Steve Lieberman has announced his resignation from San Luis Obispo EMS, effective November 14th. In early December, Steve will assume the position of Fire Chief/Executive Officer for the Five Cities Fire Authority in south San Luis Obispo County. In addition to his time with SLO EMS Agency, Steve has previous experience in the fire service and also served two terms on the Grover Beach City Council. His great sense of humor has become legendary among many of his fellow LEMSA directors. EMSAAC wishes Steve well as he transitions to the next chapter of his professional life.
EMSAAC has launched a new feature for Ebola-related news, information and resources. This page is intended as a resource for EMS managers, supervisors and responders to guide critical thinking and strategic activities in response to the Ebola threat. To access this content, go the the navigation bar at the top of our homepage and click on "Ebola".
Confirmation that two health care workers who treated an Ebola patient in a Dallas hospital have now contracted the disease has triggered a rigorous review of infectious disease protocols and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). All health care providers including EMS personnel are encouraged to review and practice the proper use of PPE with special attention to the safe donning and doffing of gowns, gloves, masks/respirators, and eye protection. While Ebola is known to be spread by direct contact with bodily fluids, on October 20th CDC published an updated Guidance for Health Care Workers on PPE for Ebola.
Additional guidance by CDC on PPE use is available at: CDC on Personal Protective Equipment
First Ebola Death in U.S. Confirmed Featured
A patient identified as the first reported case of Ebola in the U.S. has died in a Dallas hospital. Thomas Eric Duncan was a Liberian who traveled from Liberia to Texas in late September. Two health care workers who treated Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital later tested positive for the disease, but were successfully treated. The World Health Organization now reports the outbreak has resulted in over 4,900 deaths as of October 23rd.
The California EMS Authority has also published Ebola Guidance for EMS and Public Safety personnel at: California EMS Authority Guidance for Ebola
Nancy Lapolla has taken her managing skills to San Mateo County EMS Agency. Nancy is a veteran EMS Administrator with many years experience guiding the development of quality EMS systems in Santa Barbara County. She is also a Past President of EMSAAC and currently chairs EMSAAC's active Disaster Committee. Nancy started with San Mateo EMS on September 8th. EMSAAC wishes her well in her new post.
EMSAAC's Disaster Committee and a committee from the California Conference of Local Health Officers (CCLHO) are working together to gather best practices from local health departments and EMS agencies related to the Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator (MHOAC) program. CCHLO and EMSAAC will be requesting EMS agencies and Local Health Departments to share copies of their MHOAC plan, or sections of emergency plans that document how the MHOAC program goes from day-to-day operations to MHOAC activation for any or all of the 17 MHOAC functions. The RDMHS will be contacting the MHOAC programs in each region regarding this project. The findings will be shared only with the EMSAAC and CCLHO Disaster committees. These committees will then use the information to develop a MHOAC Plan template and tool kit.
Kern County has requested a hearing by the State Commission on EMS to appeal a decision by the EMS Authority regarding EMS exclusive operating areas in Kern. The basis for the appeal is EMSA's denial of Kern's determination of EOAs, grandfathering status for successor providers, and exclusivity for interfacility transfers. Under California's Health & Safety Code, the Commission may hear appeals from Local EMS Agencies regarding decisions by the Authority related to their local EMS Plan. In the absence of approved procedures for an appeal process to the Commission, Kern has also proposed a format for the hearing to EMSA.
UPDATE: The EMS Commission met on September 17th and appointed a sub-committee to make recommendations on a proposed appeals procedure to the full Commission at their next meeting in early December. Kern County's appeal will be deferred until the Commission adopts an appeals procedure.
Mike Dayton has been selected as EMS Manager for San Francisco EMS. As part of the Department of Emergency Management, Mike will oversee administrative activities for the EMS Division. He previously served as Undersecretary of the California Emergency Management Agency under Governor Jerry Brown. Born and raised in California's Central Valley, Mike worked at the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security since its inception in March of 2003. After the formation of Cal EMA, he served as the agency’s first Chief of Staff and Deputy Secretary until his promotion to Undersecretary. He also served briefly as Acting Secretary for the agency which is now the Governor's Office of Emergency Services. EMSAAC welcomes Mike to his new job!
David Magnino has been appointed Acting EMS Administrator for Sacramento County, replacing Bruce Wagner. He has over 20 years of EMS program management experience in California. David retired from the California Highway Patrol in December 2012 where his assignments included serving as EMS Coordinator for Air Operations and Director of the Paramedic Program. Prior to joining Sacramento County EMS in December 2013, Dave was also Project Lead for the California EMS Authority's Health Information Exchange Project that included a first-ever statewide summit on HIE held in November 2013. EMSAAC welcomes Dave to his newest assignment!