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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

2017 AEMTA Parade of Lights and EMS Hall of Fame

AEMTA Election Committee

 

 

 

 

 

In accordance of the current AEMTA Bylaws, the current president shall appoint a three member election committee from the members of the association.  The members of this election committee shall be posted in both written and electronic format at least 120 days prior to the annual meeting.

With that being said here are your appointed Election Committee:

Ken Kelly – Election Chair

Kenny Tosh

KC Jones

Each potential candidate shall file a letter of intent to run, by mail or electronically to the chairman of the election committee no earlier than 90 days and not later than 60 days prior to the annual meeting.

Arkansas Hall of Fame Nominations

 

 

 

The Arkansas Hall of Fame was created to recognize individuals that have had a great impact on Arkansas Emergency Medical Services. Please note that no more than 2 individuals a year may be inducted. Also if the committee’s feel that no candidate has earned a position in the Hall, there will be no induction that year. 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.

Deadline for Nominations Have been extended till Monday May 8th @ 6pm

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

 

Arkansas Ambulance Assoc. ALERT! – CALL TO ACTION

All Arkansas Licensed EMS Agencies Urged to Participate

The Arkansas Ambulance Association is issuing this Call To Action following recent developments that will lead to enhanced ambulance reimbursement in the State of Arkansas. After more than two decades of rate stagnation, the ArAA has worked with key stakeholders to craft a strategy that will bring about this vital funding for everyone.

However, the window of opportunity to secure this funding is very narrow and will require action in the current General Assembly session.

The ArAA is requesting your participation in a special conference call / GoToMeeting webinar so that we may share more information with you. We cannot stress enough how important it is to have ALL provider agencies participate in this call. Time is of the essence.

Here are two things we need from you:

Click this link to complete a brief online form to let us know you plan to participate

https://promed.formstack.com/forms/araa_upl_rollout

Mark your calendar and join the GoToMeeting webinar on TUE Feb 7 at 2:30 PM

*If you cannot join the online meeting, you can still dial-in for the audio, listen in portion.

We will present concise information that will help explain how this program – already benefiting other states – will work for Arkansas. As you do in your daily operations, thank you in advance for taking time to respond to this EMERGENCY request. Get ready to get excited! Help is on the way!!!!

2015 AEMTA Fall Festival November 6th & 7th

Fall Festival flyer
Fall Festival will be held on November 6-7, 2015 in Magnolia, Ar. at The Southern Arkansas University, 100 East University Ave. Magnolia, AR.

The host hotels will be Hampton Inn and Suites, 128 Highway 79 South, Magnolia, AR, phone # 870-234-1800 and Holiday Inn Express, 1604 E. Main St, Magnolia, Ar. The rate is $109.00 per night for both Hotels, just be sure to tell them you are with the AEMTA Fall Festival to get this rate.

Remember this block of rooms with this rate expires October 22, 2015. If you reserve after October 22 the rate goes back to standard
rate and you aren’t guaranteed a room.

Fall Festival will start on Friday, November 6th with “The EMS Challenge”. This event will test your
ability to have fun, laugh at others and laugh at yourself with others. It will consist of teams of 2
people. Registration will begin at 13:00 -13:30. The EMS Challenge will start at 13:30 and run
until finished. I would like to issue a challenge to all Ambulance Services to enter a team. There
will be a $45.00 registration fee per team. There will also be a competition for first responders and
basic teams. A team consists of a two people and will also begin at 13:30. Also $45.00.

Registration for Spring Fling will open at 4:00 PM on Friday, November 6th, with opening
ceremonies beginning at 5:45 PM. Classes will start at 6:00 PM. The cost is only $45.00.

This year we are having more so PLEASE go to aemta.org and look at the agenda.

You want Instructor hours, Industrial classes, Fire hours or CPR renewal, WE HAVE IT!!!!

Agenda for speakers will be on AEMTA web sites. For additional information contact Penney Russell @ 870-370-3551, or email: penney_rn74@yahoo.com or Ronny Russell @ 870-692-1927 or 870-628-1303, or email: rrussellems@yahoo.com.

To register, contact Jennifer Blaylock or Denise Carson @ 501-354-8181 and fax completed

Registration form to 501-354-6928 or mail form to 10 Medical Services Dr., Morrilton, Ar. 72110.

Fall Fest Registration Form 2015

Fall festival agenda

Fall Festival PEARS Class

Fall Festival EMR Class

Competition-Registration