The service chronicles listed below were published in the Spring 2021 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.
Arkansas City Fire/EMS would like to welcome Hannah Hotmar, Paramedic; Daniel Dedrick, Paramedic; and Isaac Hobbs, EMT to the department.
In December, Ark City Fire/EMS upgraded their ambulance cots to the Stryker Power Load System. This was a much-needed change, and they would like to thank Bryce Wheeler, Stryker and Casey Stephenson, Stephenson Automotive for their assistance with this project.
Arkansas City Fire/EMS would also like to thank the staff for all their dedication and hard work. They always go the extra mile to make sure that shifts are covered, and the service appreciates them and all that they do.
Butler County EMS had some recent ventilation training from one of their own, Paramedic Preston White, who gave a great vent theory class. BCEMS was able to follow this up by having two Zoll Clinical Deployment Specialists, Eric Kessler and Sarah Pierce, who helped connect vent theory to the Zoll Z Vent operation. The service’s new Zoll Z vents are on the ambulances and ready for use by fully trained and competent staff.
Butler County EMS has been saddened at the loss of two Butler County EMS Alumni this year. Our condolences go out to the families of Joe Morgan Megredy and Joseph Joe Moreland.
Joe Morgan Megredy, 57, of rural Leon, died Dec. 19, 2020, in a tree-cutting accident east of Leon, Kan. Joe was a paramedic with BCEMS for more than 25 years and was the assistant director of Butler County EMS before leaving in 2007. He also taught emergency medical service classes at Butler Community College and served on the Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services for 16 years.
Joseph “Joe” E Moreland III, 65, passed away after losing his battle to cancer after nine and half years on Jan. 8, 2021. Joe was a founding member of both EMS and the Rescue Squad in Butler County. After serving in the capacity of EMT, EMICT, Instructor/Coordinator (the first instructor classes in Kansas) and Assistant EMS Director, he left Butler County EMS to serve as an RN at the St. Francis Burn Center, then went on to the Kansas Board of EMS. Joe also worked as a planning and policy analyst for the Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services.
Butler County EMS finished up the second round of COVID vaccine shots with the majority of staff completing this process in the month of January. Thank you, Butler County Health Department for your help in this. Butler County EMS is also a part of the COVID taskforce involved with helping Butler County Health Department by providing medical standby for their COVID Vaccine Clinics in case of any adverse reactions.
BCEMS will be performing the Final Inspection on their three new Type 1 Ambulances. They have continued working on a patient compartment interior design, which will be safer for the crews and patients. They choose type 1 ambulances allowing them to transport more than one patient at a time safely. They will be receiving two of these ambulances for everyday operations plus one High-Risk Infection Control type 1 Ambulance, which will have an Isolated cab area, anti-microbial LED lighting, High-capacity negative air system, multi-stage HEPA filters, and anti-microbial surfaces. This unit will help combat not only the COVID virus, but all types of infectious viruses they may encounter while treating and transporting patients. They will continue to utilize both type 1 and type 2 ambulances.
Lastly, BCEMS has welcomed aboard some new family members: EMT Steve Ash, EMT Shelby Cairns, Billing Specialist Stephanie Wallace, and EMT Jessica Wheaton.
Miltonvale EMS has been very busy this past year. They have a dedicated staff that is always looking to enhance service to the residents in their community and add efficiency to their operations. Chris McNeil recently built a portable locker system for the staff. EMT class started at the beginning of January, and they have five students from Miltonvale in that class. They are super excited to be able to add to their staff this spring.
Miltonvale EMS has been awarded a $7,647 Wind Farm grant from Cloud County to purchase 10 new digital radios for the new staff coming on board. They also headed up a local project to provide all businesses in Miltonvale with a Victory Electrostatic Sprayer and solution. The project was funded through three local entities and 13 sprayers were distributed for a total of approximately $8,000. A special thank you goes to Miltonvale Lions Club, Miltonvale Senior Citizens, and the Miltonvale Development Corporation for funding the community project.