APEMS ALERTS: Bangor and Winslow Offices are closed Monday April 21, 2014 for Patriot’s Day
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.
MEMS Licensing Agent Opening
We are re-opening the application period for the Maine EMS Licensing Agent position. MEMS has 2 licensing agents who work as a team to assist with licensing questions & applications, conduct the annual service & vehicle inspections, and handle complaints & investigations.
This is a full-time position, based in Augusta, with health, dental, and retirement benefits. Applicants must be at least an Advanced EMT (Paramedic preferred) with 2 years of EMS experience. The job posting and information about applying are available at:
The deadline for applications is April 30.
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.
Attention EMS community (whether licensed or not!) Bangor International ANNUAL MASS CASUALTY DRILL
Bangor International Airport will be hosting their annual mass casualty incident drill on Saturday, May 31st at the airport. We are in need of volunteers to serve as care providers and victims alike. While this is a purely volunteer endeavor, it is a tremendous opportunity to see the Bangor region’s largest annual drill in action, and participate in the multi-agency response. This is a very unique opportunity, and we want to gather as many people as possible.
Service Chiefs: if you are willing to participate and supply an ambulance for this drill, please let me know as well.
Local Law Enforcement Trains on Tactical Casualty Care
In a day of training in Waldoboro Feb. 13, over 20 members from local law enforcement agencies learned how to help get medical care to those that need it in tactical situations. Read full story at link below
Maine EMS Seeks “At Large Member to EMD Committee
The Maine EMS Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) Committee is seeking a person to fill the “At-Large” position on the committee.
The Maine EMS EMD Committee is a standing committee of the Maine Board of Emergency Medical Services. The committee advises the board on emergency medical dispatch issues and has been instrumental in Maine’s EMD implementation. The committee generally meets on the third Thursday in March, June, September and November in Augusta.
To be considered for the “At-Large” position, an individual should have an interest in the emergency medical dispatch system; Emergency Medical Dispatch and/or Emergency Medical Services experience is preferred.
- Attending and participating in EMD committee meetings held at the Maine Department of Public Safety in Augusta, Maine;
- Providing information and expertise to the committee
Interested persons should send a letter of interest and qualifications to:
Judy Gerrish, Chair Maine Board of Emergency Medical Services 152 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333
Letters of interest may be sent via US Postal Service or by email to: email@example.com and must be received by no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.
Everyday human trafficking victims are encountered by public safety personnel and other medical professionals, but far too often these situations are not recognized. This program will teach you to recognized the elements to suspect human trafficking. Register today for this Train the Trainer March 4 at EMMC, Bangor.
AHA CARD PRICE INCREASE
Effective March 1st the AHA Instructors who are affiliated with APEMS AHA Training Center will see an increase in card cost. This is in an effort to cover our cost of processing, purchasing and mailing cards. We will be mailing reminders to instructors and updating rosters to reflex this change.
Rosters are to now be sent direct to APEMS Corporate office at:
APEMS 71 Halifax Street Winslow ME 04901
Maine EMS Now Accepting Awards Nominations
Maine EMS is seeking your nominations for Maine EMS Awards for 2014. Please take a moment and nominate that EMS Provider who goes the extra mile, the educator who give more the average lectures to their students, or the administrator or support staff who has done so much. We all know someone who has found time to promote the Maine EMS System, enhance the development of Education and Policy and share their knowledge with many…. NOMINATE TODAY
Treasury Ensures Fair Treatment for Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Under the Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act requires that an employer with 50 or more full-time employees offer affordable and adequate health care coverage to its employees. For this purpose, full time means 30 hours or more per week on average, with the hours of employees working less than that aggregated into full-time equivalents. Employers that do not fulfill this obligation may be required to make a payment in lieu of meeting their responsibilities, which are described in what are called the employer shared responsibility provisions. An important question arises about how the hours of volunteer firefighters and other volunteer emergency responders should be taken into account in determining whether they are full-time employees and for counting toward the 50-employee threshold. Treasury is acting to ensure that emergency volunteer service is accorded appropriate treatment under the Affordable Care Act.
