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Arkansas Mark King Initiative – A National Registry Partnership

Welcome!

On behalf of the Arkansas Office of Emergency Medical Services and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, we would like to welcome you to this new partnership between our organizations.

Please carefully read the information below. Most Arkansas EMS providers belong to one of these three scenarios. For those who aren’t, please contact the National Registry via the phone number or email provided at the bottom of this email.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU?

I am Nationally Certified.  Since you are currently certified with the National Registry, you will not need to take any action. Continue to use your existing account with the National Registry as you have been doing.

 Next steps: There are no additional steps for you currently.

I was Nationally Certified, but my certification has expired.  Good news! Arkansas is participating in the Mark King Initiative which allows former Nationally Certified EMS providers an opportunity to regain National Certification without testing. More information about the Mark King Initiative can be found here.

   Next steps: 

  1. Beginning 10/1/19, log in to your existing National Registry account.
  1. Apply for the Initiative under your “Candidate” role by selecting the Mark King Initiative menu option.
  1. Pay the current recertification fee: EMR $15.00, EMT/AEMT $20.00, Paramedic $25.00.

I have never been Nationally Certified.  We’ve created a National Registry Claim Account process for you to utilize the National Registry’s online education platform. Moving forward, you will be tracking education requirements equivalent to National Registry certification.

Next steps: 

  1. The “Claim Account” process will be available to eligible AR providers beginning 12/1/2019.
  1. You will receive email notification prior to 12/1/2019 with additional detailed steps for claiming your account.

If you have questions about your National Registry account or the Mark King Initiative, please contact National Registry Registrant Services at (614) 888-4484 or via the ‘Contact Us’ page located HERE.  For all other questions, please contact the Arkansas Section of EMS at (501) 661-2262.

We are excited about this partnership and look forward to continuing excellent patient care in Arkansas

Sincerely,

The National Registry Team

Mental Health Services for First Responders Available in Central Arkansas

 *Mental Health Services for First Responders Available in Central Arkansas*

GetTherapy.com

1-888-THERAPY

(1-888-843-7279)

This is the Arkansas network of independent counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists.

This includes almost 100 providers in Arkansas.

 

2020-2021 AEMTA Election Information

The AEMTA Election Ballot for the 2020-2021 Officers and Board Member at Large is now open.  You should have received an email from eBallot with voting instructions (check your spam and junk folders for the email).  If you did not receive an email or have trouble voting please contact Ken Kelley, AEMTA Election Committee Chair, at kkelley@ipa.net or call (870) 875-2273, if calling by phone please mention you are calling about the AEMTA Election.

Medic one is hosting a EVOC

The CEVO 4 Instructor class coming July 31 . If want to attend, their is a 300 fee for the DVD and instructor manual and 100 for each additional person you send. If you all ready have the instructor manual it’s 100 per person. If you are attending, send me a list of your people today.

Contact Benny Ford 870-275-5954

2020 – 2021 AEMTA Board Nominations

https://aemta.formstack.com/forms/election

Arkansas EMS providers to honor former American Ambulance Association President and Pafford CFO during memorial escort to Tulsa Oklahoma

This is an announcement made by the Arkansas Ambulance Association

This past Saturday, we learned of the sudden death of H. Stephen Williamson, an iconic EMS leader for more than 40 years. H. Stephen Williamson was the president and chief executive officer of Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) since the Authority began operations in 1978, and served for over 39 years. Under Williamson’s guidance, EMSA grew into Oklahoma’s largest EMS provider and one of the country’s most effective ambulance systems, achieving the standing of top 1% of ambulance services nationwide with accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services. Due to his visionary leadership and passion for service, EMSA provided outstanding patient care, saving countless lives throughout Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and the surrounding counties. Prior to his tenure at EMSA, he served as administrator of Enid Memorial Hospital. He was a graduate of the University of Tulsa, earning a B.S. in Finance, as well as a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to his death, Steve was the Chief Financial Officer at Pafford EMS, the largest ambulance service provider in Arkansas.

Williamson and his wife Rebecca recently moved to Hope, Arkansas and continued their work with Pafford EMS. In honor of his devotion to EMS, providers along the route from Hope to Tulsa, OK, where memorial services will be held, are asked to stage units or join the procession. The procession will begin at Brazzel Funeral Home in Hope at 4:30 AM traveling I-30 to Little Rock, then I-40 to Oklahoma.

More specific timelines will be posted as final details are locked in. Please share this post and help inform others. Let’s pay our respects to a true industry leader.

STEPHEN’S OBITUARY

Stephen Williamson, 68, of Hope, Arkansas, formerly of Tulsa, Oklahoma, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle passed away suddenly on November 3, 2018 at his home.

Preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn Williamson, father, Hershel Williamson, and first wife, Pat Williamson, Steve is survived by his best friend and wife Rebecca Williamson (Smith); his two adored daughters Jennifer Thomas (Jason) of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Ashley Schneeberg (Matt) of Jenks, Oklahoma; his brother, Mark Williamson (Theresa) of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; and his five step children, Blake Burruss (Rachel), Krista Sands, Holly Chapman (Joel), Sarah Lyn Smith and Jay Darrin Smith. He was an exceptional grandfather to his beautiful grandchildren and step grandchildren, Asa and Will Thomas, Kate and Ava Schneeberg, Barrett Burruss, Addysion Sands, Brycelyn Wiedel, and Gabe Chapman. He is also survived by numerous cousins, nephews, a niece, and his aunt, Blanche Wilson.

