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Stephen MacDonald EMS Scholarship for Aspiring Paramedics
There are FIVE scholarships of $250 to be awarded to aspiring Paramedics in the Fall of 2015 CRITERIA FOR SCHOLARSHIP: Must be at least 18 years old (provide a copy of State ID) Must work for an EMS service (either transporting or non-transporting) Must be currently enrolled or accepted into a Maine Paramedic Program Must provide a copy of your acceptance letter into a Paramedic Program (Certificate, Associate, or Bachelors) Must provide a letter from your Service Chief to prove affiliation with Fire or EMS Service Must provide a copy of your current and active Maine EMS License (EMT-Intermediate or EMT-Basic) Must write a one page essay explaining your EMS experience/background, how you plan on utilizing the awarded scholarship money, and what does the future hold for you as a new Paramedic Must have a cover letter with your name, your HOME mailing address, email address, contact phone number, and the name of the department(s) you currently work for. Winners will be chosen by December 31, 2015. If you are selected for the scholarship you will be contacted by phone then you will receive an award certificate along with a check in the mail. This money is to be utilized by the winner to help offset the costs of paramedic school not covered by a sponsoring service (i.e. gas money, testing costs, clinical fees, daycare costs, etc). The awarded money is not to be used as reimbursement to any Fire Department or EMS organization. APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM SEPTEMBER 1, 2015 TO DECEMBER 1, 2015. (Please make sure it is post-marked before December 1, 2015 to be eligible) Please mail all of the above documentation to: The Stephen MacDonald EMS Scholarship for Aspiring Paramedics C/O Brad Chicoine – Founder 253 Warren Ave Portland, ME 04103 **When your application is accepted you will receive an email confirmation from the Scholarship Fund**
FALL SEMESTER EMT/EMR Course Announcements for APEMS Fall 2015
KV Region #3
EMT -Fairfield Sept9-Dec 12 M&W 6p-9:30p $849 +Books
EMT-Manchester Fire Sept 8-Dec 15 Tue&Thur 6p-9:30p $824 +Books
EMT-Unity College Sept 8-Dec 15 Tue&Thur 6p-9:30p $824 +Books
EMR-Litchfield Fire Sept 8-Nov 19th Tues & Thur 6p-9:30p $450 +Books
REGISTER WITH KVCC 453-5134 or APEMS 877-0936
NE Region #4
EMT- EMMC Penobscot Hall Sept 8-Dec 15 Mon & Wed 5:30p-8:30p $888.25 +Books
EMT- Lincoln Technical School Oct 6-Dec 5 Tue&Wed 9a-5pm $888.25 +Books
EMT- EMMC Penobscot Hall Sept 1-Dec 15 Tues 9a-5p $888.25 +Books EMT- University of Maine Machias Sept 19-Dec 13th Saturdays 9-5pm $848 +Books
Call APEMS 974-4880 to register
MC Region #6
EMT- Knox County EMA Office, Rockland Sept 8-Dec 13th Tues 5:30pm-9Pm and every other Thurs 5:30-9pm (Some Sat) $229.75 INCLUDES BOOKS *THIS IS “A Bring College to ME” GRANT SUBSIDIZED PROGRAM
Register with KVCC 453-5134 or APEMS 877-0936
WATCH FOR DETAILS on EMT Classes IN:
SM Region #1
EMT- Biddeford, North Dam Mill Biddeford September, 8-Dec,15 Tues/Thurs 5-8 $750 +Books (Brady Limmer 13th ed.)
EMT-Ogunquit, Ogunquit Fire September, 3 – Dec 17 Tues/Thurs 6-9:45 $750 +Books (Emergency Care & Transportation of the Sick & Injured (10th Edition) ISBN: 978-0-7637-7828-6)
EMT-Waterboro, Waterboro Fire Dept September,9 – Dec, 28 Mon/Wed 6-9:45 $750 +Books (Emergency Care & Transportation of the Sick & Injured (10th Edition) ISBN: 978-0-7637-7828-6)
EMT-Yarmouth, Yarmouth Fire Rescue September 22- Dec 27 Tues/Thurs 5:30-9:30 $750 +Books (Book: Emergency Care & Transportation of the Sick & Injured (10th Edition) ISBN: 978-0-7637-7828-6)
REGISTER WITH York County Community College 216-4344
APEMS Portland Office now OPEN!!
