Jamaica Estates, Holliswood, South Bayside
 Volunteer Ambulance Corps
 Jamaica Estates, Holliswood, South Bayside
 Volunteer Ambulance Corps
serving our community since 1973

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Jamaica Estates - Holliswood - South Bayside Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
January 2004 Monthly Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings
Wednesday 02/11/2004 8:00PM – Board of Directors
Wednesday 02/18/2004 8:00PM – General Membership

General Membership meetings are for all adult, associate and youth squad members. Prospective members in the squad are also welcome and encouraged to attend. These meetings are important for transacting squad business, communicating and clarifying information and meeting new members. We try and keep the meetings short and focused and not go over items covered in other communication vehicles. We ask that you carry out your responsibility as an interested member of the organization and make every effort to attend these meetings.

Squad Officers and Board of Directors for 2004
Elected as Squad Officers at the December Membership Meeting were
Captain: Daryl Mazlish
1st Lieutenant: Jeff Balcourt
2nd Lieutenant: Martin Grillo
Treasurer:  Jennifer Konigsberg
Recording Secretary: Margaret Martens
Corresponding Secty: Steve Guttman
Supply & Equipment: Daniel Tyroler

Elected to the Board of Directors were:
Active Members: Rob Chen, Jeff Ingber, Susan Leshen and Warren Weiss
Associate Members: Ron Freed, Phil Konigsberg, Sam Merel and Carlos Varon
John Christy is also on the 2004 Board of Directors as Immediate Past Captain.

The positions of Financial Secretary and Personnel Officer were filled at the January 21st meeting. Ron Freed was elected Financial Secretary and Rob Chen was elected Personnel Officer. Four (4) Associate member seats on the Board of Directors remain open. We will try and fill the vacancies at the February membership meeting.

Bylaw Changes
At the December 2003 General Membership Meeting there were several proposed Bylaw changes that were proposed (10 day advance notice having been given) and approved.
  1. To define an Active Member as one who is serving as EMT, attendant, driver or dispatcher on a regular shift at least twice a month on average. This change allows those who are on a regular shift but are not EMTs, CFRs or Advanced First Aiders to vote at General Membership Meetings
  2. To define an Associate Member as one who is desirous of serving the corps but who does not pull shift.
  3. Change the requirement for election as Associate Member to 2/3 vote of the Active Members present at a General Membership Meeting.
  4. To provide that all Life Members are able to vote at General Membership Meetings.
  5. Provided that the above changes "sunset" on December 31, 2004. This was added in case the changes involve unforeseen problems with other sections of the Bylaws. The changes can be made permanent after another vote.
  6. The quorum required for the Board of Directors meeting was changed to seven (7) from ten (10) members present.
  • Senator Frank Padavan has advised that he has secured for the squad a $5,000 legislative grant for the 03-04 fiscal year. Paperwork will be forthcoming and we will not receive the check for several months.
  • City Councilman David Weprin has advised us that he has secured for the squad $3,000 for the 2003-2004 fiscal year.
  • State Assemblyman Mark Weprin has secured a $2,000 grant for the squad for the 2003-2004 year.
  • Ridgewood Savings Bank has awarded the squad a grant of $2,000 and the check has been received December 30, 2003.
Ambulance Maintenance
  • JAM-4: Leaking water pump was replaced Tuesday 12/23/03. Rear differential fluid changed 1/6/04.

  • JAM-5: Vehicle came back from N&A on Monday 9/8. It is insured only as a utility vehicle and can be used as a non-transporting rescue vehicle. Insurance as an ambulance has to be reinstated before in can be placed in service carrying patients.

    Two (2) latches, right lower rear patient door and right lower compartment A door, were found to be frozen by rust. Latches were removed, freed up, cleaned and greased and reinstalled. The other door and compartment latches were checked and lubricated.

    A problem was also found with the fuel filler tube that had been redone in September by N&A. It was not detected earlier because the vehicle was used very little and there was no need to gas it up. N&A has corrected the problem.
Special Events Covered
  • AMERICAN MARTYRS RC CHURCH HOLIDAY TOY DELIVERY on Monday morning 12/15/03 was covered by Mike Hartmann, Carlos Varon and Jim Downey. Each year American Martyrs collects toys for needy children in other parishes, for the Working Organization for Retarded Children (WORC) and Christmas presents for a group of retired nuns. This Christmas AMB-4 and AMB-5 were used to make a delivery to St. Malachy's, just off Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn and then amb-5 brought presents to the Dominican Sisters Convent and Nursing Home in Amityville.
  • FUNERAL SERVICE for former member Danny Ramos' mother on Wednesday morning 12/31/03 was attended by Jim Downey and JP Vasquez.
Special Event Crews Needed
  • April 17 – 10 am Fresh Meadows Little League Parade.
    Parade starts at 210th Street and 73rd Avenue, and proceeds west on 73rd avenue.
NYC Still Lacks High Level Unified Incident Command
Newsday reported on 1/2/04 that the NYPD and FDNY still lack an agreement on who will take command at various emergency scenes. "It's in the final stages of review," said one city official on New Year's Eve, speaking of the agreement discussed for months at City Hall. Administration insiders say Mayor Michael Bloomberg has granted wide discretion on such matters to NY Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, whose department has traditionally opposed ceding any command authority. This situation continues despite a long standing NY State directive that requires municipalities in the state to have a unified command structure in place during emergencies.
In addition, the NYC Office of Emergency Management, for the moment, goes leaderless. City officials say the search for a successor to John Odermatt, whose resignation as OEM director became effective at the beginning of the new year, has narrowed to three candidates.

