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UC Berkeley Publishes Report on California's Private Sector EMS Workers

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The UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education has published a new report that finds many of California's private sector EMTs and Paramedics suffer from low wages and poor working conditions. Researchers from UC Berkeley and UCLA found that 22% of the State's EMS workers are employed by private ambulance companies that operate 81% of all EMS ambulances. Employee retention, turnover, effects of post-traumatic stress disorder, part-time work schedules, and inadequate training are also cited as challenges in the industry.
Follow this link for a copy of this report:  UC BERKELEY EMS WORKER REPORT

California Fire Chiefs' Lawsuit Over EMS Statute Dismissed

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In November 2015, the California Fire Chiefs' Association (Cal Chiefs) filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court to resolve a long-standing dispute over interpretation of the law as it relates to anti-trust protection for cities and fire districts that were providing emergency medical services prior to California's EMS Act in 1980. The complaint named California EMS Authority Director, Dr. Howard Backer, and Chief Deputy Director, Dan Smiley, as defendants. A motion to dismiss the suit was subsequently filed by the defendants and granted by the District Court on December 26, 2016. In its ruling the Court found Cal Chiefs' complaint was "not ripe for adjudication". The Fire Chiefs plan to re-file their complaint based on recent legal challenges by AmeriCare Ambulance alleging anti-trust behavior by several cities in Orange County.
CFCA's original complaint and the Court's ruling can be found here: 

Governor Reappoints Dan Burch to EMS Commission

DBurchOn January 9th Governor Brown announced the reappointment of Dan Burch to the California Commission on Emergency Medical Services, where he has served since 2013. Mr. Burch has been EMS Administrator at the San Joaquin County Emergency Medical Services Agency since 2005. He was a coordinator at the Tuolumne County Emergency Medical Services Agency from 1997 to 2005 and a quality improvement coordinator at the Alpine, Mother Lode, San Joaquin Emergency Medical Services Agency from 1991 to 1997. Mr. Burch served as a hospital corpsman 3rd class in the U.S. Navy from 1984 to 1986. He is a member of the Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California and the American Legion Post 108. EMSAAC congratulates our colleague on his reappointment to this important role.

EMSAAC's Legislative Committee to Begin Meeting in January

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EMSAAC's Legislative Committee began weekly "invitation only" conference calls on Thursday, January 19th to discuss bills of interest introduced in the new legislative session. The Committee includes representation from our legislative lobbyist as well as the EMS Medical Directors Association of California (EMDAC). To participate, contact Committee Chair Dan Burch at: dburch@sjgov.org

CSAC Honors Dan Burch With "Circle Of Service" Award

DBurch CSAC AwardOn Tuesday, December 13, 2016 Dan Burch was recognized by the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) with their Circle of Service Award. Mr. Burch, EMS Administrator for San Joaquin County EMS Agency and current Chair of EMSAAC's Legislative Committee, was recognized for his work and dedication representing the interests of counties in various EMS stakeholder processes and legislative issues.  EMSAAC is very proud of our colleague and congratulates Dan on this recognition!

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