Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California

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John Eaglesham to Retire from Santa Barbara EMS

EagleshamJohn Eaglesham is heading to the beach with newly purchased kayaks in an attempt at retirement. John began his career in EMS in 1972 working for Montclair Volunteer Ambulance Unit in Montclair, New Jersey. In 1976, while attending UCSB and working evenings at a local hospital, John saw “newly patched” paramedics bringing patients into the emergency department. This stimulated John to complete a local community college EMT program, and in 1979 he attended Daniel Freeman Hospital School for Paramedics. "Everyone was quick to tell me EMS was not a career and a paramedic would only last 5 years in the system. Even employers would tell you that. Well that was 38 years ago. I witnessed EMS start from disparate volunteer services, to complete systems of care we enjoy today. And along the way, EMS developed into a career that anyone would proud of. I wish my friends and colleagues in EMSAAC and the EMS community the best as you do the very important work of advocating for EMS, protecting and improving high functioning systems and preparing California to respond to public health emergencies and disasters”.  EMSAAC wishes John the best in his retirement.

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National EMS Memorial Bike Ride Coming in September!

BikeRideLogoThe National EMS Memorial Bike Ride, Inc. honors EMS personnel by organizing and implementing long distance cycling events to celebrate and remember those who serve every day, those who have become sick or injured while performing their duties, and those who have died in the line of duty. The West Coast portion of the ride begins September 25th in Reno and concludes on September 30th in San Francisco.

Want to ride yourself? Click here for details.

Want to meet the riders? Come to a ceremony at the California EMS Authority in Rancho Cordova on September 28th from 7:30 - 8:15 am.

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NAEMT Releases Report on EMS Preparedness for Disasters and Mass Casualty Incidents

NAEMTThe National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) recently released a report, National Survey on EMS Preparedness for Disaster and Mass Casualty Incident Response, based on the results of a 2016 national survey of EMS practitioners and managers. The findings offer insight into the level of proficiency and training of EMS practitioners who provide the medical response expected by communities during disasters and mass casualty incidents.

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2017 Mission Lifeline Awards Announced

AHA Mission LifelineThis week the American Heart Association began notifying local EMS Systems and EMS Providers they have been selected to receive this year's MISSION: LIFELINE EMS award in recognition of sustained excellence in cardiac care. This is the 10th year for this program which promotes systems of care for heart attack patients. In California, the following local EMS Systems are being recognized for prompt recognition, intervention and treatment of patients with ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI):
  • CONTRA COSTA - SILVER
  • LOS ANGELES - GOLD
  • MARIN - GOLD PLUS
  • NAPA - SILVER PLUS
  • SAN LUIS OBISPO - SILVER PLUS
  • SAN MATEO - SILVER
  • SANTA BARBARA - GOLD
  • SIERRA-SACRAMENTO VALLEY - SILVER PLUS
  • VENTURA - GOLD
  • YOLO - GOLD
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GAO Publishes New Study on Pediatric Trauma Centers

Pedi TraumaThe Government Accounting Office (GAO) has published a report on Pediatric Trauma Centers that summarizes pediatric trauma care in the U.S. Click on the link below for a copy of this report:

PEDIATRIC TRAUMA CENTERS

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Anti-Trust Challenge by AmeriCare in Orange County Dismissed

AmericareAmeriCare Ambulance's combined complaint against twelve cities in Orange County (CA) for alleged anti-trust behavior has been dismissed by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The 12 cities had either provided or contracted for emergency ambulance services prior to June 30, 1980. In its dismissal action on March 28th, the Court ruled these cities are entitled to anti-trust protection under California's Health & Safety Code, Division 2.5, Section 1797.201. An appeal by AmeriCare to the 9th Circuit District Court of Appeals is expected. The Court's ruling is found below:
 
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California Fire Chiefs Withdraw Lawsuit Over EMS Statute

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As a result of the recent dismissal of a complaint by AmeriCare Ambulance by the U.S. District Court regarding anti-trust issues in Orange County (CA), the California Fire Chiefs' Association has now withdrawn a complaint it filed in federal court on January 18, 2017. The new complaint alleged violations of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act by California EMS Authority officials. EMS Authority Director, Dr. Howard Backer, and Chief Deputy Director, Dan Smiley, were named as defendants.
 
In November 2015, the Fire Chiefs had filed a previous lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California to resolve a long-standing dispute over interpretation of lawmakers' intent regarding anti-trust protection for cities and fire districts that were providing emergency medical services prior to enactment of California's EMS Act in 1980. In that case, the defendants' motion to dismiss was granted by the District Court on December 26, 2016.
 
CFCA's complaints and the Court's ruling can be found below: 
 
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San Diego County Appoints New EMS Administrator

andy parr 199x300San Diego County has announced the appointment of Andrew (Andy) Parr to replace Marcy Metz, who retired last year. Andy is a former fire chief for Lakeside Fire Protection District in east San Diego County, and has been involved in EMS most of his 37 year career. He most recently worked for the County's Health & Human Services Agency as Fire/EMS Liaison. For additional information, please download the press release below. EMSAAC is pleased to welcome our newest colleague and Board member!
 

 

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UC Berkeley Publishes Report on California's Private Sector EMS Workers

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The UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education has published a new report that finds many of California's private sector EMTs and Paramedics suffer from low wages and poor working conditions. Researchers from UC Berkeley and UCLA found that 22% of the State's EMS workers are employed by private ambulance companies that operate 81% of all EMS ambulances. Employee retention, turnover, effects of post-traumatic stress disorder, part-time work schedules, and inadequate training are also cited as challenges in the industry.
Follow this link for a copy of this report:  UC BERKELEY EMS WORKER REPORT
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Governor Reappoints Dan Burch to EMS Commission

DBurchOn January 9th Governor Brown announced the reappointment of Dan Burch to the California Commission on Emergency Medical Services, where he has served since 2013. Mr. Burch has been EMS Administrator at the San Joaquin County Emergency Medical Services Agency since 2005. He was a coordinator at the Tuolumne County Emergency Medical Services Agency from 1997 to 2005 and a quality improvement coordinator at the Alpine, Mother Lode, San Joaquin Emergency Medical Services Agency from 1991 to 1997. Mr. Burch served as a hospital corpsman 3rd class in the U.S. Navy from 1984 to 1986. He is a member of the Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California and the American Legion Post 108. EMSAAC congratulates our colleague on his reappointment to this important role.

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