Come stop by and see the Portland office at 253 Warren Avenue. We are located upstairs at the Reynolds Disposal Offices (APEMS SIGNS GOING UP NEXT WEEK) We will have staffing Monday -Friday 8am to 4:30pm. Our phones are also live 536-1719 and fax at 536-1720. We are excited for the future and hope you will all stop by to say hello!
Unique Opportunity for Fire and Emergency Response on Swans Island
Sally Taylor, EMT-P, APEMS Specialty Education Director and AHA Training Site Director will Celebrating EMS Week at the Maryland Resuscitation Academy
Sally will be reporting on the work of APEMS with a presentation, The Voices from Maryland East Coast Jurisdictions: Pathways to Change Resuscitation Academy along with Montgomery County, Maryland at this years Spring 2015 2-Day Resuscitation Academy Presented by Howard County Fire and Rescue Services & Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems .
Approximately, 80,000 hives will be shipped to Maine in the coming weeks for crop pollination. The first loads of honey bees are scheduled to arrive the week of April 28th with subsequent loads arriving until mid-May. The majority of hives are destined for Washington and Hancock Co. blueberry fields, however, several thousand hives will also be distributed in the apple and blueberry regions located in southern and central regions of the state. Hives are shipped on netted flatbeds with approximately 360-480 hives/load according to weight.
In the event of an accident, I can be reached at: 441-5822 cell, 287-7562 desk/voicemail or 465-7289 home.
The major blueberry companies are:
Cherryfield Foods– 546-7134 Ragnar Kamp & Bill Millay (mgrs.)
Tony Smith, field operations (546-1422 & 546-1921 both cell numbers)
Wyman’s– Deblois office 638-2201, Darin Hammond, field operations 460-0702 cell
Allen’s Blueberry– Ellsworth 667-5561
G.M. Allen– Blue Hill 469-7060
Allen’s Blueberry– Union area-Gordon Colby mgr. 785-2282 office, 542-0045 cell
Northeast Blueberry– Columbia 483-4501
Cherryfield Foods and Wymans are the largest companies and beekeepers are often on site with loaders, trucks and expertise in the event of an accident/roll over.
Following are key points for consideration in the event of a roll over or accident:
- Honey bee flight activity can be minimized by instructing the fire department to spray a mist or water curtain/umbrella over the wreck.
- Fire fighter turnout gear or a hazmat suit offer adequate protection for rescue workers should they need to attend a trapped or injured victim. Wrap the person in a blanket for sting protection.
- If the load is still secure on the trailer (with ratchet straps), instruct the fire department to mist the load with water and instruct the fire chief or officer in charge to locate large wreckers and air bladders to right the load. This can usually be done without spilling the hives. Even if locating the air bladders takes time, it is far better than cutting the straps or attempting to right the load using only wreckers since it usually results in breaking the hives apart, tearing the net and releasing agitated bees.
- Honey bees are easily killed with AFFF (aqueous film forming foam)
- The severity of the accident and location will dictate the course of action. (Destruction of bees and clean up vs. save the bees and manually pick up hives and reload onto another truck.)
Bees will be on the move again after the bloom. The majority of hives will be shipped from Maine to crops in other states beginning in mid-June through early July. Several thousand hives will remain in central Maine for the summer and/or shipped to Aroostook county in mid-June. These hives remain in Maine until the fall migration to southern states during October and November.
If an accident occurs, instruct the officers to call me so I can coordinate salvage and cleanup efforts.
Thank you, Tony Jadczak, State Apiarist
Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry
Eastern Maine Community College broke ground today on it’s new Public Safety Training Building.
APEMS will soon be re-located in this new building and offering programs!!!
