Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California

Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California


EMS FORWARD: 10 Topics That Will Move EMS Forward

Center for Patient Safety

The Center for Patient Safety has just released "EMS FORWARD: 10 Topics That Will Move EMS Forward in 2017". This publication outlines ten focus areas for providers to consider including:
  1. Patient Safety Culture
  2. Airway Management
  3. Bariatrics
  4. Behavioral Health
  5. Stretchers
  6. Medication Mistakes
  7. Pediatrics
  8. Provider Mental Health
  9. Crashes
  10. Transition of Care.
Download a copy below:
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EMSAAC Publishes Position Paper on Grandfathering and Exclusivity

LawOn August 14th, the EMS Administrators' Association of California (EMSAAC) issued a Position Statement on “Grandfathering” and Exclusivity Under Sections 201 And 224 of the EMS Act. The position statement was written with the assistance of Derek Cole, Esq. with Cota Cole LLP, who represented San Joaquin County in their successful litigation with the City of Stockton regarding the rights, responsibilities, and relationships of local EMS agencies and cities. EMSAAC has issued this position statement to clarify language within the EMS Act, to accurately summarize the findings of more than twenty years of case law, and to correct novel interpretations of the EMS Act that some are advancing within California. This document can be downloaded for viewing below:


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Jana Richardson Leaving Kern County EMS

Jana RichardsonJana Richardson has announced she is leaving Kern County EMS on July 28th. Jana enrolled in 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 the Kern County Paramedic Program. She now recalls, "I was 20 years old learning about administering narcotics, but unable to drink.  After graduation 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 at Bakersfield College. I was also a supervisor, 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 the very best on her new career choice.

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EMS Agenda 2050 Is Coming!

EMS Agenda 2050EMS 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. 

During the meetings, participants will actively engage in conversations and critical thinking exercises to ensure that EMS Agenda 2050 establishes a vision that incorporates a wide range of perspectives. Prior to the first regional meeting, EMS Agenda 2050 will release a "strawman" document as a conversation starter to spark thinking and dialogue about the future of EMS. The regional meeting dates and locations are:

Silver Spring, Maryland
September 25, 2017

Minneapolis, Minnesota
November 7, 2017

Los Angeles, California
January 17, 2018

Dallas, Texas
March 1, 2018
For more information on this exciting project, go to: EMS AGENDA 2050
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John Eaglesham to Retire from Santa Barbara EMS

EagleshamJohn 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.

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National EMS Memorial Bike Ride Coming in September!

BikeRideLogoThe 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.

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NAEMT Releases Report on EMS Preparedness for Disasters and Mass Casualty Incidents

NAEMTThe 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.

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2017 Mission Lifeline Awards Announced

AHA Mission LifelineThis week the American Heart Association began notifying local EMS Systems and EMS Providers they have been selected to receive this year's MISSION: LIFELINE EMS award in recognition of sustained excellence in cardiac care. This is the 10th year for this program which promotes systems of care for heart attack patients. In California, the following local EMS Systems are being recognized for prompt recognition, intervention and treatment of patients with ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI):
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GAO Publishes New Study on Pediatric Trauma Centers

Pedi TraumaThe Government Accounting Office (GAO) has published a report on Pediatric Trauma Centers that summarizes pediatric trauma care in the U.S. Click on the link below for a copy of this report:


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Anti-Trust Challenge by AmeriCare in Orange County Dismissed

AmericareAmeriCare Ambulance's combined complaint against twelve cities in Orange County (CA) for alleged anti-trust behavior has been dismissed by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The 12 cities had either provided or contracted for emergency ambulance services prior to June 30, 1980. In its dismissal action on March 28th, the Court ruled these cities are entitled to anti-trust protection under California's Health & Safety Code, Division 2.5, Section 1797.201. An appeal by AmeriCare to the 9th Circuit District Court of Appeals is expected. The Court's ruling is found below:
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