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

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

Upcoming Meetings
Wednesday 05/12/04 – 7:30PM Squad Officers
Wednesday 05/12/04 – 8:15PM Board of Directors
Thursday 05/13/04 – 8:00PM District 4 at Jamaica Hospital, All invited - Refreshments served
Wednesday 05/19/04 – 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 May membership meeting.

Paperwork for the following grant has been filed with the proper state agency.
  • $2,000 NYS Assembly legislative grant secured by Assemblyman Mark Weprin
Ambulance Maintenance
  • AMB-4: Recent work has included:
    • Brakes serviced on 4/16/04
    • Charging system checked out 4/16/04
Duty Officer Rotations
1st Lt. Jeff Balcourt: May, July, September, November
2nd Lt. Marty Grillo: June, August, October, December

Fund Drive
A database of addresses in our service area is being compiled in order to lessen our reliance on commercial list services. We presently have about 12,000 residence addresses input for ZIPs in:
South Bayside – 11364, Holliswood – 11423, Hollis Hills – 11364 & 11427, Hilltop Village Coop – 11423 & 11427, Jamaica – 11432, Jamaica Estates – 11432, Briarwood – 11435.
We will not be able to get to all 54,000 addresses.

The first fund drive mailing for 2004 will be about 13,000 pieces. It was stuffed and labeled by the FEGS group at the Samuel Field Y. Over 12,000 pieces have gone to the Post Office with the remaining 1,000 pieces going later this week.

Bell Park Gardens Presents Checks
On Monday evening 5/10, Captain Daryl Mazlish attended Bell Park Gardens Coop's annual meeting. He was presented the following checks:
  • $500 from the Board of Directors
  • $100 from the Community Council whose President is inactive squad member Marion Zahler
Special Events Covered
  • LITTLE LEAGUE OPENING DAY PARADES on Saturday morning April 17, 2004. JAM-4 and 3 first response vehicles provided safety escorts. Police were appreciative of our help.

  • ALLEY POND STRIDERS on Sunday morning 4/25/04 had their annual 5K Challenge Run. There were over 250 competitors. We had a crew from 9:00 to 11:30 AM for the event.

  • QUEENS SPECIAL OLYMPICS was held on Saturday 5/1/04 at St. John's University. Athletes started arriving at 8:00 AM with events from 9:30 AM to about 3 PM. There were about 1,000 participants and spectators. As in past years this event generated several patients. JAM#4 and Flushing VAC each transported one patient to Queens General Hospital for further evaluation. There were also numerous minor cuts and scrapes that were treated and released.
Special Event Crews Needed
  • HOLLIS HILLS CIVIC ASSOCIATION STREET FAIR on Sunday 5/16/04, from 12 noon until 5:00 PM. Location is 82 Avenue from 212 Street to 214 Street. Need crew to do blood pressures and conduct tour of ambulance.
  • BIG APPLE CIRCUS will be at Cunningham Park from Friday 5/28/04 through Tuesday 6/8/04. The theme this year is Carnavale. Performance schedule is as follows:
    Friday 05/28/04 11:00AM & 6:30PM
    Saturday 05/29/04 12:30PM & 4:30PM
    Sunday 05/30/04 12:30PM & 4:30PM
    Monday 05/31/04 12:00PM & 4:00PM (Memorial Day)
    Tuesday 06/01/04 No shows
    Wednesday 06/02/04 11:00AM & 6:30PM
    Thursday 06/03/04 11:00AM & 6:30PM
    Friday 06/04/04 11:00AM & 6:30PM
    Saturday 06/05/04 12:30PM & 4:30PM
    Sunday 06/06/04 12:30PM & 4:30PM
    Monday 06/07/04 11:00AM & 6:30PM
    Tuesday 06/08/04 11:00AM
  • 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 4:00 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.
  • LEWIS HOWARD LATIMER LINDSAY CHALK MEMORIAL BIKE TOUR will be held on Saturday morning 6/19/04 along Vanderbilt Motor Parkway in Alley Pond and Cunningham parks and city streets. Flushing VAC and Glen Oaks VAC also participate in coverage of the event, which lasts about 2 hours.
St. Joseph's Hospital to Close
On 4/15/04 St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Centers announced that it would be closing St. Joseph’s Hospital on Union Turnpike in Flushing. The hospital has 120 beds but had a $68 million operating loss in 2003 and would require capital improvements of $40 million to remain operating. Shutdown will be in stages and is expected to take 6 months to a year to accomplish. Another St. Vincent’s unit, Bayley Seton on Staten Island is, also slated to close.

Bomb Scare Closes Union Turnpike in Hollis Hills
On Monday afternoon 4/19/04 about 3:30 PM Union Turnpike between 210 Street and 211 Street was closed both directions and traffic diverted. A suitcase was found next to Hollis Hills Jewish Center. The NYPD Bomb Squad determined there were no explosives involved and Union Turnpike was reopened about 5:00 PM.

