The service chronicles listed below were published in the Winter 2018 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.
For the Halloween holiday, team members from Ellis County EMS were involved in the annual trick-or-treat on the bricks event in Hays. Everyone had a good time.
In additional news, Ellis County EMS now has a 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe that will be utilized as a first Response vehicle by shift supervisors.
Kiowa County EMS was awarded $1600 from the TransCanada Community Investment Grant to help purchase eight adult and four infant CPR mannequins that give immediate feedback while doing chest compressions. These mannequins will be used to teach CPR/AED First Aid to the freshman students at USD 422 - Kiowa County every year since it is now mandated that all students be taught CPR in order to graduate.
In October, Newton Fire/EMS Lieutenant Brett Butler traveled to Professional Ambulance Service in Texas and returned with a brand new Ford F-450 ambulance chassis, powered by a 6.7L power-stroke diesel coupled to one of the department’s previous Horton Boxes.
This marks a first for the department. Reasons include a significant increase in chassis mileage and a desire to explore the potential cost savings of remount. The department noticed an approximate 40% reduction in initial costs and while the jury is out on the process, crews appear to appreciate the finished product.
Reno County EMS has been busy this quarter! Fall always brings about many ways to interact with the community from standbys at football games to Halloween events. RCEMS also enjoyed the opportunity to precept several students at all certification levels and is looking forward to a new group after the first of the year.
In personnel news, Reno County EMS would like to welcome its newest members: Dakota Isaacson, Erica Cunningham, Tyler Gordon, and Ryan Souders. Also, they would to like to congrat Emily Salmans on her promotion to EMS Training Captain and Nathanael Hawkinson for being recognized as the Hutchinson Regional Medical Center Employee of the Quarter.
Lastly, RCEMS took delivery of a new member to their fleet, a 2018 Ford E450 Demers Type 3 ambulance.