2013 Tom Steele Symposium

    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 @

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    Last Chance Transitional Course

    Sponsor: SEARK College EMS

    Where: Bryant Central Fire Station 115 Roya Lane Bryant AR
    When: EMT/Medic March 16th & 17th 9:00am to 9:pm
    Medic March 19th & 21st 9:00am to 9:00pm

    Cost: $65 EMT
    $130 MEDIC
    CONTACT: 870-850-4817 or


    Arkansas Fire Training Academy to Host Lay Evaluator Course April 30

    The Arkansas Fire Training Academy will be hosting a Lay Evaluator Course taught by the Arkansas Department of Health on April 30, 2013 at the Camden Facility.  Class will start at 11:00am & will last around 2 hours.

    Participants will receive CEU credits for the course & for any exam that they evaluate from then on.  Participants must have been an EMT or Paramedic for a minimum of 3 years & will need to fill out the application on the ADH website then contact Rob Chastain at (870)574-1521 to reserve a seat in the class.