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

Upcoming Meetings
Wednesday 03/10/04 8:00PM – Board of Directors
Thursday 03/11/04 8:00PM – District 4 @ Brookdale Hospital
Wednesday 03/17/04 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.

Board of Directors Elections for 2004
Four (4) Associate member seats on the Board of Directors remain open. We will try and fill the vacancies at the March membership meeting.

Ambulance Maintenance
  • AMB-4:
    • Coolant has had to be added but there are no obvious leaks.
    • Cracked driver's side rear view mirror was replaced.

  • AMB-5: Vehicle remains in service as a utility vehicle.
Policy Reminders
If you are expected to be on shift on a specific day, please call your crew chief as well as the Duty Officer if you cannot make it to the tour. It shows courtesy to your fellow members and may allow us to secure a substitute in your absence. It is okay to have a life outside of JEVAC, it is not okay to make your crew members wait for you and you don't show up.

Duty Officer rotations:
Jeff Balcourt: March, May, July, September, November
Marty Grillo: April, June, August, October, December

With the current concern over security, our vehicle and crew may be stopped while on the road or barred from participation at an MCI or major event standby unless our members have proper identification.

A patch identifying a crew member's level of care (EMT, CFR, Paramedic or CPR) must be worn on an outer garment be it shirt, sweater, pullover, jacket or coat. The patch should be on the right sleeve.

Required by NYS DOH and NYC REMSCO on your person while on shift:
  1. EMT, CFR, Paramedic or CPR card
  2. Squad issued photo ID
  3. Drivers License if serving as driver
    Government issued photo ID – driver or non-driver ID
Special Event Crews Needed
  • LITTLE LEAGUE OPENING DAY PARADES: The ambulances and first response vehicles normally provide safety escorts. Police have been appreciative of our help.
    • JAMAICA ESTATES-HOLLISWOOD LL - Saturday 4/17/04 at 9:00 AM. Starts at Union Turnpike & 197 Street and ends at 73 Avenue & Francis Lewis Boulevard.
    • MID QUEENS-FRESH MEADOWS LL - Saturday 4/17/04 at 10:00 AM. Starts at Springfield Blvd. & 73 Avenue and ends at 210 Street & 73 Avenue.
    • HOLLIS-BELLAIRE-QUEENS VILLAGE-BELLEROSE LL - Saturday 4/17/04 at 11:00 AM. Starts at Hillside Avenue & 217 Street and ends at Hillside Avenue & 235 Street.
  • ALLEY POND STRIDERS on Sunday 4/25/04 will have its annual 5K Challenge Run. Last year there were over 250 competitors. We will need a crew from 9:30 to 11:30 AM for the event.
  • 5 BORO BIKE TOUR on Sunday 5/2/04. 20 to 25 EMTs and paramedics are needed to staff aid stations along the route. Tour organizers will provide medical equipment and supplies but EMTs are welcome to bring own steths, B/P cuffs and tech bag. Parking arrangements will be made for those driving to sites. If interested contact Vincent Barranco, Paramedic Supervisor at Jamaica Hospital (718) 206-8308. Full information on the event is on the internet at www.bikenewyork.com
  • QUEENS SPECIAL OLYMPICS on Saturday 5/15/04 (raindate Sunday 5/16/04) at St. John's University. Athletes start arriving at 8:00 AM with events from 9:30 AM to about 3:00 PM. Up to 1,000 participants are expected. In past years this event has generated several patients. Contact numbers are (718) 217-4864 and sonyarea34@yahoo.com
  • BIG APPLE CIRCUS will be at Cunningham Park from Friday 5/28/04 through Tuesday 6/8/04. The theme this year is Carnavale.
  • MEMORIAL DAY PARADE on Northern Blvd. in Little Neck-Douglaston will be held on Monday May 31, 2004. Line up is about noon. Squad has participated for the last several years.
  • ST. JOHN's UNIVERSITY ALUMNI REUNION WEEKEND will be held starting on Saturday 6/12/04 starting with breakfast at 8:30 AM and ending with a dinner dance from 8:00 PM to midnight. SJU requested an ambulance standby. In prior years Flushing VAC covered 8:00 AM to 4:15 PM and we took over coverage to midnight.
  • QUANTUM FEET ROAD RUNNERS CLUB on Sunday 6/13/04 will hold its 5th Annual 5K Run/Walk & Children's Fun Run to benefit Stepping Stone Day School. 5K Run starts at 9:00 AM and Children's Fun Run at 9:45 AM. Start & finish is at 189 Street & Union Turnpike. EMS coverage is normally coordinated by Emergency Medical REACT.
Recently Issued NYS DOH Policy Statements
03-11, 12/10/03 RE: Respiratory Disease Precautions. Provides information and recommendations for the transport of patients with potentially infectious respiratory illnesses. Also provides updated guidelines for "respiratory etiquette" and the use of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) as well as recommendations for preventive health care measures for EMS providers.

