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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!

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!

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!

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

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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