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.
October 2004 Monthly Newsletter

Captain: Daryl Mazlish
1st Lieutenant: Martin Grillo
2nd Lieutenant (Acting): Ron Freed
Treasurer: Jennifer Konigsberg
Financial Secretary: Ron Freed
Recording Secretary: Margaret Martens
Corresponding Secretary: Steve Guttman
Personnel Officer: Robert Chen
Equipment & Supply: Daniel Tyroler

Upcoming Meetings
Saturday 10/09/04 – 11:30AM Youth Corps General Meeting
Wednesday 10/13/04 – 8:00PM Board of Directors
Thursday 10/14/04 – 8:00PM District 4 @ Brookdale Hospital. All invited - Refreshments served
Wednesday 10/20/04 – 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.

Officer & Board Of Directors Vacancies For 2004 – Election Of New 2nd Lieutenant On Wednesday October 20
Jeff Balcourt has been removed as 1st Lieutenant effective August 18, 2004. Per squad bylaws, Marty Grillo moves from 2nd Lieutenant to 1st Lieutenant and the office of 2nd Lieutenant is open for election. Ron Freed has been appointed Acting 2nd Lieutenant until an election is held.
          Four (4) Associate member seats on the Board of Directors remain open. We will try to fill the vacancies at the October membership meeting.

Duty Officer Rotations
1st Lt. Marty Grillo: October and December
Capt. Daryl Mazlish: November

Ambulance Maintenance
JAM-4: Currently in service, but is plagued by recurrent front end and alignment problems. A few weeks ago, JAM-4 hit an object that bent the front steering control arms on the passenger side. All front control arms on both sides were replaced. In addition, the shock tower on the driver’s side had to be replaced because of a stress fracture. An additional oxygen tank with a regulator has been installed on a bracket behind the captain’s chair in the patient compartment. Slide the chair forward for access to the tank. This additional tank can be used when transporting two patients on oxygen. Both this tank and the D cylinder in the Oxygen bag have new regulators.

JAM-5: Not in service at this time.

JAM-6: Had extra warning lights installed on the rear bulkheads for brakes, flashers and box lights. Had a new alternator installed after the original one malfunctioned. Replaced a front headlight that was malfunctioning. JAM-6 still needs to have radios installed.

Albuterol-Epipen-Aspirin CME
On Monday October 18, 2004 starting at 8:00 PM there will be a MANDATORY CME covering the NYC Regional EMS Council protocols on albuterol, EpiPen and aspirin.
          This CME is required by our Medical Director in order to be authorized to carry these items on the ambulance and administer them to patients. If you had this class in June or earlier or received the training through FDNY you are not required to attend. CFR's are welcome to attend the class.
          If you cannot make this date, one additional CME will be given next month.

QA/QI Meetings
The West Queens Volunteer Ambulance Association sponsored QA/QI group, of which the squad is a member, will be having meetings at Forest Hills VAC starting at 8:00 PM on Tuesday 11/2/04, Tuesday 1/4/05 and Tuesday 3/1/05. The squad is required to have a quality assessment/improvement program that involves a doctor and some non-member participants and taking part in the West Queens group satisfies this requirement.

Special Event Crews Needed
(If available contact Personnel Officer Rob Chen)
  • AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY on Sunday morning 10/17/03 will be having their annual MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER five mile walk along Queens Boulevard. Event begins at 11:00 AM with the start/finish at Queens Borough Hall. A crew is needed to staff an ambulance for about 3 hours. Contact number is (718) 263-2224.
  • NYC MARATHON will be held on Sunday, 11/7/03. The NYC Road Runners are responsible for arranging EMS coverage of the event. As in prior years, since this is a high profile citywide event, they requested FDNY EMS to coordinate coverage in the park and along the route. FDNY is expected to request volunteer sector ambulances and crews to assist in coverage along the route. Our squad has participated in the event in years past. If you are available and wish to participate, contact Captain Mazlish or Rob Chen. This is an all day event.
Oxygen Tanks Donated
On 9/18/04 Bellerose Village VFD donated to the squad 8 aluminum E tanks, 1 steel D tank, 2 aluminum D tanks and 1 double tank cart.

