KEMSA Chronicle - Service chronicles

The service chronicles listed below were published in the Winter 2020 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.

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Arkansas City EMS Department

Big changes have been made at Arkansas City Fire/EMS Department. Chief Wolfe, who served the department for eight years, said his goodbyes and left for retirement. A permanent Fire Chief has not been determined yet, however, the city asked a former member of the department, Les Parks, to come out of his retirement to act as interim Chief until the city is able to hire a new Chief.  They also have had some new faces join their crew. They are pretty excited about each and every one of them and hope to find a few more in the near future so that they can be fully staffed.  The department and the local Police Department recently joined forces to do a fundraiser related to Breast Cancer Awareness and the results were great! They did a t-shirt fundraiser and sold even more than they had hoped. The community really stepped up in a big way.  The department found two recipients with local ties to the community whom are battling cancer and all proceeds from the t-shirt sales were distributed evenly to them.

In other exciting news, they were able to purchase a new, Ford 158 E450 Super Duty Cutaway ambulance, now known as Medic 57. This was a much-needed purchase for the department.

The City of Arkansas City also recently gave them the opportunity to create a paramedic only position. In the past, these positions have been combined with fire. Because of this new position, they were able to hire two very qualified paramedics, and they are confident that they will be able to hire more in the near future.

Chase County EMS

Chase County EMS has obtained two Lucas Chest Compression devices from Stryker through a Community Cares Act grant. The agency’s staff received formal training on these items from the vendor on Oct. 6, 2020 followed by immediate placement on the ambulances.  Chase County EMS’ first use of the device occurred on Oct. 19, 2020.

Franklin County EMS

Franklin County EMS would like to take the time to thank all of their employees for their diligent, hard-work during this pandemic. Your dedication to the organization is beyond belief. Also, Franklin County EMS would like to announce that two of their employees have been promoted to the position of Captain: Jason Ryburn, EMT-P and Christopher Stark, EMT-P.  Also, Franklin County EMS has continued to grow in 2020 and would like to welcome the following individuals to their team: Christopher Coffey, EMT; Daniel Blom, EMT-P; Hailey Bignall, EMT; Jacob Hensel, EMT; Matthew Russ, EMT; Mitchell Moore, EMT; Shane Baker, EMT; Jonathan Jackson, EMT, Mick Piszczek, EMT-P; and Abigail Truman, AEMT.

Kingman EMS

Kingman EMS has been busy this year! They only experienced a brief slow down resulting from COVID-19 earlier in the year, but they have since become busier than ever. So far, they are trending for a record number of calls and will break 800 calls for the first time.

Kingman EMS was awarded SPARK funding for a new ambulance. They have placed the order with FR Conversions for a new Type II ambulance on a Ram Promaster chassis. The new unit is designed with COVID-19 at the front of the design. It will incorporate UV lighting for surface disinfection, a Zoll Ventilator, and a sealed bulkhead. They plan to take delivery of the new unit in December 2020.

Kingman EMS would like to congratulate April Lord, AEMT and Maddi Rhodes, EMT for successfully graduating their paramedic programs. Both are currently prepping for their certification exams. April is a graduate of the Cowley County paramedic program, and Maddie is a graduate of the Hutchinson paramedic program.  They would also like to wish farewell to Walt Smith, EMT who resigned his full-time position to move to Oklahoma after his wife accepted a PA position in a rural hospital.

Northwest Kansas Ambulance Service

Northwest Kansas Ambulance Service unveiled a new logo and branding program for the service.  This has started a professional transformation of the service that includes: a Leadership structure of EMS chief, battalion chief, shift captains, and lieutenant positions. The ambulances are also being transitioned to a fleet of Type 1 ambulances for 911 and Type 2 for long distance transports, with all Zoll X series, Zoll Auto Pulses, on board WIFI with surface laptops, Zoll Z vent, and Stryker power cots and loading system.

The new logo and legend for symbolism and meaning:           

  • The Shield- Coat of Arms that symbolizes Family and Organization
  • Colors
    Blue- Truth and Loyalty
    Silver- Peace and Sincerity
    Gold- Standard of which they are measured against for success, achievement and quality
  • Compass- Giving direction as a team with common goals with a steady course.
  • EKG- Heart and Compassion to deliver the best practice not just to the patient but extended to the family and loved ones.
  • Compass Rose- Rose of the Winds, represents spiritual direction, awakening and discovery. Serves as navigation of the journey life’s path crossing with someone else’s that needs your talents, and compassion what could be their worst day.
  • Northwest- 315 degrees on the compass, representing the strive for excellence for higher elevation of its care in pre-hospital and transfer medicine in the region.
  • Signature of the County of Sherman- Trust of safe operations, and positive impact on the health and wellbeing of its citizens and surrounding communities with lifesaving care and transport.

Anticipation is high to receive their second new custom Type 2 Transit Ambulance from Osage this year. This unit was custom designed for the long-distance transport for comfort for the patient and provider along with savings on operating costs.  The biggest items they enjoy are the upgraded seats in the captain and airway positions.  The DVD player with wireless headphones and redesigned interior allow more patient room and feeling of a larger space.

Recently awarded to AEV was a Type 1 Ford 550 4x4 custom ambulance build. This ambulance will be delivered in late 2020 with specialized infectious disease precautionary equipment. Additional equipment added in the last few months through grants includes: retro mounted UV lights by Osage for all ambulances, and the Clean Space Halo Air Respirator equipment for each crew member. This has been a record setting year for the program and already has exceeded last year’s call volume and revenues from 2019 as they look for even a busier volume coming into the winter months.

The biggest announcement the service has is that its currently expanding its transport capabilities with the addition of full-time crew members.  These additions will allow for three ambulances in a ready alert status for Sherman County and surrounding facilities. The time savings for answering the transfer request have been huge. If you are interested in a full-time or a reserve position of EMT, AEMT or paramedic, please email mjohnson@shemancountyks.gov.

Winfield Fire/EMS

Winfield Fire/EMS hosted a groundbreaking for their new Public Safety Center: Fire/EMS Addition on Oct. 29.  Senator Alley and Representative Helmer stopped by for the ceremony.This $4.1 M addition adds approximately 13,000 sq. ft. to the existing facility that was built in 1886-- one of the oldest fire stations west of the Mississippi still in its original use.

The project includes six large apparatus bays, a training tower, decontamination areas for firefighter and paramedic gear, and improved site drainage.  The four-story tower is designed to flow water internally, allow rappelling, laying hose line, small space rescue, ladder truck training, and various other rescue training scenarios.  The project is funded by an 87% voter approved Sales Tax Question.

Architect- Agora Architecture
Architect- McClasin, Wilson &. Lawrie Architects
Contractor- Coonrod & Associates Construction
Special thanks to all those making this project a reality:
Citizens of Winfield
Patrick Steward, City Engineer
Brenda Peters, City Clerk
Vince Warren, Fire Chief
Winfield Firefighters

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