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 We look forward to our 34th Annual APEMS MidCoast Seminar

November 12-16, 2014

Seminar logo2014 WATCH FOR A BROCHURE SOON!!!





Teen Death Triggers FDA Warning on Powdered Caffeine



Atlantic Partners EMS and Augusta Fire Department PRESENT:

Bob Page
Multi-Lead Medic

September 26th, 2014   8:30a-4:30pm
Florian Hall, Commerce Drive, Augusta, Maine
Cost is $75.00/student
To register visit www.apems.org
Education Tab and Click on Specialty Education
Skills Covered: Proper Lead Placement , Monitoring in MCL-1,
STEMI recognition on 12 and 15 Lead ECG, Hemiblock and Bundle
branch block, and differentiating Ventricular Tachycardia.

CDC Launches Blast Injury Mobile App 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is pleased to announce the release of a new CDC Blast Injury mobile application for iphone and ipad to assist in the response and clinical management of injuries resulting from terrorist bombings and other mass casualty explosive events. The application provides clear, concise, up-to-date medical and healthcare systems information to assist healthcare providers and public health professionals in the preparation, response, and management of injuries resulting from terrorist bombing events. Download the mobile application…

*****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.  

If there are any questions, please feel free to contact Rick for assistance.

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;
D. Burns;
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

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Lt Chamberlin with his wife, Tara and son, Liam!



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.

Course Details:

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.

Selection Criteria:

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




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

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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.

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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.



Sally Taylor

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.