Archive for February, 2014

Arkansas Stroke Registry Quality Improvement Conference

All EMS personal are invited to attend the Arkansas Stroke Registry Quality Improvement Conference on March 17, 2014. This is a free event and 4 hours of CE credit will be given to all EMS personnel who attend.
Jackson T. Stephens Spine and Neurosciences Institute
UAMS – 4301 West Markham Street, Little Rock, AR 72205

For more information click on the links below:
ASR_Conference_Central AR_2014
ASR QI Conference Agenda March 17, 2014

Message from the new AEMTA President

Ronny Russell
Hello, for all that might not know me, my name is Ronny Russell and I am your newly elected AEMTA President for the 2014-2015 Term. As President of the new administration I would like to thank Dwayne Aalseth and his past Board of Directors for all their hard work and dedication, not only for the association but for the members and Arkansas EMS.

As always with each new administration, we will face many new challenges, first of all by earning the respect and trust from the general membership, second by showing that we are going to strive to make things better not only for the Association, but for its members and Arkansas EMS.

We have several new things planned for this year, and as members I hope you take advantage of them. Also we will continue to hold our Board meetings bi- monthly and encourage any member to come and attend one of these board meeting and give us any feedback or concerns you might have. You can go to and look on the front page in the announcement section and see the date, time and location of each meeting.

One of the great things the AEMTA has to offer to its members is our annual Spring Fling which is only 10 days away, which is March 7th and 8th at the Durand Conference Center in Harrison Arkansas. Again by popular demand this year we will be adding an extra day and having a First responder Competition which will be on March 6th at 1:00pm with registration starting at 12:00.

As President and along with the new Board of Directors, promise that we will work hard for you in whatever it takes to make Arkansas EMS be the best it can be! I hope everyone has a safe and productive year and if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me either contact me by email at: or my cell at (870) 692-1927. You also can contact any of the other Board Members; their info can be found on the website, just look on the left side of the webpage and click on Board Members.

Ronny Russell
AEMTA President
I Support Arkansas EMS, AEMTA and NAEMT


Spring Fling will be held on March 7-8, Durand Conference Center in Harrison Arkansas. The host hotel is the Hotel Seville at 302 West Main Street in Harrison.  Again by popular demand this year we will be adding an extra day and having a First responder Competition which will be on March 6th at 1:00pm with registration starting at 12:00.

Then on Friday, March 7th we will start off with the AEMTA Board meeting which will include finishing the business left from the January Board meeting, along with conducting all the business for the March meeting which will include discussion on Trauma money (funding). Then from 11:00am to 1:00pm we will have the Conference Planning Committee meeting.


Starting at 1:00pm the FUN begins with the EMS Challenge This event will consist of teams of 2 people with the ability to have fun, laugh at yourself and with each other. Spring Fling registration will be from 4:00pm to 6:00pm with welcome and opening ceremonies at 4:30pm by the AEMTA President Ronny Russell.

Both Friday and Saturday there are going to be a lot of great classes, multiple vendors to visit, free meals, prizes, giveaways and more!!!!So come to Spring Fling and sit in some great classes, get some CEU’s and visit with old friends and maybe make a few new ones.



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Chief Ricky Lee Winkles, Sr. EMT# 12130

Ricky Lee Winkles

Ricky Lee Winkles

February 5, 1960 – January 28, 2014

Chief Ricky Lee Winkles, Sr., of Trumann, Ark., died Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro, Ark., at the age of 53 years, 11 months and 23 days. He was born Friday, February 5, 1960 in Trumann, Ark., and had lived his lifetime in Trumann. He was the fire chief for the City of Trumann Fire Department, a reserve deputy for Poinsett County Sherriff’s Department, veteran of the Army National Guard, a Master Mason and was a member of McCormick Baptist Church. Mr. Winkles was preceded in death by one sister, Patricia A. Whitsett and his grandparents.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Bonnie Holt Winkles of the home, two sons, Ricky (Misty Barnes) Winkles, Jr., and Jeremy (Lauren) Winkles of Trumann; four grandchildren, Dixie Winkles, Reed Morgan, Shawn Winkles and Kain Winkles; parents, Carl and Shirley Winkles of Trumann; two sisters, Carolyn (Doug) Qualls of Trumann and Sherri (Randy) Tribble of Jonesboro, one brother, Randy (Lori) Winkles of Tucson, AZ and his father and mother in law, Frank “Bud” and Joyce Hamby of Trumann.

Lasting memorials can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospi- tal, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142, Arkansas Children’s Hospital Burn Center, 1 Children’s Way, Little Rock, Ark., 72202-3591 and Make A Wish Foundation.