Jamaica Estates - Holliswood - South Bayside Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
November 2004 Monthly Newsletter
Captain: Daryl Mazlish
1st Lieutenant: Martin Grillo
2nd Lieutenant: 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
|Thursday 11/11/04 8:00PM||District 4 @ Jamaica Hospital. All invited - Refreshments served|
|Saturday 11/13/04 11:30AM||Youth Corps General Meeting|
|Monday 11/15/04 7:00PM||Mandatory CME on Moving and Transporting Patients. This was mandated by our insurance company. ALL RIDING MEMBERS MUST ATTEND. Dinner will be served|
|Wednesday 11/17/04 8:00PM||General Membership. Nominations for elections. Dinner will be served|
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
Ron Freed has been elected 2nd Lieutenant.
Four (4) Associate member seats on the Board of Directors remain open. We will try to fill the vacancies at the November membership meeting.
Squad Officer Nominations And Elections For 2005
Nominations for the nine (9) squad officer positions will be open at the November membership meeting. Nominations for officers will again be open at the December membership meeting. Election of officers as well as the Board of Directors will take place at the December meeting.
Running the ambulance squad is the same as running a business. We take in and spend in the neighborhood of $110,000. Decisions have to be made and actions taken every day. We need people who will carry out the responsibility to oversee the operation of 2 ambulances and 25 to 30 volunteers, provide for training, deal with vendors of supplies and utilities, see that fund raising and billing is done, deal with regulatory agencies and other EMS organizations, attend squad meetings, speak at community meetings and to our elected representatives and so on.
Please think seriously about who you want running the squad next year. We do not need someone holding an officer or Board position just to fill a slot. Are you satisfied with how incumbents have handled their individual responsibilities? Have the ambulances been maintained? Has necessary training for new members been provided? Have supplies been kept at sufficient levels? Has the HQ been maintained? Have the bills been paid? If you like how an incumbent has done let them know. If you think someone else could do a better job, suggest to that person that they consider running.
Duty Officer Rotations
Capt. Daryl Mazlish: November
1st Lt. Marty Grillo: December
JAM-4: In service. Had transmission serviced and fuel injectors cleaned at Huntington Chevrolet.
JAM-5: Not in service at this time.
JAM-6: In service.
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 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.
Member EMT’s are reminded to completely fill out all the information required on the PCR’s. Please pay special attention to completing the times and treatment given and to please write LEGIBLY. Dr. Horowitz was very critical of our handwriting and the extended on-scene times at the last meeting on November 2.
Members are also reminded not to delay transport of the patient just so you can write the PCR at the scene. Try to get the information you need at the scene and then write the rest of the PCR at the hospital.
Special Events Covered
Special Event Crews Needed
- AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY on Sunday morning 10/17/03 held its annual MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER five mile walk along Queens Boulevard. Event began at 11:00 AM with the start/finish at Queens Borough Hall. There was one response for a police officer whose arm was grazed by a van mirror or door hinge. JAM-6 covered the event with JP Vazquez, Jim Downey, Pamela Moore, Justin Young and Captain Daryl Mazlish.
- HATZOLAH QUEENS had a new ambulance dedication on Sunday morning 11/1/04, which was attended by Dan Tyroler and Jim Downey.
(If available contact Personnel Officer Rob Chen)
News About NYC Emergency Service Providers
- CPR & FIRST AID DEMO will be given at Bell Park Gardens on Saturday afternoon 11/20/04 at 3:00 PM.
- AMERICAL MEDICAL RESPONSE has moved from Ingraham Street in Brooklyn and is now located at 930 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11206, (718) 628-5757.
A new FDNY Battalion Station 54 is scheduled to be built at 222-15 Merrick Boulevard in Springfield Gardens, southeast Queens on the site of a former gas station. Groundbreaking is expected before the end of the year. The area is currently served by units from Mary Immaculate and Jamaica Hospitals.
South Queens, south Manhattan and north Bronx areas will have a total of eight (8) BLS units currently operated by voluntary hospitals converted into ALS units operated by FDNY personnel. EMS Local 2507 is advising its members that it is important that the units be “staffed by motivated individuals who will not hand off calls to the surrounding non-municipal units”.
FDNY opened a new $9.2 million station for the Far Rockaway Battalion 47, located at 303 Beach 49 Street in Edgemere, on 11/3/04. Rockaway FDNY EMS units moved into the new building from their old base at Beach 51 Street & Beach Channel Drive. The new building also houses Engine Company 265 and Ladder Company 121 which came from 58-03 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. This is the first time in NYC history that fire and EMS crews are being based from the same building and presents a variety of work place rules and issues that need to be addressed by management as well as three different unions. For example, firefighters normally prepare and eat meals in-house while ambulance crews stop off at fast food or take-out eateries between calls. Firefighters pay into a commissary fund for meal supplies and it has already been mentioned about who can use the salt and pepper shakers off the kitchen table. The head of the firefighters union commented about firefighters not welcoming workers from “another agency”.
While going to the dedication of the new building, a van of reporters picked up on an incident of lights and siren abuse by the FDNY Commissioner’s Executive Officer. The NY Times, NY Post and Newsday all reported the FDNY Captain in a black SUV was observed running code 3 through a red light on his way to the event. The explanation given was that he was at a meeting that ran late. Supposedly the Captain was reprimanded but will retain the emergency equipment package and Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta has issued a reminder to his other officers not to use lights and sirens in non-emergencies.
