The service chronicles listed below were published in the Summer 2022 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.
Chase County EMS announces the retirement of EMT William (Bill) Luder. Bill has faithfully served the Chase County community as a volunteer member of the EMS team for more than 40 years. No one can remember his exact start date, but many community members remember Bill coming on board during the initial forming of the agency in the early 1980s. Bill’s last duty shift, per his request, concluded at 0400 hours on April 18, 2022. The CCEMS crew provided him with a Chamber of Commerce gift certificate, which was followed by a special proclamation by the Chase County Commissioners on April 29, 2022. Anyone wishing to send Bill congratulations on his retirement, may send it to Chase County EMS at PO Box 568, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845.
Brandon Beck has been appointed the new Fire Chief for the Emporia Fire Department. Chief Beck has been with the Emporia Fire Department since 1993, serving first as a volunteer fire fighter, then starting full time service with the Department in 1998. Chief Beck was named the Assistant Fire Chief in December of 2007, and has overseen the Department’s EMS program, continuing education, and the Department’s quality assurance process. Chief Beck holds a Master of Science in Executive Fire Leadership Degree from Grand Canyon University, Bachelor of General Studies Degree from Emporia State University, and an Associate Degree (Paramedic) from Flint Hills Technical College. Chief Beck was a member of the 2013 Leadership Emporia Class, serves as Chair of the Joint City/County Traffic Safety Committee, is the former President of the Kansas Emergency Medical Services Association, and serves as the Team Commander for the Kansas Major Emergency Response Group.
Chief Beck becomes the first internal candidate promoted to Fire Chief since Chief Claude Lang, who began his career with the Emporia Fire Department in 1946 as a firefighter and served as the Department’s Chief from 1958-1990. Chief Beck replaces Chief Jack Taylor who retired after 20 years of service in Emporia and had previously served as the Chief of the Liberal, Kansas Fire Department.
Ellsworth County EMS received a generous donation of multiple stuffed animals from Becoming Girls. Stuffed animals and other toys are utilized when caring for pediatric patients. This helps the child to relax if they are scared and/or hurt/sick. Ellsworth County EMS would like to thank the girls for this donation, and the stuffed animals went straight to the trucks!
Miami County EMS is proud to announce several accomplishments this year. In January, a twelve-hour flex truck was added to the system, which also included the addition of four more personnel. This has been a valuable asset to the system during peak call volume times. Miami County EMS is also adding a new ambulance in late 2022.
Miami County EMS has been very busy with training this year. In March, they added ultrasound to all their ambulances. A hands-on training course with Sabrina Starns with POCUSMed was given before ultrasounds were implemented. The crews are also obtaining a certification in EMS POCUS. There will be additional training later this year with POCUS as well.
A vast majority of the paramedics are currently taking a critical care paramedic course. A review course and exam prep class will be held in-house in June. Within the next year, all paramedics at Miami County EMS will be enrolled in the critical care course. They feel this will assist their paramedics with providing the best care possible during potentially long transports.
AMR and Wesley Healthcare joined forces on March 1, 2022 to provide interfacility transfers within the Wesley/HCA Healthcare system in Sedgwick County, KS. With three 2022 Type III ambulances, the Wesley Medical Center branded ambulances have hit the streets.
All three ambulances are ALS staffed with critical care equipment. AMR is the first service in the State of Kansas to use the Tempus Pro ECG monitors. AMR is excited to be a part of Sedgwick County and continuing to build strong relationships with Wesley Healthcare.