Kern County has requested a hearing on September 17th 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 procedural steps to guide the appeal process, Kern has also proposed a format for the Commission hearing to EMSA. LEMSAs are encouraged to attend the Commission meeting and to offer public comments relevant to the appeal.
The spread of Ebola virus in West Africa continues to concern public health officials worldwide. Cases have been confirmed in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria resulting in over 1200 suspected deaths. The World Health Organization has declared an international public health emergency, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been sending resources to the affected area. Use of standard personal protective equipment and procedures for blood-borne pathogens are adequate to prevent exposure for EMS personnel. Current information and guidance for health professionals can be found on the CDC's website at: EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE
Mike Dayton Joins San Francisco EMS Featured
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!