Former Judge & FDNY Commissioner Chosen As New Head of OEM
On Thursday 3/4/04 Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the appointment of Joseph F. Bruno as the new Commissioner of the Office of Emergency Management. Bruno served as FDNY First Deputy Commissioner from 1983 to 1986, returning as Commissioner from 1987 to 1990. He has served as a judge from 1991 to the present. His appointment to OEM position which pays $162,000 per year is effective 4/5/04. OEM's last director was John Odermatt, a career police official who left last year for a corporate job.

Mayor Bloomberg Wants OEM to Focus More on Planning & Less on Coordination
The mayor wants the city's emergency-management office to focus less on coordinating day-to-day responses and more on planning. He said the level of sophistication of both the Police Department and the Fire Department is very high, they don't have big coordination problems, they work well together, they have protocols and they train together. During the blackout in August 2003 he expected to be able to refer to a plan on what you do in the case of a blackout but there was no such book and decisions had to be made as the event was unfolding. Bloomberg said. "What we need is lots of planning" - for contingencies such as getting perishable foods into the city during a more extended blackout.

The mayor's view is at odds with the established mission of OEM as the City Charter was changed to make OEM a full city department assigned to "coordinate" responses to any incidents that call multiple agencies to the scene. There are also many who disagree with the mayor's assessment that there are no coordination problems between the police and fire departments and cite the response to the World Trade Center, the continuing confrontations between NYPD and FDNY personnel at emergency scenes and the inability to agree on a Unified Incident Command system for the city.

Unified Incident Command in NYC Delayed Again
Agreement on a Unified FDNY-NYPD Incident Command (IC) Protocol has been delayed once again. The Uniformed Fire Officers Association (UFOA) reports the NYPD was dissatisfied with the nearly complete agreement, replaced their representative and decided to start from square one. Chief Thomas Purtell, the head of emergency response for the Police Department, has been "promoted" to commander of patrol units in the Bronx and has been replaced by Chief Phil Pulaski, who is commander of the Joint Terrorism Task Force. The UFOA says the NYPD has become more aggressive and antagonistic regarding the protocol as negotiations continue. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires localities to have an Incident Command System Protocol in place as a condition for getting anti-terrorist funding.

