Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California

Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California

EMS Compass

EMS Compass has now released its first draft EMS Performance Measures for public review and comments. To view the draft, go to: http://emscompass.org/ems-compass-measures/  These initial draft performance measures are limited and focus on the treatment of Hypoglycemia, Stroke and Seizure. The public comment period ends on May 6, 2016.

Funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of EMS and led by the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO), the EMS Compass initiative has engaged a wide range of EMS stakeholders to develop performance measures that are relevant to EMS agencies, regulators, and patients. The measures will be based on the latest version of the National EMS Information System (NEMSIS) and will allow local and state EMS systems to use their own data meaningfully. For more information on this innovative effort, visit their website at: EMS Compass

EMSAAC's Board of Directors will conduct a closed session Board meeting on Monday, May 9th 1:00-5:00 PM, just prior to the start of our conference in San Diego. This meeting is for Board Members only. Please see your email from April 20, 2016 for a draft agenda from EMSAAC Secretary Steve Carroll.

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EMSAAC's annual conference is coming soon! Don't forget to register today. Registration fees will increase on May 1st! For online registration, go to: REGISTRATION

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!

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!
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!

ASPR logoThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistance Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) has just announced the availability of a new information sharing portal called Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE). ASPR's TRACIE is a healthcare emergency preparedness information gateway that ensures all stakeholders at the federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government levels and non-profit and for-profit organizations have access to information and resources to improve preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation efforts. For more information download the fact sheet below:

TRACIE Fact Sheet

FEMAPlanning is fundamental for our national preparedness. We use planning to engage the whole community in the development of executable strategic, operational, and tactical approaches to meet defined objectives. The National Planning System provides a unified approach and common terminology to plan for all-threats and hazards and across all mission areas of Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery. In addition, a shared understanding of the types and levels of planning will enable the whole community to think through potential crises, determine capability requirements and address the collective risk identified during the risk assessment process.
To learn more about the National Planning System, please visit: http://www.fema.gov/national-preparedness.

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:


EmerPrepTraining July2016

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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