Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California

Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California

EmerPrepTraining July2016

California EMS Authority and California Department of Public Health are co-sponsoring an Emergency Preparedness Training Workshop on July 27-29 in Sacramento. For additional details, click on the link below:


Celia BarryCelia Barry has retired as EMS Administrator for Santa Cruz County EMS where she had worked for nearly 12 years. EMSAAC asked her to share some parting thoughts with us:
"I've worked in public service for 30 years, 25 of which have been with the County of Santa Cruz, 11.5 years in EMS. EMS has been the most interesting, most challenging and most fun part of my career. I'm proud of our 'small but mighty' EMS community. I truly believe that scarce resources have kept us focused on providing excellent patient care by constant, strong collaboration. We established our STEMI system almost four years ago and have experienced some remarkable saves with very quick 911-to-balloon times. We were among the first to receive permission to allow paramedics to administer flu vaccines during the H1N1 response. More than 20 medics were trained and gave vaccines to almost 700 responders, including 911 dispatchers, EMTs, paramedics, EMT students, and lifeguards. On a personal note, being a member of EMSAAC has been amazing. The EMS Administrators in California are a true force to be reckoned with, and I am so grateful to all of my colleagues for your support and mentorship. Your experience and wisdom were more helpful than you can imagine!"
Thank you, Celia. Enjoy retirement -- you will be missed!

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Warning symptoms, notably chest pain and dyspnea, occur during the 4 weeks preceding sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in at least half of cases involving middle-aged adults, suggests a new study. The warnings are usually ignored, observe researchers, with few patients phoning 911 in response to what is almost always a fatal event. The analysis based on the Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death (SUD) cohort was published online December 22, 2015 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Embassy Suites Garden Grove

EMSAAC's next Board of Directors' meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 15th at a new venue in Southern California -- Embassy Suites Anaheim South in Garden Grove. The EMS Commission meeting will also be held at the same location the following day. Be sure to fill out the EVENT REGISTRATION FORM and send it to Steve Carroll to help ensure an accurate count.

For overnight accommodations at the Embassy Suites, go to: RESERVATIONS

Fred ClaridgeFred Claridge has announced he will be leaving Alameda County in mid-January for a position with Monterey County EMS. In his role as Alameda's EMS Director, Fred has been overseeing a major system redesign project launched earlier this year to address dramatic shifts in economics for this large urban and suburban EMS system. This work could be a bellweather for other EMS systems facing economic uncertainty. The project is expected to culminate with an RFP seeking a new provider in the Fall of 2016. Fred will be moving his office south to work with Mike Petrie as an EMS Analyst, where his experience and skills will be highly valued. EMSAAC wishes our colleague the very best in his new role beginning January 25th.

EMSAThe EMS Authority has suspended the work of a special task force formed to create important draft regulations for EMS Systems in California. Members of the Chapter 13 Task Force were informed personally by EMSA Director, Dr. Howard Backer. "Chapter 13" refers to the yet-to-be-written new regulations in Title 22, Division 9 of the California Code of Regulations. In November the California Fire Chiefs Association, a member of the special working group, filed a federal lawsuit seeking clarification of key language in California's EMS statute. Concerns were expressed publicly by other task force members at the December meeting of the State Commission on EMS that the Fire Chiefs had violated the group's informal ground rules. Further work by the task force has now been suspended.


Four people were killed after a medical helicopter crashed while flying to a hospital in California Thursday night, officials said. The victims included the pilot, a nurse, a paramedic and a patient, Central California EMS Director Dan Lynch told reporters. The crew worked for SkyLife, a medical transport service jointly owned by American Ambulance and Rogers Helicopters. The SkyLife helicopter was traveling from Fresno to San Joaquin Community Hospital in Bakersfield, a 10-minute flight. A search was started at 7:37 p.m. after there was no contact with the aircraft for 30 minutes, NBC station KGET reported. Searchers later found a debris field and there were no survivors, Kern County Sheriff's Office Lt. Bill Smallwood officials told NBC News. Bad weather and rain hampered the efforts of searchers, an official with the Kern County Fire Department said.

EMSAAC extends our deepest sympathies to our EMS colleagues and the families of the victims.

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LA EMS logoLos Angeles County EMS has also just released their annual EMS System Data Report for 2015. This document presents quantitative information in graphic formats that summarize the delivery of emergency medical services in California's single largest local EMS system. To view this report click on the link below:

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DBurchDan Burch has been nominated to Chair the State Commission on EMS in 2016 by his fellow Commission members. At the EMS Commission meeting in San Francisco on December 2, the commissioners nominated officers for the coming year. The Commission meets quarterly and voting will take place in March. Dan is the EMS Administrator for San Joaquin County, and was appointed to the Commission for a three-year term by Governor Jerry Brown in 2013.

CCC EMSContra Costa County EMS has published its EMS System Performance Report for 2014. The report includes great information regarding their EMS system, and is presented in a format that is both visually appealing and easy to understand. This well-crafted document can be viewed here:

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