News About NYC Emergency Service Providers
  • BEDFORD-STUYVESANT VAC's "Jewish Division" is operating. The Daily News reported on 2/26 that 30 Hasidic and Jewish Orthodox volunteers from Borough Park and Williamsburg have joined the squad. Some are EMTs but most will have to undergo EMS training.
  • BENSONHURST VAC announces the arrival of Julia Marie Scarola, born to the squad's president Ann Marie Scarola and husband Tommy on February 26, 2004. Julia weighed in at 7 lbs, 4 oz.
  • COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY EMS's (CAVA) alumni Joshua Marks is now National Coordinator for the National Collegiate EMS Foundation. For more information on the organization and its activities go to the web site at www.ncemsf.org
  • FDNY has opted to reduce its CFR-D training for engine companies to the New York State DOH CFR-D requirements. Certain skills such as monitoring a patient's blood pressure will no longer be taught. FDNY has not yet made a decision regarding the status of the blood pressure equipment carried on fire apparatus, the relevant sections of the CFR-D manual, or the current configuration of the PCR where it relates to blood pressure readings. There has also been a change in the CFR-D response matrix which requires 2nd due units to respond to EMS Segment 1 incidents when the 1st due unit is unavailable.
  • FDNY will now be posting community related events on its website at www.nyc.gov/fdny. The "Featured Information and Resources" section has been expanded to include information regarding not only FDNY projects and resources, but memorials and related events as well as a full schedule of FDNY related street renamings.
  • METRO CARE AMBULANCE is operating a Type II ambulance in its normal livery of white with a blue belt line stripe but it has additional lettering for St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Centers and "Comprehensive Cardiac Care".
  • THROGS NECK VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE CORPS is having their 25th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, May 27, 2004 from 7:00 PM to midnight at Villa Barone Manor, 727 Throggs Neck Expressway, Bronx, New York 10465. Tickets are $75 per person. Journal ads are available. For more info call 718-931-6020 or email 25thAnniversary@tnvac.com. The squad is online at www.tnvac.com.
  • WHITESTONE VAC's Howard Limbach passed away February 4th. Howie was a Lifetime Member and made over 2000 ambulance calls before he became a dispatcher.
  • STROKE: Pathology and Pre-Hospital/Hospital Treatment presented by Dr. Robert Crupi. Thursday, March 25, 2004 beginning at 6:00 PM at Flushing Hospital, 45-00 Parsons Boulevard. No registration necessary. Refreshments will be served.
  • Traumatic Brain Injury: Initial Management at North Shore-Manhasset on Wednesday March 31, 2004, 7:30 PM in the Rust Auditorium. Dinner will be provided and parking validated. Please RSVP via email to: sallyk@nshs.edu by March 26, 2004.
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.
  • WEST QUEENS EMT INSTITUTE (718) 456-4194 or Chummel52@aol.com is offering:
    EMT BASIC, 2/17/04 to 6/17/04, Tuesdays 7 to 10 PM & Sundays 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM at Woodhaven-Richmond Hill VAC. Free to volunteers. EMT REFRESHER, 3/20/04 to 5/20/04, Saturdays 9:30 AM to 4:45 PM at Forest Hills VAC. Free to volunteers.
  • GERRITTSEN BEACH VFD, (718) 332-5859 is offering:
    CFR-D BASIC, Sundays, 3/14/04 to 6/6/04, 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Cost $400. Free for members of VACs and VFDs that have an assigned NYS DOH EMS agency code number. Students are required to furnish their own textbook: Brady - 1st Responder, 6th or 7th edition. The course sponsor will furnish all other training materials and supplies. State test will be Thursday, June 17, 2004 at 7:00 PM.
Mark Your Calendars
  • 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.
  • SPRING MELT FIRE & EMS FLEA MARKET Sunday 4/4/03, 9;00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Allentown Fairgrounds, in Allentown, PA. This is a great show for memorabilia, t-shirts and used fire and EMS equipment such as lightbars, sirens, helmets, etc.
  • HUDSON VALLEY REMSCO'S 2004 Inside EMS Conference will be held at the Holiday Inn in Fishkill, NY (at Routes 9 & 84) on May 14th and 15th, 2004. Event features speakers, seminars and exhibits. For more information call (845) 567-6740 or e-mail hvremsco@hvremsco.org
  • 2004 EMS WEEK VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION DINNER sponsored by NYSVA&RA's Districts 4 & 18, 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
  • FIRE EXPO 2004, Friday May 21 to Sunday May 23, 2004 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, PA. Admission $7.00. 350 vendors and over 225 emergency vehicles are expected to be displayed. This is one of the largest Fire-EMS-Rescue shows in the country.
  • 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
  • VITAL SIGNS CONFERENCE 2004, Friday 10/29/04 to Sunday 10/31/04 at the Buffalo Convention Center, Buffalo, NY. Sponsored by the NYS DOH Bureau of EMS. Includes general sessions, workshops, exhibits and awards banquet. For information contact Donna Gerard at (518) 402-0996 extension 3 or check the web site at www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/ems/vitalsigns.htm

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