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:
EMSAAC's next Board of Directors' meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 15th at a new venue in Southern California -- Embassy Suites Anaheim South in Garden Grove. The EMS Commission meeting will also be held at the same location the following day. Be sure to fill out the EVENT REGISTRATION FORM and send it to Steve Carroll to help ensure an accurate count.
For overnight accommodations at the Embassy Suites, go to: RESERVATIONS
Fred Claridge has announced he will be leaving Alameda County in mid-January for a position with Monterey County EMS. In his role as Alameda's EMS Director, Fred has been overseeing a major system redesign project launched earlier this year to address dramatic shifts in economics for this large urban and suburban EMS system. This work could be a bellweather for other EMS systems facing economic uncertainty. The project is expected to culminate with an RFP seeking a new provider in the Fall of 2016. Fred will be moving his office south to work with Mike Petrie as an EMS Analyst, where his experience and skills will be highly valued. EMSAAC wishes our colleague the very best in his new role beginning January 25th.
The EMS Authority has suspended the work of a special task force formed to create important draft regulations for EMS Systems in California. Members of the Chapter 13 Task Force were informed personally by EMSA Director, Dr. Howard Backer. "Chapter 13" refers to the yet-to-be-written new regulations in Title 22, Division 9 of the California Code of Regulations. In November the California Fire Chiefs Association, a member of the special working group, filed a federal lawsuit seeking clarification of key language in California's EMS statute. Concerns were expressed publicly by other task force members at the December meeting of the State Commission on EMS that the Fire Chiefs had violated the group's informal ground rules. Further work by the task force has now been suspended.
Four people were killed after a medical helicopter crashed while flying to a hospital in California Thursday night, officials said. The victims included the pilot, a nurse, a paramedic and a patient, Central California EMS Director Dan Lynch told reporters. The crew worked for SkyLife, a medical transport service jointly owned by American Ambulance and Rogers Helicopters. The SkyLife helicopter was traveling from Fresno to San Joaquin Community Hospital in Bakersfield, a 10-minute flight. A search was started at 7:37 p.m. after there was no contact with the aircraft for 30 minutes, NBC station KGET reported. Searchers later found a debris field and there were no survivors, Kern County Sheriff's Office Lt. Bill Smallwood officials told NBC News. Bad weather and rain hampered the efforts of searchers, an official with the Kern County Fire Department said.
EMSAAC extends our deepest sympathies to our EMS colleagues and the families of the victims....
Los Angeles County EMS has also just released their annual EMS System Data Report for 2015. This document presents quantitative information in graphic formats that summarize the delivery of emergency medical services in California's single largest local EMS system. To view this report click on the link below:
Dan Burch has been nominated to Chair the State Commission on EMS in 2016 by his fellow Commission members. At the EMS Commission meeting in San Francisco on December 2, the commissioners nominated officers for the coming year. The Commission meets quarterly and voting will take place in March. Dan is the EMS Administrator for San Joaquin County, and was appointed to the Commission for a three-year term by Governor Jerry Brown in 2013.