Treasury and the IRS issued proposed regulations on the employer shared responsibility provisions (Section 4980H of the Tax Code) in December 2012 and invited public comments. Numerous comments were received from individuals and local fire and Emergency Medical Service departments that rely on volunteers. The comments generally suggested that the employer responsibility rules should not count volunteer hours of nominally compensated volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel in determining full-time employees (or full-time equivalents). In addition, Treasury heard from numerous members of Congress who expressed these same concerns on behalf of the volunteer emergency responders in their states and districts.
Treasury and the IRS carefully reviewed these comments and spoke with representatives of volunteer firefighters and volunteer emergency personnel to gain a better understanding of their specific situations. Treasury and the IRS also reviewed various rules that apply to such volunteer personnel under other laws. These include the statutory provisions that apply to bona fide volunteers under Section 457(e)(11) of the Tax Code (relating to deferred compensation plans of state and local governments and tax-exempt organizations) and rules governing the treatment of volunteers for purposes of the Federal wage and hour laws. As a result of that review and analysis, the forthcoming final regulations relating to employer shared responsibility generally will not require volunteer hours of bona fide volunteer firefighters and volunteer emergency medical personnel at governmental or tax-exempt organizations to be counted when determining full-time employees (or full-time equivalents).
These final regulations, which we expect to issue shortly, are intended to provide timely guidance for the volunteer emergency responder community. We think this guidance strikes the appropriate balance in the treatment provided to traditional full-time emergency responder employees, bona fide volunteers, and to our Nation’s first responder units, many of which rely heavily on volunteers.
Mark J. Mazur is the Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy at the United States Department of the Treasury.
2013 Maine EMS PROTOCOL
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This is a reminder that the new protocols go into effect on December 1, 2013. If you are an ALS service, please make sure that you have communicated with your local pharmacy and have a plan worked out for drug box update/exchange. I have attached a copy of the medication changes for your information.
Sue Hludik Memorial Scholarship Fund “Helping Those Who Help Others”
The Sue Hludik Memorial Scholarship was created in cooperation with the Hludik family and Wells Associated Charities to provide assistance in the pursuit of educational opportunities to members of the community in the EMS field. Sue earned an Associate’s Degree in Science with a major in Paramedicine/Emergency Medical Services in 1989 from New Hampshire Technical Institute. As a paramedic she rose to the position of Director of Wells EMS, a job she held and enjoyed for over 20 years. Through working in her position at Wells EMS, she aided many members of the community and EMTs in furthering their education.
A good education was a core part of Sue’s belief and she is responsible for countless Emergency Medical Technicians making a positive change in their communities.Each year applicants will be selected to receive the scholarship from review of submitted essays. The ultimate goal of the scholarship is to add highly educated providers to the field of emergency medical services and further the education of those already practicing in emergency medicine.The application is open to anyone who is enrolled in a licensure class (EMT-Basic, Advanced EMT, or Paramedic), enrolled at a college with a major in Emergency Medical Services or related fields, or licensed providers looking to advance their level of education.
Licensed providers who wish to apply must be pursuing a degree or certificate in a field related to emergency medicine.Requirements· Contact Information – an email confirmation will be sent upon receipt of your application.
· Letter of Acceptance into the program of study
· Essay explaining-The program you are in
-Why you are pursuing the education
-Why you deserve the scholarship
· Be available for an interview if needed.(Interviews will only be held in the cases where the reviewers need more information.)
Mail to: Sue Hludik Memorial Scholarship Fund 283 Bills Lane Wells, ME 04090 Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you have a Public Information Officer on Your Department???
*Have you ever had the media show up and want information on an incident and not known what you could share?
*Have you had multiple statements given by multiple members of your department??
*Have you wanted to share a Public Service Announcement with your community, but not known where to start??
Then you need to be sure you have a well trained, solid Public Information Officer who can speak on behalf of your department. They will be able to give accurate and knowledgeable statements and work on a process to keep your community involved in non-emergency and emergency situations. Following the training they will learn what resources are available and be better prepared the next time.
THIS IS AN ONLINE TRAINING SPONSORED BY the Federal Emergency Management Agency and a MUST HAVE FOR ALL DEPARTMENTS. It is also the pre-requisite for the any Advanced PIO Training with FEMA and MEMA
IS-29: Public Information Officer Awareness
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.