US Department of Health and Human Services Announces: Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Grant Program
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Federal Office of Rural Health Policy is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2015 Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal (ROOR) Grant Program. The purpose of this program is to reduce the incidences of morbidity and mortality related to opioid overdoses in rural communities through the purchase and placement of emergency devices used to rapidly reverse the effects of opioid overdoses and training of licensed healthcare professionals and emergency responders on their use. See attached Grant Application
The seminar will once again be held at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, ME. This year’s conference is scheduled to run from Wednesday November 11th to Sunday November 15th. Classes scheduled on Wednesday and Thursday are considered pre-conference classes and are typically longer classes in length than the regular conference classes. All classes scheduled during regular conference days Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, are 90 minutes in length only.
We are continuing to ensure that as much of our communication as possible with instructors is electronic. When submitting classes please click on the hyperlink offered in the body of the email you received that delivered this letter. You will also find the link available on the APEMS website (listed above) as well as the APEMS Seminar Facebook page. If you have any difficulties with the form please contact [email protected] for assistance.
Submission deadline for the 2015 APEMS Seminar is May 8. Proposal forms submitted later than this date will not be considered for this year’s conference. We are happy to accept multiple proposals from instructors, but kindly request that no material be submitted from recent conferences.
The call for course proposals for the 2015 APEMS Seminar is once again upon us. You will find the link to submit your proposals at the bottom of this email. You should copy and paste this link into your browser and it will take you to the GoogleDoc form where you can enter all of your class information. Please only submit one class per form. Once each form is submitted it will automatically give you the option to submit another.
Deadline to submit courses is May 8 and that this date is firm.
Click on the Link or if you have difficulties Copy Link into you browser and complete the form!
NEW: Bloodborne Pathogens Online Course
Available now! 24/7 – at your convenience! As required by OSHA/BLS all staff within your agency must be trained in the dangers of and precautions against Bloodborne Pathogens. With a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, we have developed a 1.5 hour online course. This comprehensive six-unit course will provide the following information:
- Overview & news related to bloodborne pathogens
- Scanning for risks
- Understanding risks – what diseases can be transmitted
- Protecting against bloodborne pathogens
- Eliminating the pathogens – decontaminating equipment and surfaces
- Reporting requirements
This training, combined with the review of your site-specific plan, will satisfy the annual requirement. You will receive 1.5 hours of continuing education upon successful completion.
You can find this training on the Maine EMS Education (MEMSEd) system at www.maine.gov/ems
Check out—Rick Tarr of APEMS takes his portable driving simulators through schools and community centers, as part of a campaign to curb distracted driving in Maine
Doffing PPE post exposure to a potential Emerging Infectious Disease (EID) patient
1. There is no need for a HAZMAT-type decon when doffing PPE post-exposure.
A. Your Hospital should provide a means to safely doff PPE, including showers. There have been no recommendations to date that call for a HAZMAT decon level type of procedure for ebola. Methodical, stepwise, monitored doffing is the standard set and practiced at the health centers who have successfully treated ebola patients here in the US with no breakdowns or infected health care workers to date.
B. If you contact a potential EID patient at a scene and do not transport to the Hospital, you should follow the same methodical, stepwise, monitored doffing procedure and contain the PPE in a red Biohazard bag, double-bagged. There is a contract through the state for disposal of the contaminated PPE, so you should contact your local Hospital and request assistance with disposal of the PPE (and anything else that is contaminated). This may include the hospital bringing you one of the disposal containers, or requesting the disposal company to come directly to you at the scene.
The key to successfully doffing the PPE is that you take the time to follow the procedures. Service should place a checklist on each of their ambulances to be followed by the provider and observer. Prior to doffing, the observer should visually inspect the provider and look for obvious contamination. If any contamination is seen, spray the area with your disinfectant solution (fresh bleach solution or commercial product), let it sit and dry, then start the doffing process
The CDC has released a donning/doffing video that is a little more than 13 minutes long and is a good reference/training tool. The link to the video is below:
Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
SAMHSA Pamphlet on What You Should Know
When you hear, read, or watch news about an outbreak of an infectious disease such as Ebola, you may feel anxious and show signs of stress—even when the outbreak affects people far from where you live and you are at low or no risk of getting sick. These signs of stress are normal, and may be more likely or pronounced in people with loved ones in parts of the world affected by the outbreak. In the wake of an infectious disease outbreak, monitor your own physical and mental health. Know the signs of stress in yourself and your loved ones. Know how to relieve stress, and know when to get help.
