The service chronicles listed below were published in the Spring 2017 issue of the KEMSA Chronicle magazine. If you would like to submit news from your service for publication in the magazine and on this website, view information about submitting your news here.
The Arkansas City Fire/EMS station welcomed a design team from Hallmark ornaments in February! The Hallmark team was visiting to take measurements, photos, and video of their 1932 Buick, which will be featured as a 2018 Hallmark Christmas ornament. Be sure to watch for it!
In April, Ark City assisted in hosting the Cowley County Health and Safety Fair in Arkansas City. The staff was on hand to provide CPR and fire prevention materials to more than 1,000 fair attendees.
The Arkansas City Fire/EMS Department hired Grady Jordan, a Firefighter/EMT from Arkansas City, Kan. Welcome Grady! Other positions are open for Firefighter Paramedics. If you are interested in a positon, visit HRPartners online.
EagleMed provides Critical Care Ground Ambulance transports in the central Kansas area. The recent acquisition of a 2017 International, medium-duty ambulance will provide safe, reliable service to the patients and communities they serve. The new ambulance is currently at their CCT base in Great Bend, Kan. This newest addition to their fleet, is equipped with the latest life support equipment and technology and will be a mobile intensive care unit staffed by paramedics and EMTs. They are excited about the impact this new equipment will have for the facilities and communities they serve in Central Kansas.
MED-ACT has formed a Community Services and Professional Development Division. One of its first endeavors is to design and develop a Mobile Integrated Healthcare (Community Paramedicine) model, which will focus on the super-user and lift-assist populations. The division will work toward hospital re-admission avoidance in conjunction with the Johnson County Community Outreach Referral Program within the EMS Medical Director’s office. The program will begin with a paramedic and a mental health co-responder and will grow to encompass solutions for patients who could benefit from services other than transport to an emergency room via ambulance.
MED-ACT recently took delivery of its newest ambulance. This unit was developed by the Ambulance Design Committee exclusively comprised of field providers and is compliant with DOT Change Notice 8 and 9. It features a performance load securing bracket, back-up and side view cameras, and patient compartment monitoring cameras. It is designed to allow the provider to remain seated even while caring for critical patients.
The Junction City Fire Department is pleased to announce the promotion of Lieutenant James Reynolds to the Rank of Captain effective April 3, 2017. In other news, Chief Terry Johnson, Lt. Matt Raub, and Kent Vosburg attended the KEMSA EMS Management Workshop in Manhattan in April.
Kingman EMS is very excited to announce that after months of hard work with Kingman County Communications, Emergency Medical Dispatching (EMD) is now utilized throughout the county. Kingman County Communications was awarded a $94,000 grant for Priority Dispatch software including EMD, Fire, and Police. Kingman EMS would also like to congratulate Jeremy Courtney, who graduated from the Hutchinson Community College paramedic program in May. Jeremy has completed his schooling while working for the department full-time, which is quite the undertaking. In March, the department took delivery of a new Type II Ford Transit ambulance manufactured by Osage Industries. The department uses the new ambulance in a 9-1-1 capacity and it functions as the primary ambulance for emergency calls as well as transfers. While the patient compartment is a bit smaller, the crews have adapted to the change easily and every piece of equipment from the Type III units fits on this unit. The crews especially like the new “look” with updated graphics, the power load system, and the forward-facing curb-side seat. Patients have complimented the crews on the smooth ride, which is much better compared to the other Type III ambulances in the fleet. The community seems to really like the graphics and price. The department decided to go with the Type II ambulance to afford the costly upgrades of the power load system.
LifeTeam has announced plans to begin operations of a new air medical transport base in Colby. LifeTeam will provide a rotor-wing to transport critically ill or injured patients to tertiary care. LifeTeam’s highly trained medical and flight crews safely transport patients with a medical or surgical emergency who may need advanced care such as provided by a trauma center, a cardiac cath lab, or a stroke team.
The Bell 407 Longranger Helicopter will be based at the Colby hospital helipad with the crew housed nearby and on “ready alert” 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This will be the second Bell 407 added to the LifeTeam western Kansas tier. In addition to the rotor-wing that will be based in Colby, LifeTeam has a system of back up resources including a fixed wing aircraft 15 minutes away, and additional rotor wing and all weather King Airs throughout the western third of Kansas. LifeTeam plans to begin operations of the Colby Bell 407 early spring 2017.
Also, LifeTeam is pleased to announce the relocation of its headquarters to Wichita, Kan. Currently located at the Newton City County Airport, LifeTeam will be stationed at 3445 Webb Road, directly west of Jabara Airport. Relocation to the new facility was finished in April 2017 following an interior remodel. This move was a result of significant growth in recent years and the need for additional space to accommodate current needs and future expansion. Beginning in 2001 with a single location in Wichita, LifeTeam has expanded to more than 15 base locations serving the central United States and Hawaii.
The new office space, over 13,000 square feet, will be home to employees in the administrative, billing, and education departments, as well as LifeTeam’s state-of-the-art communications center. The new location will serve as the communications and operational management hub for LifeTeam’s aircraft bases and for its 33 hospital LifeTeam Care Network.
The second phase of the relocation includes construction of a maintenance facility complex and hangar based at Jabara. This location will be designed for on-staff aircraft mechanics and will facilitate scheduled maintenance, refurbishment, and configuration for the company.
Miltonvale EMS received delivery of their 2010 Osage Type III ambulance with a 2010 Chevrolet G4500 Duramax Diesel engine on May 1, 2017. Miltonvale is a very small rural ambulance service with a call volume of approximately 60 per year. With the help of Kyle Shimmens with Emergency Service Supply and Osage Ambulances, Miltonvale was able to sell their second out unit, a 1989 Ford F350 Diesel ambulance and replace their first out with the 2010 Chevrolet G4500. Miltonvale EMS and the Miltonvale City Council are extremely excited about the upgrade.
Reno County EMS has recently developed a Field Training Officer position. The people placed in this position will establish a new orientation process for new hires as well as provide department and community training. An intensive interview process involving a panel interview and 15-minute training presentation as well as a report review was used to determine the most qualified applicants. Congratulations to Jeramie Schmidt, Wade Kennedy, and Jessica Stussy who were chosen to represent each of our three teams as the newly appointed FTOs.
Loni Peil, the EMS secretary and billing clerk, recently went to St. Louis where she spent a week training to become a Certified Ambulance Coder and Certified Ambulance Compliance Officer and will soon be helping train the department in more thorough documentation to meet the new ICD-10 requirements.
Reno County EMS also recently participated in the Free Family Health Fair held at the Kansas State Fairgrounds providing blood pressure checks, answering questions regarding our services, and providing education regarding “hands-only CPR” and stroke awareness. Thank you to the many volunteers who helped that day.