Jamaica Estates VAC Repeater Antenna Broken
Upon inspection of the antenna array on top of Hilltop Village, our antenna was broken, apparently by the strong winds. Arrangements will be made to replace the broken antenna and wires at the next BOD meeting.

East Queens Central Dispatch
New Central Dispatch frequencies have been acquired by East Queens Mutual Aid System. A Jamaica Estates VAC command frequency has been programmed into the Kenwood mobile radios and Motorola portable radios.

Hazmat Concerns Delay Transport Of 11 Year Old Kitchen Explosion Victim
Family members questioned why an 11 year old girl in Canarsie, Brooklyn who lost several fingers in a kitchen explosion was kept in an FDNY ambulance for an hour after it arrived at 7:29 PM before being transported to a hospital at 8:38 PM. The source and cause of the 9/15/04 explosion was unclear with the kitchen microwave or stove as strong possibilities. The child was found covered in blood and with white powder on her clothes. FDNY said that since the EMTs were unsure what the powder might be a decision was made to treat the child at the scene rather than take her to a hospital immediately and risk contaminating other people. It is not known what pre-hospital treatment was provided or what decontamination measures were carried out or by whom. The powder was eventually determiner to be dry plaster.

NYC Reports Indicate EMS Response Times Up
The NYC Council’s Public Safety Committee issued a report on 9/13/04 indicating that for the period July to October 2003 ambulance response time rose 15 seconds. FDNY credited the rise to the 8/14-8/15 blackout but it is unclear if there were actually any accurate records from those days. Fire and police response times also rose. The number of deaths from fires rose from 18 to 29 versus the same time period in 2002.
          The 246 page Mayor’s Management Report covering the city’s July through June fiscal year was issued on 9/15/04 and confirmed rising ambulance response times for the past 3 fiscal years.
2002 2003 2004
Category 1-3 life threatening calls 6:52 6.54 7:00
ALS response times under 10 minutes 79.0% 79.0% 78.7%
Average cost of FDNY ambulance tour $1,167 $1,243 $1,268
          Call volume was also up 3%.

News About NYC Emergency Service Providers
  • FDNY
    Organizational changes effective 9/20/04
    Special Operations Battalion will be re-designated the Rescue Operations Battalion.
    Borough EMS Divisions will now report to the Fire Borough Commander.
    There will be 5 EMS Divisions rather than 6.
    The move towards decentralized FDNY Borough Commands began in August 2002 when Mayor Bloomberg scrapped the former administration’s top down, centralized and rigid command structure. Borough commanders are able to make their own decisions and are held accountable for their results and the day-to-day direction of field units and in management of a broad range of issues, including budgeting, personnel and planning. The changes are, in part, in response an audit of the department's performance on September 11, 2001 which cited a lack of discipline and poor coordination.
  • ROCK VAC & The Lighthouse Corporation are having their 3rd annual Black Tie Awards Dinner on Thursday 11/4/04 at the Beach Club in Rockaway. $100 per person with sponsorships and journal available. Organization accomplishments over the past year include a 200 person summer youth program, 32 person EMT Basic course and 9 Rock VAC members who are now OEM CERT Team Members. For reservations or more info contact Rev. Donald Ventura at (718) 337-2431 or Ventu60@aol.com
  • SUNY MARITIME COLLEGE in the Bronx has surrendered its ambulance operating certificate. They have not been operating an ambulance for over a year but are providing some type of first responder service on the campus.
    Seminar & hands-on training
    Sunday, October 24, 2004, 9:00AM to 3:00PM, Registration begins at 8:00AM
    Orange County NY Fire Training Center, New Hampton, NY
    $10 fee includes coffee break, lunch & certificate
    RSVP to (845) 374-1900 or Fax (845) 374-1905
    For more info go to http://www.ertt.org/haz_mat_decon.htm
    New York Hospital of Queens on Thursday, October 26, 2004
    5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Continuing Education session on “Heart Disease in Women” for First Responders, EMT’s and Paramedics
    Educational Session on “Heart Disease in Women” for non-medical guests
    Free on-site blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screenings
    Buffet dinner for all participants
    Seating is limited and registration is required.
    Call (718) 670-1426 to RSVP
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.
Mark Your Calendars
  • HAMFEST sponsored by the Hall of Science Amateur Radio Club, Sunday, October 10, 2004, starting at 9:00 AM at the Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Admission $5.00.
  • 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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