Jana Richardson has announced she is leaving Kern County EMS on July 28th. She started an EMT program at the ripe age of 18 and worked as an EMT in rural Kern County for about 2 years before applying for paramedic school. She was accepted in the Kern County Paramedic Program that was still being taught at the county, before program accreditation became a requirement. Jana now recalls, "I was 20 years old learning about administering narcotics, but unable to drink. I went to work for a rural ambulance company in Kings County. While I was there, I completed my A.S. degree in Fire Technology from Bakersfield College. I was a supervisor, paramedic preceptor, pre-hospital liaison officer, training officer, and eventually operations manager for the ambulance service until 2009. In 2006, I joined up with a fixed wing air ambulance service as a flight paramedic on a part-time basis as well. These flights were some of my most memorable times in EMS. I came back to Bakersfield and started working as an EMD-Q. In 2011, I was hired on as an EMS Coordinator with the County of Kern. While at the County I was able to complete a B.S. degree in Emergency Medical Services Administration from Columbia Southern University. I am leaving the county to go to the realm of EMS education in hopes to find a better balance of work and time with my daughter. I was told repeatedly that I would never be able to make it in EMS because of my size. I was determined to not only succeed, but remove all doubt that anyone can’t be what they want to be. I want to be a great role model for my daughter and someone who she can be proud of." EMSAAC wishes Jana well on her new career choice.
EMS Agenda 2050 is a collaborative and inclusive two-year project to create a bold plan for the next several decades. EMS community members, stakeholder organizations and the public are all encouraged to get involved in writing a new Agenda for the Future that will set forth a vision for the next thirty years of EMS system advancement.
The EMS Agenda 2050 team will host four public meetings throughout the U.S. where attendees will meet and discuss the future of EMS with the project's Technical Expert Panel, a group of 10 individuals with wide-ranging and diverse experiences within EMS systems and healthcare organizations.
Silver Spring, Maryland
September 25, 2017
November 7, 2017
Los Angeles, California
January 17, 2018
March 1, 2018
John Eaglesham is heading to the beach with newly purchased kayaks in an attempt at retirement. John began his career in EMS in 1972 working for Montclair Volunteer Ambulance Unit in Montclair, New Jersey. In 1976, while attending UCSB and working evenings at a local hospital, John saw “newly patched” paramedics bringing patients into the emergency department. This stimulated John to complete a local community college EMT program, and in 1979 he attended Daniel Freeman Hospital School for Paramedics. "Everyone was quick to tell me EMS was not a career and a paramedic would only last 5 years in the system. Even employers would tell you that. Well that was 38 years ago. I witnessed EMS start from disparate volunteer services, to complete systems of care we enjoy today. And along the way, EMS developed into a career that anyone would proud of. I wish my friends and colleagues in EMSAAC and the EMS community the best as you do the very important work of advocating for EMS, protecting and improving high functioning systems and preparing California to respond to public health emergencies and disasters”. EMSAAC wishes John the best in his retirement.
The National EMS Memorial Bike Ride, Inc. honors EMS personnel by organizing and implementing long distance cycling events to celebrate and remember those who serve every day, those who have become sick or injured while performing their duties, and those who have died in the line of duty. The West Coast portion of the ride begins September 25th in Reno and concludes on September 30th in San Francisco.
Want to ride yourself? Click here for details.
Want to meet the riders? Come to a ceremony at the California EMS Authority in Rancho Cordova on September 28th from 7:30 - 8:15 am.
The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) recently released a report, National Survey on EMS Preparedness for Disaster and Mass Casualty Incident Response, based on the results of a 2016 national survey of EMS practitioners and managers. The findings offer insight into the level of proficiency and training of EMS practitioners who provide the medical response expected by communities during disasters and mass casualty incidents.