The service chronicles listed below were published in the Winter 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.
Arkansas City Fire/EMS recently bought a new search and rescue watercraft. The Inmar 14-foot inflatable boat with outboard motor was delivered in August. Two ice rescue suits were bought at the same time.
The department has also been busy with various events. On Labor Day, staff and volunteers teamed up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association for their annual Fill the Boot Campaign. Firefighters filled their boots with donations from Arkansas City residents raising more than $1,900 for MDA. EMS Director, Jeri Smith and FF/Paramedic Joshua Bowker attended EMS World Expo in Las Vegas in October. This year for Fire Prevention Week, personnel dressed up as Sparky the Fire Dog and a fireman to present a skit and fun learning activities to local school children. More than 1,800 children in the area were reached, teaching them about two ways out of a room during a fire.
Ark City Fire/EMS recently hired four new personnel, including: Greg Peters, a firefighter/EMT from Oklahoma; Logon French, a firefighter/EMT from Wichita; Josiah Barkley, a firefighter/EMT from Wellington; and Dylan Grier, a firefighter/EMT from Wichita. Welcome everyone!
Butler County EMS has undergone some recent changes and restructuring. Lt. Malarie Umscheid is moving to part-time as she is expecting her third child and is planning on staying home. With her departure, BCEMS decided Lt. Joe Menadue will focus solely on training for the department, while Lt. Stuart Funk will take over the newly created Public Education & Outreach position. Captain Dillon McArthur will be transitioning into a newly created Quality Improvement Coordinator position. This restructuring creates an open Captain’s position, which was filled in November. BCEMS would also like to welcome EMT Justin Suarez, EMT Evan Seiwert, EMT Shelly Parton, and AEMT Josh Clevenger to the family.
In October, BCEMS took delivery of the first low-top Sprinter ambulance in the United States. The ambulance was manufactured by Osage Ambulances in Linn, MO. The goal of the unit is to increase the safety for technicians during transport while allowing them to still care for patients of all acuity levels. The ambulance is used as a primary 911 ambulance. Also in October, they sent six members of their ambulance design team to EMS World Expo in Las Vegas where their medium height Ford Transit was being showcased in the Osage Ambulance booth. There were lots of questions from all over the world about the new design, and Director Chad Pore was a panelist at the Ambulance Purchasing Conclave where safety was the primary topic. They will receive their third ambulance with this new design by the end of 2017.
Currently, the BCEMS station in El Dorado is receiving an external paint job. This is being done after a remodel of the inside, which took place over the summer increasing the crew bedrooms from two to four. They also made technology changes in their training room, replaced all flooring, and painted most of the inside of the building.
Leavenworth County EMS, Leavenworth City Fire Department, and Leavenworth County Fire Protection District 1 spent three nights in October preparing for one of the most common multiple casualty incidents responders face – motor vehicle collisions.
Jamie Miller, Director of Leavenworth County EMS, Assistant Chief Mike Shore of Leavenworth City Fire Department, and Lieutenant Joe Gates with District 1 Fire spent seven months planning and organizing the drill. Local businesses such as Logan Auto Repair & Towing of Easton, KS; Express Tow & Recovery of Platte City, MO; and Tow Rifik of Leavenworth donated vehicles that helped simulate the vehicles involved in the incidents. Mark Linaweaver with Linaweaver Construction in Lansing, KS supplied heavy equipment to help move the vehicles into position for three different collision scenarios.
During the three-night event, responders comprising the three working shifts for all of the departments had to work through establishing a unified command, initial triage, simple and complex extrication scenarios, and transport decisions for as few as 14 and as many as 16 patients. Live, moulaged volunteers as young as 9 years old as well as training mannequins served as the injured patients for the incidents.
With simulation based training becoming the standard in EMS response, Director Miller hopes to include more tabletop exercises as well as additional scenario based training for EMS to improve coordinated responses in these difficult situations.
LifeTeam is pleased to announce Education Manager Jodi Cregger has been named the 2017 Distinguished Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse. This prestigious award, given by the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing was presented to Cregger at the annual Emergency Nursing Conference in St. Louis, Mo. Sept. 16. The BCEN award is given to a candidate who makes an extraordinary effort to promote education, professional development, and dedication to patient care for themselves, colleagues, patients, and customers.
Cregger joined LifeTeam as a flight nurse in June 2003 and has since become the Education Manager and Medical Base Manager at LifeTeam’s Hutchinson location. In addition to managing internal education for LifeTeam employees and outreach education for hospitals, Cregger is also heavily involved in the community and is a board member of the Kansas Emergency Nurses Association. Cregger also won the 2016 Kansas EMT Association Jeff Landgraf Educator of the Year award for her outstanding dedication to pediatric education in Kansas.
The Lyon County City of Emporia Ambulance Service took delivery of two ambulances in September 2017 courtesy of American Emergency Vehicles (AEV) and American Response Vehicles (ARV). The new additions to the fleet are 2017 Dodge 5500 four-wheel drive chassis with a custom designed patient compartment. The service’s specifications committee made several changes to these two trucks compared to current trucks in the fleet.
Changes include: installation of a mobile video recording system with front facing and patient area cameras, addition of a custom bumper/brush guard, a switch from an air ride system to adjustable liquid spring rear suspension system, relocated HVAC condenser from under the truck to the front of the patient compartment body, addition of Stryker power load systems, replaced curb side bench seat with an attendant seat with 6-point restraint system, and revealed a new paint scheme.
With these additions, the service now has four ARV ambulances in the fleet. There were several deciding factors before selecting AEV/ARV as the vendor for these purchases. One of the most important factors considered was safety. AEV is known as a leader in ambulance safety and conducts some of the most stringent testing in the industry. This testing includes static load testing above what is required by Federal Specifications on their modular bodies and modular body crash testing. One of the other appealing features is the patient compartment attendant 6-point restraint system. This system has been dynamically pull tested to 17,500 pounds when only a 2,500-pound test is required.
The service has been very satisfied with the level of customer service received from start to finish on this project from ARV, as well as the level of customer service provided post-delivery. The service’s ambulance committee will be taking into consideration feedback from technicians to make improvements as future ambulances are designed.
MED-ACT added five new paramedics to their team in October. They would like to welcome John “Jay” Reynolds, Alexander Sebring, Colin Jokisch, Michael Whim, and Nicholas Knox to their operations. They look forward to many years of service and camaraderie with these new paramedics.
MED-ACT would like to congratulate Captain Maria Beerman-Foat on her advancement to Battalion Chief, which started September 18. Maria has been with MED-ACT for 18 years, and they look forward to her continued service through this new position.
MED-ACT is also excited to announce a new addition to their headquarters administrative staff. Nicole Rich comes to them from the private sector finance world with more than 20 years of experience. They are excited to have her on board.