Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California

Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California

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National EMS Memorial Bike Ride Coming in September!

BikeRideLogoThe National EMS Memorial Bike Ride, Inc. honors Emergency Medical Services personnel by organizing and implementing this long distance cycling event to memorialize and celebrate the lives of those who serve everyday, those who have become sick or injured while performing their duties, and those who have died in the line of duty. Come meet 30+ registered riders near the fountain at the California Emergency Medical Services Authority, 10901 Gold Center Drive on Thursday September 29, from 8:15 am - 9:00 am!


AmeriCare Ambulance Challenges Exclusivity Claim by Huntington Beach

AmericareOn August 29, 2016 AmeriCare Ambulance filed suit against the City of Huntington Beach (CA) for restricting ambulance services within the city's boundaries. AmeriCare's complaint was filed in U.S. District Court, and the company has demanded a jury trial. The City of Huntington Beach claims it has legal authority to provide exclusive 911 ambulance services under a "grandfathering" provision in California's Health & Safety Code, Division 2.5, Section 1797.201. In 2010, EMSAAC published a position paper on this controversial statutory language.

San Diego County EMS Bids Farewell to Marcy Metz

MarcyMetzMarcy Metz retired as Chief of EMS for San Diego County EMS on September 2nd. She graciously shares some parting thoughts about her legacy with us:
"Together with Dr. Haynes and the EMS team, we have been through numerous disaster incidents including: the 2007 and 2011 wild fires, H1N1 pandemic, Southern CA black out, heat activations and healthcare capacity events. These incidents have improved our emergency medical preparedness and response services. Through our efforts with community partners we have trained over 13,000 citizens in Hands Only CPR over the past 5 years, established STEMI and Stroke systems of care, and raised community awareness of stroke prevention and symptom awareness. We recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of San Diego's trauma care system and its enviable overall survivor rate of 98%. Over the years many changes were made in our EMS system to improve the care to those in need of 9-1-1 services. And finally, we are very proud of the role EMS played in the County's recent Public Health Department accreditation.
Some of you may recall that Marcy's husband survived a life-threatening illness in late 2015. We wish them both the very best as they begin a new chapter in their lives together!

2016 EMS Trend Report

EMS Trend ReportIn this special report, from Fitch & Associates in cooperation with EMS1 and the National EMS Management Association, see how your agency compares to others around the country. The issue also features analysis and reaction from EMS experts about the importance of performance measurement and paramedic degree requirements, as well as roundtable discussion about the most interesting findings of the EMS Trend Report, how those findings might be best applied and what we might expect to see in future years.


Ventura County Welcomes New EMS Medical Director

Ventura CountyVentura County has announced that Dr. Daniel Shepherd has been appointed Medical Director for the Ventura County EMS Agency effective immediately. He will be assuming the duties of Dr. Angelo Salvucci, who will become Assistant EMS Medical Director. Dr. Shepherd was raised in Ojai and graduated from Nordhoff High School. His first exposure to EMS was as a California State Lifeguard in Ventura and at the State Vehicle Recreation Area in Oceano. He also worked on the ambulance while attending University of California at Santa Barbara. He then attended medical school at the Pennsylvania State College of Medicine and completed Emergency Medicine training at University of California San Francisco and San Francisco General Hospital. Dr. Shepherd works in the emergency departments at Cottage Santa Barbara and Goleta Valley Hospitals, and also serves as the Medical Director for the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire District and the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

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