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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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California Fire Chiefs' Lawsuit Over EMS Statute Dismissed

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In November 2015, the California Fire Chiefs' Association (Cal Chiefs) filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court to resolve a long-standing dispute over interpretation of the law as it relates to anti-trust protection for cities and fire districts that were providing emergency medical services prior to California's EMS Act in 1980. The complaint named California EMS Authority Director, Dr. Howard Backer, and Chief Deputy Director, Dan Smiley, as defendants. A motion to dismiss the suit was subsequently filed by the defendants and granted by the District Court on December 26, 2016. In its ruling the Court found Cal Chiefs' complaint was "not ripe for adjudication". It is anticipated the Fire Chiefs may re-file their complaint based on recent legal challenges by AmeriCare Ambulance alleging anti-trust behavior by several cities in Orange County.
 
CFCA's original complaint and the Court's ruling can be found here: 
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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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EMSAAC's Legislative Committee Now Meeting Weekly

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EMSAAC's Legislative Committee conducts weekly "invitation only" conference calls to discuss bills of interest introduced in the current legislative session. The Committee includes representation from our legislative lobbyist, CHEAC, as well as the EMS Medical Directors Association of California (EMDAC). To participate, contact Committee Chair Dan Burch at: dburch@sjgov.org

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CSAC Honors Dan Burch With "Circle Of Service" Award

DBurch CSAC AwardOn Tuesday, December 13, 2016 Dan Burch was recognized by the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) with their Circle of Service Award. Mr. Burch, EMS Administrator for San Joaquin County EMS Agency and current Chair of EMSAAC's Legislative Committee, was recognized for his work and dedication representing the interests of counties in various EMS stakeholder processes and legislative issues.  EMSAAC is very proud of our colleague and congratulates Dan on this recognition!

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2016 California EMS Awards Presented

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Sam Stratton                                                                       Miles Julihn                                               Dr. Sam Stratton
The California EMS Authority recognized its 2016 EMS Award Recipients at a luncheon held on December 14th in San Francisco. This year's awardees included Miles Julihn from Marin County EMS, who was recognized as EMS Administrator of the Year, and Dr. Sam Stratton from Orange County EMS, who was honored as EMS Medical Director of the Year. The awards ceremony followed the quarterly meeting of the EMS Commission at the Marines' Memorial Club & Hotel. For a complete listing of this year's honorees, please go to:  2016 EMS AWARD RECIPIENTS     
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Contra Costa EMS Hosts First Annual Survivors' Reunion Celebration

CCC EMSOn November 9th, Contra Costa County EMS hosted its First Annual EMS Survivors' Reunion Program. For more information on this celebration and its honorees, click on the link below:

EMS SURVIVORS' REUNION PROGRAM

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EMSAAC's Annual Conference: May 9-10, 2017!

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May 9-10, 2017 at Loews Coronado Bay Resort!

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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.

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