Paste this link into your browser to print: store.samhsa.gov/shin/content//SMA14-4885/SMA14-4885.pdf
Teen Death Triggers FDA Warning on Powdered Caffeine
CDC Launches Blast Injury Mobile App
*****NOTICE***** Mandatory Reporting Law CHANGE!!!
Below you will find a copy of H.P 1094; L.D. 1523 which adds to the child abuse mandatory reporting law. EMS providers are considered to be mandatory reporters, so this law change applies to us. Please note that this law requires reporting if you find or suspect any of these injuries regardless of the circumstances or whether you suspect child abuse.
STATE OF MAINE
IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD TWO THOUSAND AND THIRTEEN
H.P. 1094 – L.D. 1523
An Act To Strengthen the Laws Governing Mandatory Reporting of Child
Abuse or Neglect
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:
Sec. 1. 22 MRSA §4011-A, sub-§7 is enacted to read:
7. Children under 6 months of age or otherwise nonambulatory. A person
required to make a report under subsection 1 shall report to the department if a child who
is under 6 months of age or otherwise nonambulatory exhibits evidence of the following:
A. Fracture of a bone;
B. Substantial bruising or multiple bruises;
C. Subdural hematoma;
E. Poisoning; or
F. Injury resulting in substantial bleeding, soft tissue swelling or impairment of an organ.
APEMS Clinical Coordinator and Augusta Fire Lieutenant Brian Chamberlin Receives EXCELLENCE IN EMS AWARD
Maine Celebrates EMS WEEK 2014
May 18-24, 2014, marks the 40th anniversary of National EMS Week – and in this insert, we are happy to share with
you articles about people and services who exemplify this year’s EMS Week theme, “Dedicated. For Life.” Please look through our EMS WEEK Supplement for interesting facts, EMS Service Profiles, information on the Maine EMS Memorial and EMS Celebrations.
The Maine Emergency Management Agency PRESENTS: Basic Public Information Officer Course (G290)
June 4 and 5, 2014 in Auburn, Maine.
This 2 day course is intended for the new or less experienced PIO (in order to be NIMS compliant all agencies must have a designated and trained Public Information Officer.). Program emphasis is on the basic skills and knowledge needed for emergency management public information activities.
Topics include the role of the PIO in emergency management, conducting awareness campaigns, news release writing public speaking, and television interviews. Completion of FEMA Public Information Officer Awareness Course (G 289) or the online version IS-29 is a prerequisite for attendance of the program. Certificate must accompany application.
Preference will be given to State, Tribal, County and local emergency management and emergency services staff who have either full or part time direct responsibility for public information in their communities or departments.
Applicants will include an organizational chart indicating their position in local or departmental public information functions. Students should bring copies of their organization’s Public Information plan and laptop computers if available.
MEMA Public Information and Training staff will facilitate the program along with guest participants.
Lunch and break refreshments will be provided. All other expenses including lodging if required are the responsibility of the student. We are an equal opportunity educational provider.
For further information or to register, please contact Lynette Miller or Mike Grant at MEMA. All applications should be submitted by email/fax via FEMA training application form (.pdf format).
For more training announcements visit the MEMA Training website. Or sign up to receive MEMA Training and Exercise news and announcements by email.
ONLINE Prerequisite Course (ENTRY LEVEL PIO Training)
Lynette Miller / Mike Grant
800-452-8735 / 207-624-4400 / FAX 207-287-3178
May 1st marks the beginning of American Stroke Month; a great opportunity to not only increase our personal stroke awareness, but to also share that life-saving knowledge.
During May, Learn YOUR Risk:
What’s your risk for stroke? If you don’t know, you’re not alone. Stroke remains the No. 4 cause of death in the U.S. and the leading cause of disability. Yet 80 percent of strokes can be prevented. Take this stroke risk quiz and consider scheduling a check-up with your regular physician. Know your numbers, quit smoking, get physically active, and maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle, and you could significantly reduce your risk for stroke.
