Archive for June, 2013

Paramedic Courses this Fall at SEARK

Southeast Arkansas College in Pine Bluff has two paramedic courses this fall, and registration is now open.

Paramedic Course

  • Pine Bluff starting August 19 (12 months)
  • Grant County (Sheridan) in cooperation with Saline Memorial Hospital starting August 20 (17 months)

EMT Basic Course

  • Pine Bluff, August 20 from 9 am to 5 pm

Find more information in the attached flyer. Contact SEARK at or call 870-850-2184.

Arkansas Instructor Coordinator Society Retreat Recap

The Arkansas Instructor Coordinator Society held their yearly retreat in Little Rock on June 22, 2013. The Retreat brought national educators to Arkansas. NAEMSE Implementation of the National EMS Education Standards was designed to provide a framework upon which EMS Educators will build curricula and assessment based on the National EMS Education Standards. The transition to standards-based education is a process that begins with a clear understanding of what education standards are and how to develop benchmarks upon which curricula is designed and competency assessment measures are performed.

The workshop was designed to examine the standards themselves for clarity and understanding. Interactive sessions reviewed ways to develop curriculum, classroom activities and lessons that address the content of the standards in ways that enhance student learning. Lastly, the workshop addressed the manner in which student learning is assessed and measured from an outcome-based approach. This is essential for the accurate measurement of student proficiency according to the standards; and will present strategies through which an instructor will maintain accountability for student learning, and a system for continuous quality improvement.


Free CEU Classes on Super Saturdays at Ouachita County Medical Center

Ouachita County Medical Center is hosting the following Super Saturday courses, offering FREE CEUs. All classes will begin at 8 am and last until noon. Classes will be in the Green Center at Ouachita County Medical Center. See the attached flyer for contact information and more details.

July 20: EMS CSI (Crime Scene Involvement); Drowning; Geriatric Trauma; Sports Injuries

September 21: Cardiology; Diabetes; Non-Cardiac Chest Pain; Chest Anatomy

November 16: Alternative Medications; Down on the Pharm; Medication Origins; Most Common EMS Drugs

OCMC Classes Flyer

Officer Elections for 2014-2015

The following positions are currently up for election. Elected officers will serve in the elected positions on Jan. 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2015. All nominees for each position are listed below. Click a nominee’s name to read more about them. The only contested position is President.

President (listed alphabetically)

Vice President




Board Member at Large

SEARK Hosting Transitional & Refresher Courses in July

Southeast Arkansas College in Pine Bluff is hosting three courses for EMT Basic, Advanced EMT and Paramedics.

EMT BASIC: $72.00 – July 8 & 11

AEMT: $108.00 – July 15

PARAMEDIC: $144.00 – July 18

ACLS and CPR certification cards are also available if needed for an additional fee. See the flyer for full details.

SEARK Transitional & Refresher Course Flyer

William Jason Sprague – EMT#22706

November 30, 1982 – June 15, 2013

William Jason Sprague

William Jason Sprague

Officer William Jason Sprague, age 30, of Texarkana, Texas died June 15, 2013, in a local hospital.

Officer Sprague was born November 30, 1982, in Idabel, Oklahoma.

He was a Texarkana, Texas Police officer.

He is survived by his wife Stephanie Sprague of Texarkana, Texas; one son Caden Sprague of Texarkana, Texas; his father William “Chipper” Sprague of Florida; step- mother Monica Sprague of Shreveport, Louisiana; his mother and step-father Marsa and Michael Green of Hot Springs, Arkansas; two brothers Kyle Sprague of Shreveport, Louisiana, and Justin Sprague Hot Springs, Arkansas; two sisters Madison Sprague of Shreveport, Louisiana and Ashley Sprague of Hot Springs, Arkansas; two step-brothers Brock Green of Springdale, Arkansas and Jared Green of Phoenix, Arizona; his grandparents William and Jean Sprague of Florida; and Cecil and Jeannie Jameson of Idabel, Oklahoma; his father-in-law and mother-in-law Michael and Karen Anderson of Malvern, Arkansas; a brother-in-law Shane Anderson and fiancé Paige Davis of Malvern, Arkansas and a number of other relatives.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association 1701 North Beauredgard Street; Alexandria, Virginia 22311-1733

2013 AEMTA EMS Conference

2013 AEMTA EMS Conference FlyerThis year is the AEMTA’s 35th anniversary, and the theme is “35 Years of Opportunities.” Pre-Con classes are back this year, and there are a couple of new things to check out: the “Wall of Memories” and a mobile ambulance bus in the vendor hall. We are also having a new type of competition called “EMS Challenge.”

Download the 2013 AEMTA EMS Conference flyer here, and share it with all your colleagues.

EMS Week Recap

Dwayne Aalseth

Dwayne Aalseth

Once again this year’s EMS Parade of Lights was a success. On Monday a couple of days before the parade, we met with Governor Beebe which was a great time as usual. Governor Beebe told us how impressed he was with Arkansas EMS, and that he brags on us every chance he gets. He then signed the proclamation to make EMS week official, and then took pictures with everyone present.

Then on Wednesday was the Parade itself, with the lineup at War Memorial Stadium. At the lineup we had several ambulances, fire apparatus, and POV’s. With the LRPD motorcycle units escorting the parade, everyone traveled lights and sirens through the streets of Little Rock to the Capital. Once at the Capital we had a great program presentation that included key note speaker, Trauma Section Chief Bill Temple. During the program the AEMTA announced the 2013 Hall of Fame inductees; Janie Kennedy and KC Jones.

Next we moved to the Section of EMS for a reception with great food, fun and fellowship. EMS Section Chief Greg Brown gave a presentation as to his vision of the Hall of Fame area. Attendees went home with several door prizes and giveaways. Afterwards the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) met giving all attendees a vision of the future of EMS in Arkansas.

If you didn’t get a chance to join us this year, go ahead start planning for next year now. EMS Week is always the 3rd week in May, with the Parade of Lights being on Wednesday. Come show your EMS Pride at your Parade of Lights during EMS Week in 2014… See you there!

In the meantime, be sure to check out the Parade of Lights photo gallery after the jump…


Basic Designated Infection Control Officer Training Course

July 9-10, 2013
Springdale, Arkansas

This two-day course is designed to prepare the infection control officer to fully meet the requirements of the position under NFPA 1581, OSHA, and the Ryan White Law. The Ryan White Law states that each fire, EMS, or law enforcement agency must have a designated officer to manage exposure issues for the department. Understanding this role and the many aspects of this job is important to assist with department risk management and department member advocacy.

The role and responsibilities along with a job description are presented along with Step by step program formulation to enable the course participant to return to his/her workplace and set up a working program. A well trained designated officer will be an effective advocate for both the members of the department as well as the administration.

See the attached flyer for details