Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California

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Dr. Bruce Haynes to Retire from San Diego County EMS

Bruce Haynes

After many years of dedicated service to the County of San Diego as the Emergency Medical Services Medical Director, Dr. Bruce Haynes has decided to retire in September.  Dr. Haynes has been a part of the San Diego EMS family for many years and we will miss his calming presence and his smile in our day to day operations.

Over the years Dr. Haynes has implemented the STEMI and Stroke Systems of Care, has seen the county through numerous disasters including the 2007 and 2011 fire storms, the HINI pandemic, Southern CA Black Out, and other significant events impacting the community.  He has ensured that patient protocols are evidence based and annually reviewed for needed revisions so that the residents and visitors to the community will receive optimal emergency care.  He is among the esteemed group of physicians who have received the EMS Medical Director of the Year Award by the California EMS Authority.

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CAA Files Complaint with Alameda County Board of Supervisors

CAAThe California Ambulance Association has filed a complaint with Alameda's Board of Supervisors regarding the proposed formation of a business partnership between Alameda County Fire Department and a private ambulance company. CAA's concern is that the partnership or "alliance" would position ACFD to participate in an upcoming competitive bidding process for an exclusive ambulance operating zone to be conducted by the EMS Agency, and would prohibit the private partner from submitting its own proposal for the exclusive service separately.  Since the Supervisors also sit as the Board of Directors for the dependent fire district formed in 1993, CAA contends there is an inherent conflict of interest in this matter for the elected officials. CAA further believes this action will effectively preempt the upcoming RFP process. The CAA also protested a similar parallel process that occurred in Contra Costa County in 2015.
 
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Mental Health Crisis in Emergency Services?

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Amidst growing concern about the mental health of emergency medical service (EMS) professionals, a Fitch & Associates’ Ambulance Service Manager Program project team surveyed more than 4,000 EMS and fire professionals in 2015 about critical stress, suicide, and available support and resources. The results were stark. Among survey respondents, 37 percent reported contemplating suicide—nearly 10 times the overall rate among American adults. Additionally, 6.6 percent of survey respondents had attempted suicide, compared to just 0.5 percent of adults nationally.
Mental health issues are not limited to the EMS workforce. According to the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance, at least 759 firefighters have committed suicide since 2012. In law enforcement, estimates suggest between 125 and 300 police officers commit suicide every year. These numbers should be a wake-up call, not only for every emergency medical technician (EMT), paramedic, firefighter, police officer, and emergency telecommunicator (sometimes called dispatchers or call-takers), but also for agency leaders and county and city officials who work with them. [excerpt from PM Magazine, May 2016]
 
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REACH Air Medical Services & CALSTAR To Merge

REACH CALSTARREACH Air Medical Services (REACH) and CALIFORNIA SHOCK TRAUMA AIR RESCUE (CALSTAR), two of the preeminent air medical ambulance providers in Northern and Central California for three decades, are entering into an agreement that will place CALSTAR within the same corporate holding company as REACH (“REACH Medical Holdings LLC”). In a joint announcement today, Sean Russell, REACH President, and Lynn Malmstrom, CALSTAR CEO, said the air medical operation of CALSTAR will become a limited liability company as part of the terms of the agreement, and will operate under the current CALSTAR brand as CALSTAR Air Medical Services LLC. The parties intend to better serve the community through their united efforts. CALSTAR Air Medical Services LLC will continue to operate with its own unique brand and flight nurse staffing model. REACH and CALSTAR officials foresee no base closures with the goal being to focus on integration, support and maintaining the services that have made both organizations successful. No other decisions have been made related to services.  [excerpt from press release]

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2016 Conference Presentations and Photos Now Available!

Conference Logo Plain EMSAAC wishes to thank all of our wonderful sponsors, exhibitors and attendees that made this year's conference such a success. And kudos to our fine Conference Committee chaired by President Byran Cleaver for a great job producing another informative and valuable conference!

To review available presentations from our speakers go to:  PRESENTATIONS   

To view some fun photos of the conference go to:  CONFERENCE PHOTOS

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EMSAAC's Executive Committee for 2016-17

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Congratulations to EMSAAC's new Executive Committee! As of July 1, 2016 the Committee includes:
President - Bryan Cleaver, Coastal Valleys EMS
President Elect - Michael Petrie, Monterey County EMS
Secretary - Steve Carroll, Ventura County EMS
Treasurer - Vickie Pinette, Sierra-Sacramento EMS
Immediate Past President - Dan Lynch, Central California EMS
EMS Commissioner - Dan Burch, San Joaquin EMS
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Dan Burch Elected to Chair State EMS Commission

DBurchDan Burch has been elected to Chair the State Commission on EMS in 2016 by his fellow Commission members. At the Commission meeting on March 16th in Garden Grove, the commissioners confirmed its officers for the coming year. Dan is currently the EMS Administrator for San Joaquin County, and was appointed to the Commission for a three-year term by Governor Jerry Brown in 2013. EMSAAC commends Dan for his consistent and valued leadership in statewide EMS issues!

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San Benito County Names Kris Mangano As New EMS Coordinator

ManganoKris Mangano has been appointed EMS Coordinator for San Benito County EMS. She replaces Marcie Morrow and brings 12 years of experience in Emergency Medical Services with her. Kris' experience includes working in the field as an EMT, attending a paramedic training program, and overseeing the 911 system for American Medical Response (AMR) in San Benito County. Most recently she worked as an EMS Specialist with San Benito's Office of Emergency Services. Kris is looking forward to the challenges of leading the EMS Agency, and is eager to work with her fellow LEMSA Administrators. EMSAAC welcomes Kris to her new job!
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Vince Pierucci Appointed EMS Director for San Luis Obispo County

PierucciAs of February 8, 2016, Vince Pierucci became the new EMS Director for San Luis Obispo County. Vince began his EMS career in 1993 as an EMT for Hall Ambulance in Kern County. In 1998 he became a paramedic and quickly expanded his work as a field training officer and EMS educator. In 2011, Vince transitioned into EMS administration when he went to work for Kern County EMS Agency as EMS Coordinator and Regional Disaster Medical Health Specialist (RDMHS) for OES Region V. He later promoted to Senior EMS Coordinator at Kern County EMS and was responsible for the Public Health Emergency Preparedness program. Welcome to EMSAAC, Vince!
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UPDATE: Motion Filed to Dismiss Fire Chiefs Lawsuit Over California EMS Statute

CFCA logoOn November 12, 2015, the California Fire Chiefs Association filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court naming two California EMS Authority executives as defendants in a long-standing dispute over interpretation of statutory language related to cities and fire districts that were providing EMS prior to implementation of the EMS Act in 1980. The suit named California EMS Authority Director, Dr. Howard Backer, and Chief Deputy Director, Dan Smiley, as defendants.
 
On January 19th a motion to dismiss the suit was filed by the defendants' attorney. The motion was heard on February 25th. A ruling by the court is pending.
 
For a full text of CFCA's complaint go to:  CFCA COMPLAINT
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