News About NYC Emergency Service Providers
  • BROOKLYN COLLEGE EMS has purchased two (2) pediatric capable Medtronic CR-Plus AEDs.
  • GLEN OAKS VAC received a temporary Certificate of Occupancy for their new headquarters. They expect to move in and have dedication sometime during the next two months.
  • FDNY
    • At least 4 thefts have occurred at FDNY controlled buildings at Fort Totten in Queens over the last 3 to 4 months. The Press of SE Queens reported in its 4/23/04 edition that thieves took $700 in one burglary and stole from a commissary locker in another one. When cash was moved to a safe it too was burglarized and 3 radios taken. The most serious event occurred on 4/13/04 when thieves stole 6 radios, 20 vials of valium, 26 vials of morphine and 6 FDNY uniform coats. The thieves left the Fort in a marked FDNY suburban, which was discovered missing at about 7:00 AM. The vehicle was found about an hour later just blocks from the fort at 212 Street and 15 Avenue in Bayside.
    • The Training Academy is active with 123 EMTs having graduated April 12th. In July two classes with about 150 new hires is scheduled to begin. HAZMAT training is underway to enable the department to staff 25 HAZ TAC units throughout the city. These units answer regular calls when not involved in specialized calls. An in-house paramedic class may start in September.
    • Scannable Ambulance Call Reports (ACRs) will be input initially in Division 1 before being extended to other divisions and battalions. FDNY expects a $10 to $20 million dollar increase in billing receipts when fully implemented.
  • HATZALAH-CROWN HEIGHTS has launched a web site at www.hatzalah.ch As a fundraiser, the division is conducting a raffle with a grand prize of $18,000. Tickets are $100 each or 3 for $250. The drawing will be held on 6/23/04. For more information go to the web site or e-mail info@hatzalah.ch
  • METROCARE AMBULANCE’s Chief Operating Officer Steve Zakheim has resigned. Newsday reported on 4/20/04 that the resignation was due to Zakheim’s legal difficulties which have included a federal indictment charging election contribution irregularities, civil charges concerning Medicare billing and allegations of sexual harassment of female MetroCare employees. In 1999 Zakheim sold Metropolitan Ambulance company to Transcare for $42 million but stayed on as head when it was renamed MetroCare Ambulance. The company has contracts to supply NYC 911 System ambulances and/or crews for 12 hospitals in the city.
  • QUEENS VILLAGE-HOLLIS-BELLEROSE VAC’s old headquarters is now surrounded by a plywood construction fence. Demolition/construction work is expected to begin shortly.
  • RICHMOND ENGINE COMPANY #1 is one of the two volunteer fire departments on Staten Island. Their new web site is at www.richmondengine.org
  • VOLUNTEER HEART AMBULANCE may loose its headquarters at Seaview Hospital. The Staten Island Advance on 4/12 printed a letter to the editor indicating the hospital has asked the squad to leave because of a renovation project. The squad has three ambulances operating from two trailers at the site.
  • FDNY Quarterly CME on Palliative Care – Dealing with Death and Dying presented by senior staff from Calvary Hospital.
    Open to all EMS personnel.
    Thursday June 10, 2004, 6:00 to 10 PM
    Fort Totten, Building 405
    Topics include:
    • The Nature of Suffering and Its Treatment
    • Introduction to Palliative Care
    • Pain Management & Major Symptom Complexes
    • Spiritual Pain and Bereavement
    Refreshments will be served.
    RSVP requested to Paramedic Manuel Delgado at (718) 999-2790 or e-mail delgatm@fdny.nyc.gov

  • Pre-hospital Burn Management at North Shore-Manhasset on Wednesday June 23, 2004, 7:30 PM in the Rust Auditorium. Dinner will be provided and parking validated. Please RSVP via email to: sallyk@nshs.edu by June 18, 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.
  • Staten Island Emergency Medical Training, (718) 981-9474, wjwemtp@aol.com is offering:
    • Refresher – Saturday 5/15/04 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Cost: $180.00
    • Instructor – Monday 6/7/04 7:00 to 10:30 PM, Saturday 6/12 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and if needed Monday 6/14/04 7:00 to 10:30 PM. Cost: $325.00
    These courses are open to EMT-Ps and other health care personnel involved in the care of cardiac patients. Participants should have a knowledge of EKGs, lethal arrhythmias and cardiac drugs/physiology. Both courses will be at Sea View Hospital, Staff Building, 460 Brielle Avenue, Staten Island, NY.

  • Center for Emergency Care Training, (516) 785-6500, is offering: CFR-D BASIC, 6/20/04 through 8/19/04, Sundays, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn. Cost: $500.00

  • Regional Training Center For EMTs Inc., (718) 464-4698 is offering:
    • EMT BASIC starting 7/15/04, Tue & Thur 7:00 to 10:00 PM. Cost: $700.00
    • EMT REFRESH starting 7/15/04, Tue & Thur 7:00 to 10:00 PM. Cost: $500.00
    • CFR-D BASIC starting 7/15/04, Tues & Thur 7:00 to 10:00 PM. Cost: $500.00
    EMT courses are funded for active members of NYS Volunteer Services. All classes are at 1200 Douglaston Pkwy, Douglaston, NY. This is Cathedral College’s Immaculate Conception Center located north of the Grand Central Parkway at the Cross Island Parkway
Mark Your Calendars
  • 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.
  • ROADSIDE TO BEDSIDE EMS CONFERENCE, Tuesday June 8, 2004 sponsored by Westchester Medical Center will be held at Fereri Childrens’ Hospital, Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY. For information call Sari Lugay at (914) 439-8892.
  • 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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