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On 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:
Jana 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.
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.
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.