On May 1st, Learn the Signs and Symptoms of Stroke. Simply remember F.A.S.T.:
F – Face Drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb?
A – Arm Weakness: Is one arm weak or numb?
S – Speech Difficulty: Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand?
T – Time to call 9-1-1: If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.
Pay Your Knowledge Forward
Tell your friends, families, and neighbors about American Stroke Month. Share the stroke risk quiz. Encourage loved ones to visit their healthcare providers. Share F.A.S.T. with everyone you know!
Below are two quick social media messages you can share:
· May is American #StrokeMonth. Up to 80 percent of all strokes can be prevented. Do you know your risk? bit.ly/1ouHiPK
· Stroke is a major cause of disability. But it can be prevented. May is #StrokeMonth; know your risk: bit.ly/1ouHiPK
MAINE EMS AWARD CEREMONY
THURSDAY, MAY 22nd 10:30am HALL OF FLAGS, STATE HOUSE
Please come join us as we celebrate our Award winners and all involved with the development, improvement and daily service of Emergency Medical Services.
Congratulations to the 2014 Maine EMS award recipients!
– Excellence in EMS: Brian Chamberlin, Paramedic, APEMS/Augusta Fire Dept.
– Lifetime Achievement: Donna Bulger, RN, Paramedic, LifeFlight/EMMC,
– Lifetime Achievement: Carl French, Paramedic, Sanford Fire/Alfred Fire/Maine EMS Honor Guard.
More on the recipients and details on the awards ceremony will be posted in the coming weeks.
Maine EMS Releases 2013 MEMSRR Annual Report
2013 MEMSRR Annual Report (can also be found under the QI Tab on this website)
We are pleased to provide the annual report of the Maine Emergency Medical Service Run Report System (MEMSRR) for calendar year 2013.
The information in this report comes directly from the incident and patient care reports and has been compiled in the following manner:
Section 1: Provides the agency demographic overview by service license, organization type, and license levels
Section 2: A summary of the response data collected from each report
Section 3: A breakdown of the transports to and from Maine hospitals
Section 4: An overview of agency response totals by region and month
Section 5: Provider demographics
Section 6: Reporting system compliance and statistics
In 2013, this information was used for protocol review, research on pediatric hypoglycemia, research on pre-hospital responses to farm land injuries, as well as projects relating to highway safety and trauma research. Timely submission of a complete and accurate patient care report continues to be a critical part of
providing quality patient care.
Thank you to all the services and providers who provide this information. The patient care and incident reports entered into the MEMSRR provide invaluable information that benefits our system, our practice, and our patients.
Jonathan N Powers, NR-Paramedic
Data & Preparedness Coordinator
APEMS Returns from exciting and energizing trip to FIJI to teach ACLS
The Fiji National University (FNU) College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences is collaborating with a medical organisation from the United States of America after there was a need for more training for emergency staff in hospitals.
Atlantic Partners Emergency Medical Services from Maine in the US instructor Rick Petrie said: “The Fijians identified that there was a need for more training for their accident and emergency staff. “A doctor also came here and found that there was a new course offered at the school taking doctors and nurses who have already been working to be trained and specialize in Emergency.”
He said the course was offered for four days in Suva beginning from Monday with the batch going through the course for duration of two days.
Mr Petrie said the participants were energetic and willing to learn what they were taught throughout the course. Meanwhile, FNU College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine Doctor Anne Creaton described the course as a practical for nurses and doctors from around the country that had attended.
EMS Memorial and Education Project Audio Stops
You can dial (207) 480-3104 (at the site, or anywhere in Maine) to hear the EMS Memorial and Education Site audio tour. Learn about the people of Maine EMS and the Maine EMS system– compelling stories told in the words and voices of EMS providers, their colleagues and families.
APEMS Specialty Training Coordinator To Receive EMS Award
Congratulations Sally A. Taylor, EMT-P, Atlantic Partners EMS Specialty Training Coordinator and AHA Coordinator, for being a 2013 Recipient of a Maine EMS Excellence in EMS Award! Sally will be honored with the other award winners on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the dedication of the Maine EMS Memorial on the Capital Grounds in Augusta.