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Opinion on moving the AEMTA Symposium & Trade Show to Little Rock

AEMTA Board of Directors have sent out a survey to get everyone’s opinion on moving the AEMTA Symposium & Trade Show to Little Rock. So please check your email and let your voice be heard.


AEMTA Emergency Support Response Team

Anyone interested in belonging to the AEMTA Emergency Support Response Team.

There will be a “MEETING” for everyone interesting
in helping people in Arkansas.
The meeting will be held at the ADH Section Of EMS
at Medical Towers Building 5800 West 10th Street
Little Rock, Ar. 72204 room 801, October 14, 2014
at 9:30AM. If you want to be a part of this team here
is your chance.

Attached are two forms that has to be filled out, you can either fill out the form and send back to me or bring them to the meeting and turn them in then.

Ronny Russell
90 Eden Lane
Star City, Ar. 71667
870-692-1927 cell
870-628-1303 home

AEMTA Emergency Support Response Team


AEMTA ESRT release form

American Income Life Insurance company

Due some serious issues and complaints about American Income Life Insurance company that was handling the free Life Insurance benefit for all AEMTA members, at the AEMTA Board meeting that was held on Sept 9th the Board voted to discontinue using this company.

Discount to join Air Evac Lifeteam’s Membership program for AEMTA Members


Don’t wait until it’s too late!

If you have a medical or traumatic emergency, our air ambulance helicopters provide rapid safe transport dramatically reducing the time to an emergency treatment facility. By joining our growing community of more than 1,300,000 members – the largest of its kind in the United States – means that you have the support of:

•Over 220 aircraft locations Nationwide
•Network extending across 28 states
•Highly skilled registered nurses, paramedics and pilots

As a member of Air Evac Lifeteam, we will work on your behalf with your benefits provider to secure payment for the flight. Whatever your benefits provider pays will be considered payment in full. You will not incur any out-of-pocket expenses in connection with your flight if you are flown by Air Evac Lifeteam or any aircraft in the Air Med Care Network Air Ambulance program.

The Arkansas EMT Association has partnered with Air Evac Lifeteam to offer their members the opportunity to join Air Evac Lifeteam’s Membership program
at a special ‘member-only’ discounted rate and it covers your entire household!

$55.00 1yr Household

$165.00 3yr Household (most popular)

$275.00 5yr Household

$550.00 10yr Household

To Become a Member Today Contact:

Membership Manager Donald Reed

Please mention plan code 7629

When Seconds Count……..Air Evac Lifeteam!

Arkansas EMS Foundation establishes scholarship in memory of David Taylor, Sr.

David Taylor

David Taylor

The Arkansas EMS Foundation has established a scholarship fund in memory of David Taylor, Sr. who passed away suddenly on Nov. 5, 2009.

Please click here to learn more about the David Taylor, Sr. Scholarship fund.

NorthStar EMS collects 587 boxes of cereal in 10 days!

NorthStar EMS drops off 587 cereal boxes with Today's THV's Jim Brannon

NorthStar EMS drops off 587 cereal boxes with Today's THV's Tom Brannon

NorthStar is always looking for ways to help in the community, I was watching Today’s THV and saw the state-wide cereal drive that they sponsored with the Arkansas Food Bank Network. I came to work and during our daily shift meetings told our crews we were up for a challenge. The challenge being… get as many boxes of cereal as possible! AND have it done by June 25th. That gave us approx 10 days.  We immediately went to working on this project to feed hungry children during the summer. Each NorthStar station, Beebe, Heber and Searcy together collected 587 boxes of cereal for this worthy cause.

I am so proud of our employees who always step up and accept these challenges of helping others!  The National EMS week theme was “A Proud Partner in your Community.” We want to live by that. EMS can make a difference and it doesnt always have to be within their scope of patient care.

We are now starting to plan for our yearly project of Christmas for Kids so we can again see the smiling faces of needy children throughout the holiday season.

Robert Galligher of Vital Link named 2009 Star of Life

Robert Galligher, 2009 Star of Life Recipient

Robert Galligher, 2009 Star of Life Recipient

Robert Galligher, Arkansas & NREMT-Paramedic #15484, one of eleven stars of life submitted, was chosen the 2009 Arkansas Star of Life by the Arkansas Ambulance Association. He represented Arkansas at the national Stars of Life in Washington, DC in May.

Robert became a paramedic sixteen years ago, graduating from North Arkansas College in Harrison, Arkansas. He joined the Vital Link team on February 1, 2006 after a stellar 13 years at North Arkansas Medical Center EMS. Robert was soon given a chance to advance his career with an opportunity to become a Vital Link Clinical Supervisor. He eagerly accepted the challenge and the additional responsibilities at Vital Link’s Clinton base on September 1, 2006. He has devoted himself to representing Vital Link effectively and in forming working relationships with fire departments, the rescue squad, Ozark Health Medical Center and numerous other local agencies.

Robert is dedicated to EMS education and the advancement of Arkansas EMS. He serves as Vital Link’s Education Coordinator teaching annual refresher classes, as well as numerous continuous education classes. Robert is an American Heart Association Regional Faculty and participates fully in all American Heart activities.


New AEMTA board member feels calling to EMS

Donald Reed, emergency medical service director for Arkansas Methodist Medical Center

Donald Reed, emergency medical service director for Arkansas Methodist Medical Center

Donald Reed, Emergency Medical Service director for Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, said his interest in becoming an emergency medical technician (EMT) began as a teenager with a stint as a police explorer forwarding 911 calls to the ambulance service.

But the Florida native’s life took a different path after high school, and he worked in retail management until the mid-1990s, when he saw an ad for an EMT position.

“I always had an interest in public service,” he said. “I was already a firefighter, so I thought I’d try being an EMT.” After he completed his training, he joined Arkansas Methodist Medical Centers ambulance service as a part-time EMT in 1996. He began working full-time in 1999 as a triage paramedic in the emergency room.


New challenger in first responder competition meets challenges head on — daily

Steven Tidwell, Watson Chapel Fire Department

Steven Tidwell, Watson Chapel Fire Department

Watson Chapel Fire and Rescue’s Steven Tidwell doesn’t consider his blindness to be a handicap, “It’s a challenge” he says. The valedictorian of Watson Chapel High School’s class of 2002 began his fire service career in February 2004, as the department’s dispatcher. In 2005, Steven went a step further and took a 6 week 1st responder class. With that in mind he has decided to compete in this year’s AEMTA first responder competition.

Born a mere 1.5 pounds and two months premature, his retinas were detached leaving him blind. From the time he was old enough to ride in a car and carry on a conversation, Tidwell developed a mental map of the Watson Chapel area. Continued