H. Stephen Williamson was the president and chief executive officer of Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) since the Authority began operations in 1978, and served for over 39 years. Under Williamson’s guidance, EMSA grew into Oklahoma’s largest EMS provider and one of the country’s most effective ambulance systems, achieving the standing of top 1% of ambulance services nationwide with accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services. Due to his visionary leadership and passion for service, EMSA provided outstanding patient care, saving countless lives throughout Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and the surrounding counties. Prior to his tenure at EMSA, he served as administrator of Enid Memorial Hospital. He was a graduate of the University of Tulsa, earning a B.S. in Finance, as well as a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to his death, Steve was the Chief Financial Officer at Pafford EMS, the largest ambulance service provider in Arkansas.

Steve was a revered national leader in EMS. He held numerous national and state leadership positions including President of the American Ambulance Association, President of the Coalition of Advanced Emergency Medical Systems, Governor’s Appointee to the Oklahoma Emergency Response Systems Advisory Council, and President of the Eastern Oklahoma Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He was a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class XX.

Family will receive those wishing to pay their respects at a lunch and visitation beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at Fletcher Hall (attached to the church). Services will immediately follow at 1:00 p.m. at Parish of Christ the King Catholic Church, 1520 South Rockford Avenue, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74120. Internment at Calvary Cemetery 9101 South Harvard, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Steve’s honor may be made to Bishop Kelly High School, 3905 South Hudson Avenue Tulsa, OK 74135 and the Code Green Campaign, P.O. Box 15365, Spokane Valley, Washington, 99215. Code Green advocates for mental health-, PTSD-, and suicide awareness for EMS.

Steve touched countless hearts over the course of his extraordinary life. He will be forever loved and missed by all his family, friends, and colleagues.

 

2018 EMS World Expo

The Arkansas EMT Association is a proud supporter of the 2018 EMS World Expo. This fantastic event will be taking place from October 29-November 2 in Nashville, TN. AEMTA members can save $100 on the price of registration when they use the promo code: AEMTA.

Visit emsworldexpo.com to register!

 

National Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Responder Training Course

Good day, EMS Owners, Operators, and Providers,

The following email is in regards to the National Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Responder Training Course, funded by the Department of Transportations, Federal Highway Administration. The National TIM Responder Training Program was developed through the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) and provides incident responders with a national curriculum developed by responders for responders. The training offers a set of practices and advanced standards to enable safer and faster clearance of traffic crashes. The training addresses all aspects of incident response, from the moment the first emergency call is made to the correct positioning of response vehicles and equipment, to a safe work area using traffic control devices, to final scene clearance. The Section of EMS as well as Law enforcement, Fire and rescue personnel, Transportation agencies, Towing and recovery professionals, Communications center and dispatch personnel, Hazardous materials spill response contractors, Coroners, and medical examiners, Public works professionals have been working with the Federal Highway Administration Arkansas Division on supporting this training.

Training can either be held on location through a 4-hour class that can be brought to your service or through a web-based self-learning format that might be more accessible for our EMS providers.

Currently, Arkansas ranks at the very bottom of all states in the number of EMS providers that have taken this course. Arkansas has trained 41 EMS providers in the state with a goal of 3,490.

So on behalf of the Section of EMS and the Federal Highway Administration Arkansas Division, we are asking all EMS Agencies to encourage all EMS providers to take the online National Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Responder Training Course. This course is approximately 3 hours in length, depending on your individual response rate. This class can be started and resumed at any time and does not have to take in one sitting. Once self-enrolled you will have 6 months to complete the program.

To register for the course please go to https://www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/course-search?course_no=133126

See the attachment for a Flyer for this Web-Based option. You will need to create an account and enroll in the course. Once enrolled you will receive an email with a receipt for $0, so ignore that email. You will then receive a separate email with the link to the course. Again, you have 6 months to complete.

I know that Arkansas can train more than 41 EMS providers, so I am asking on behalf the Department and our Federal partners, to provide this information to your staff. Also, the certificate and hours can apply to your EMS re-licensure.

Greg Brown
Branch Chief
Trauma and Emergency Response
Arkansas Department of Health
4815 West Markham Street
Little Rock, Ar 72205
501-683-4029

 

 

2018 EMS Hall of Fame Nominations

It is time to select the 2018 EMS Hall of Fame Candidates

Click on the Survey Monkey Link Below, there you will find information required to nominate a candidate to the Arkansas Hall of Fame. Please include any other information you feel that would assist in choosing your candidate.

The deadline for submissions is May 4, 2018

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K77WWPR

 

The Doug Deckard Family receives Line of Duty Death Benefit from American Income Life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April Chism (pictured right) receives a check from Sarah Duffrechou with American Income Life on behalf of Marilyn Deckard.

Doug Deckard was killed in the line of duty on April 30, 2017