APEMS ALERTS:    APEMS Offices Will Be Closed Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th

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THANK YOU  to all our Instructors, Students, Vendors, Sponsors, and Staff  for an OUTSTANDING 35th Annual EMS Seminar 

Link to Seminar PHOTOS! Thank you Joshua Wheeler!  https://picasaweb.google.com/109977319138772730314/Samoset2015?authkey=Gv1sRgCKDI7eO1x9PjBw

Congratulations to Michael Thurlow

Scarborough Fire and Rescue…

Awarded Maine’s Fire Chief of the Year!


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
EMR-Litchfield FireOct 6-Dec 13th 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


SM Region #1

EMT- Biddeford, North Dam Mill Biddeford  September, 8-Dec,15  Tues/Thurs 5-8  $750 +Books (Brady Limmer 13th ed.)


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

The Island Fellows Program is one of the signature programs of the Island Institute. Fellowships provide a unique opportunity for recent graduates to apply their skills and experience to help build sustainability within communities whose way of life and identity face many challenges. 
This Fellowship is based with the Swan’s Island fire department and ambulance service researching and implementing new technologies to improve the fire and emergency department response.  The Fellow will enhance existing systems to recruit, retain, and train volunteers, and improve data management systems. The Fellow will also research standard operating guidelines for ambulance and fire departments to ensure the fire department is in line with other similarly sized departments around the state, as well as developing a community safety and awareness program in conjunction with the Swan’s Island School.
Island Fellows are employees of the Island Institute and receive health insurance, housing, and a $15,000 stipend as part of their benefits as well as access to a professional development fund and quarterly trainings to increase skills and knowledge. 

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 .

 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 

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…

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.