News About NYC Emergency Service Providers
  • BED-STUY VAC's GunMedics are sponsoring a Painball event on Saturday, February 21, 2004 at Skirmish, USA. Pickup at 6:00 AM & drop-off at 8:00 PM at Ralph & Fulton in Brooklyn. Cost is $80.00 and includes transportation, mask, gun rental, paintballs & camo. Trip is open to anyone 17 years or older. Food and drink can be purchased along with pictures and other gift items at the skirmish playing field snack bar or gift shop or you may bring your own.
  • BENSONHURST VAC will be holding a Tupperware Fund-Raiser on Saturday, January 31, 2004 at 7:00 PM at St. Mary's Mother of Jesus RC Church on 85 Street between 23 and 24 Avenues in Brooklyn. For more info or to have a catalogue sent to you please contact Peter Cento at (718) 837-5032 Ext 208.
  • GLENDALE VAC with the help of the Glendale Kiwanis Club is holding a raffle drawing on 2/9/04 as a winter fund raiser. First prize is 2 front row seats for Phantom of the Opera. Chances are $5.00 each. For more info call (718) 386-9651.
  • GLEN OAKS VAC reports good news that after many years of operating in not so good facilities they will finally be moving in to the new headquarters very shortly. The inspection for the Certificate of Occupancy from the buildings department went well.
CBRNE TRAINING FOR EMERGENCY RESPONDERS AND MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS will be held at the NYU College of Dentistry, 345 24 Street at 1st Avenue on Saturday 1/24/04 and Sunday 1/25/04 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Topics to be covered include:
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction (chemical, biological & radiological)
  • Casualty care
  • Triage, decontamination and personal protective equipment
Training is free. To register contact George Contreras by phone (347) 865-5575, FAX (212) 788-4734 or e-mail gcontrer@health.nyc.gov

For a complete listing of upcoming basic and refresher EMT and CFR courses in the city please call the Regional Emergency Medical Services Council of NYC at (212) 870-2301 or check their web site at www.nycremsco.org. Information on Red Cross CPR courses is available by calling (800) 514-5103.

LAGUARDIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE in Long Island City, (718) 482-5768 is offering:
  • EMT BASIC, 2/10/04 to 5/20/04, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Cost $630.00.
  • Phlembotomy, 1/25/04 to 3/7/04, Sundays, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Cost $425.00
  • Electrocardiogram Interpretation & Performance, 1/25/04 to 3/21/04, Sundays, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Cost $425.00
Mark Your Calendars
  • FIRE, RESCUE & EMS MEGA SHOW AT THE NASSAU VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM. Saturday, January 24, 2004, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM & Sunday, January 25, 2004, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. For more information call (631) 669-4300.
  • FIREMEN's ASSOCIATION OF THE STATE OF NY (FASNY) 22nd ANNUAL EMS SEMINAR, Saturday 3/13/04 & Sunday 3/14/04 at the NYS Fire Academy, Montour Falls, NY. Registration is $30.00. Lodging and meals at the Academy is $80.00 for two nights. For more information call FASNY at (800) 2FASNY2 or go to the web site at www.fasny.com.
  • 2004 EMS WEEK VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION DINNER, Tuesday 5/18/04 at Russo's On-The-Bay, Howard Beach, NY. For information contact Martin Grillo at (718) 474-0680 or e-mail info@emrnyc.com
  • PULSE CHECK 2004, the 49th Annual Educational Conference & Trade Show of the NYS Volunteer Ambulance & Rescue Association will be held Thursday 9/30/04 to Sunday 10/3/04 at the Roaring Brook Resort & Conference Center, Lake George, NY. Event features seminars, exhibits, awards dinner and the country's only statewide EMT and CFR team skills competition. For information call (877) NYSVARA, (518) 883-4192 or e-mail pulsecheck2000@aol.com
  • NEW JERSEY STATE FIRST AID COUNCIL 2004 CONVENTION, Thursday, October 14, 2004 through Sunday, October 17, 2004 at the Nevele Grande Resort & Country Club, Ellenville, NY. For information check the web site at www.njsfac.org

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