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.

 

Justin Lambert EMT# 31077

FEBRUARY 5, 1988 – SEPTEMBER 18, 2018

Justin J. Lambert, 30, of Beebe, died September 18, 2018, as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

He was born February 5, 1988, in Fort Walton Beach, FL, the son of Jennifer (Day) and Jeffrey J. Lambert. He married the woman to whom he often referred to as the “love of his life,” Taylor, on May 21, 2016.

From a young age, Justin felt the call to serve. His great love of people, the pride in his country, and his need for adrenaline helped to set the course of his life. After graduating high school from Academics Plus Charter School in Maumelle, Justin served in the US Air Force as a Logistics Manager, having been recognized many times for his dedicated efforts. It was a career he would continue after his years of service, working for Staley Technologies. Most recently, he was a personal trainer at 10 Fitness in Little Rock and Bryant, and an EMT at MEMS in Little Rock and LifeNet in Hot Springs. He also served as a volunteer firefighter in Bryant.

Justin loved life and was the greatest cheerleader to his friends and family, and was always quick to offer encouragement, advice or assistance. His tireless work ethic, infectious smile, generous spirit, and genuine concern for humankind has been witnessed by everyone who met him. He loved cars, bar-b-que, and his friends. Above all, he was a wonderful family man who loved being a husband and a father.

He is survived by his wife, Taylor; daughter, Charlotte; mother, Jennifer (Chris) Johnson; father, Jeff (Wrenetta) Lambert; sister, Nina (Andrew) Holub; brother, Dalton (Brooke) Lambert; sisters, Elayna Lambert and Stacey Johnson; his mother-in-law, Naomi (Jamie) Cantrell; his father in law, Sam Spikes; a family of four nieces and one nephew, several aunts, uncles and cousins, and many wonderful friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Gerald Lambert; and maternal grandparents, Elmer and Geraldine Day. Visitation will be Friday, September 21, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills, 7724 Landers Road, North Little Rock.

Funeral services will be Saturday, September 22, at 9:00 a.m. at First Assembly of God, 4501 Burrow Drive, North Little Rock. Interment will follow at Rest Hills Memorial Park.

Eureka Springs EMS and First Responder Conference 2019

Communications Center Director- Pafford EMS

Pafford is looking to hire a Communications Center Manager which directs all aspects of the Pafford EMS Communications Center. Manages, coordinates, and assesses the work of assigned staff to ensure operations comply with all local, state and federal regulations, as well as, all Pafford EMS policies and procedures. Recommends policy changes and coordinates improvements that enhance response for allied agencies. Represents the organization and communicates goals and objectives with staff and the executive team; directs all operations, activities, and programs within the communications center; performs other duties as assigned.

Click below to find out more information

Job opening for Communications Center Director – Pafford EMS

 

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

 

 

Words from our Chaplain

Aroma

If you have been in emergency service anytime at all there are smells that trigger emotional feelings.   How do smells trigger such strong emotions and memories?

According to Psychology Today, “the answer is likely due to brain anatomy. Incoming smells are first processed by the olfactory bulb, which starts inside the nose and runs along the bottom of the brain. The olfactory bulb has direct connections to two brain areas that are strongly implicated in emotion and memory:  the amygdala and hippocampus. Interestingly, visual, auditory (sound), and tactile (touch) information do not pass through these brain areas. This may be why olfaction, more than any other sense, is so successful at triggering emotions and memories.”

Some aromas from my career are the smell of a road ditch where antifreeze, oil, diesel, and mud have been mixed by the rescue crews as they extricate a patient with the smell of alcohol on their breath.  The smell of the GI Bleed that is calling for help bathed in a cold sweat in a small bathroom.  The smell after the house fire is extinguished and the firemen are doing rehab.  Those smells have very strong emotions tied to my career but I pray the strongest aroma in my life is the Aroma of Christ.  I hope my co-workers, my patients, my students and the world can smell His aroma on my life.

Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 2:14, (NIV) “14 We thank God for the power Christ has given us. He leads us and makes us win in everything. He speaks through us wherever we go. The Good News is like a sweet smell to those who hear it. 15 We are a sweet smell of Christ that reaches up to God. It reaches out to those who are being saved from the punishment of sin and to those who are still lost in sin.”

What aroma are you emanating?

Stay safe!

KC

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

 

AEMTA Symposium & Trade Show Hotel Reservations

If you are going to the conference this year in Hot Springs and want to stay at Embassy Suites, we now have a link where you can reserve your room at the conference rates.

Reservation link

 

Words from the Chaplin

As we enter March 2018, if your year has been like mine, it has been a very busy time.  Most people started off their year with New Year’s resolutions to make them a better person.  The ancient Babylonians are said to have been the first people to make New Year’s resolutions, some 4,000 years ago.  According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute in its January 2018 report, 42% of Americans make these resolutions.  Americans determine to lose weight, start saving more money, start college or study harder, quit smoking, stop drinking or other good intentions.   In the first week 72% are able to maintain our promise to yourself but by then end of January 58% of those good intentions have been broken.  So if you were one of those who made a resolution and now have broken it, you are in the majority. 

 I am so glad that God didn’t make resolutions, but made promises!  In 2 Corinthians 1:20 we read “For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us”

 I praise God for his promises!

 Stay Safe!

KC