Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California

Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California

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2016 Conference Photo Album

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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 view some fun photos of the conference go to:  CONFERENCE PHOTO ALBUM

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EMSAAC Announces New Executive Committee for 2016-17

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At the meeting of EMSAAC's Board of Directors on May 9th, the results of our recent election of new officers and Executive Committee for next year was announced. Beginning on July 1, 2016 the Executive Committee will include:
Bryan Cleaver - President
Michael Petrie - President Elect
Steve Carroll - Secretary
Vickie Pinette - Treasurer
Dan Lynch - Immediate Past President
 
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EMS Compass Initiative Seeks Public Input

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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

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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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FEMA Releases the National Planning System Description

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.
 
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Emergency Preparedness Training Workshop

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:

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS TRAINING WORKSHOP

EmerPrepTraining July2016

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Celia Barry Bids Farewell to Santa Cruz County EMS

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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New Study Finds Advanced Warnings Common Prior to Sudden Cardiac Arrest

SCA iconWarning symptoms, notably chest pain and dyspnea, occur during the 4 weeks preceding sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in at least half of cases involving middle-aged adults, suggests a new study. The warnings are usually ignored, observe researchers, with few patients phoning 911 in response to what is almost always a fatal event. The analysis based on the Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death (SUD) cohort was published online December 22, 2015 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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