Stratos Global Corp., a global communications provider and a distributor of Inmarsat satellite services, has been selected to provide satellite based emergency response communications, including vehicular and mobile terminals for the dependable transmission of video and voice communications between on-the-scene responders and headquarters locations. The Inmarsat Global Area Network mobile satellite system being provided by uses either a roof-top dome or a lightweight portable antenna to provide up to 64 kbps of throughput for Internet and e-mail access, fax, large file transfers, video conferencing and high-resolution image transfer. FDNY will primarily use the technology to facilitate video conferencing between on-the-scene responders and headquarters personnel.
- FIRST RESPONSE AMBULANCE was given approval by NYC Regional Medical Advisory Committee (REMAC) to provide full ALS service. On-line medical control will be provided by Methodist Hospital.
- FOREST HILLS VAC has been given preliminary approval by NYC REMAC to provide limited ALS skills on its ambulances. On-line medical control is in the process of being set up with Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn.
- HATZOLAH QUEENS DIVISION dedicated a new medium duty Freightliner FL60/Road Rescue Ultramedic ambulance on Sunday 11/7/04. Ambulance Q-03 has 70 inch interior headroom and is equipped with an automatic side door step, dual air horns, Thelma brake retarder, adjustable tilt and height “floating” stretcher platform and an extensive warning light package. Funding for the vehicle came from the estate of the late Alice and Eroc Vicktor who made the bequest in recognition of the organization’s lifesaving efforts.
- METROCARE AMBULANCE’s former CEO, Steve Zakheim is reported by Newsday to have been given probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of making an illegal contribution to Brooklyn Democrat Noach Dear in 2002. Details of the plea negotiation as well as the probation report and other documents relating to the case have been sealed. Zakheim had faced up to six months jail time. Other more serious charges were dropped because they were said to be technically difficult felonies to prove. Related federal charges against Zakheim's secretary, Amy Camacho, have also been dropped. Zakheim sold a majority share of MetroCare to TransCare in 1999 for $42 million. He continued as a chief executive of MetroCare until 2004 when he resigned. MetroCare ambulances are being “re-painted” with the TransCare logos and green beltline stripes.
- SALVATION ARMY’s Greater NY Office was called upon to help with Florida hurricane disaster relief. Carlos Varon, former captain of Jamaica Estates VAC and former president of REACT served in Vero Beach, Port St. Lucie and Sebastian. As a Comfort Station manager he was responsible for supervising 25 volunteers and staff including national guardsmen, Southern Baptist volunteers, local volunteers and police at canteens, trailers and store fronts providing food, clothing and counseling.
- TRANSCARE AMBULANCE was dropped in June 2004 as one of the NYC Department of Education’s companies for transporting special needs pupils who because of serious medical problems need an ambulance (vs. a regular school bus) to get to school sessions. This year there are 49 students who need specialized transport. The school’s investigator determined that the vast majority of TransCare employees did not have background checks clearing them for the assignment as well as fitness tests and training in helping the disabled. The NYC DOE report found that the department's Office of Pupil Transportation and the Office of Purchasing Management each thought the other was responsible for monitoring ambulances. The NYS DOH also has restrictions on granting EMT certifications to those with felony convictions.
- Lutheran Medical Center EMS Continuing Medical Education Symposium
Thursday, December 2, 2004, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Kresge Auditorium, 2nd Floor, 150-55th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220
Lutheran Medical Center is providing a continuing education seminar for emergency medical service professionals on Thursday December 2, 2004 from 6 to 9 pm covering:
- Acute Stroke Updates: - “Designated Stroke Centers make a difference. The DOH and LMC experience
- Catheter Based Treatment. Expanding the Window of Acute Treatment
- Novel Therapeutics including Ultrasound and intravascular cooling
- Management of Abdominal Trauma, Past Present and Future
Dinner will be served at 5:30 PM. Kosher dinner also available
Seminar is approved for 3 hours REMAC CME credits
Door Prize and Free gifts
Tours of new Emergency Department will be available.
RSVP by November 26, 2004 to (718) 630-6107
- FLATLANDS VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE is sponsoring a CME on
“THE STATE OF BURN CARE: PAST, PRESENT, & FUTURE”
Presenter: Jay Yelon, DO, FACS, Chief of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, NY.
Monday December 13, 2004 7pm to 10pm at
FVAC Training Center – 4623 Ave N, Brooklyn, NY
Refreshments will be served.
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
- FIRE, RESCUE & EMS MEGA SHOW at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Saturday & Sunday 1/29/05 & 1/30/05. For more information call (631) 669-4300.
- 2005 EMS WEEK VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION DINNER, Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at Russo’s On-The-Bay, Howard Beach, Queens, NY. For information contact Martin Grillo at (718) 474-0680 or e-mail email@example.com
- FIRE EXPO 2005, Friday May 20 to Sunday May 22, 2005 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 with annual attendance running over 22,000. For more info go to the web site at http://www.lcfa.com/EXPO
- PULSE CHECK 2005, the 50th Annual Educational Conference & Trade Show of the NYS Volunteer Ambulance & Rescue Association will be held Thursday 9/22/05 to Sunday 9/25/05 at the Hudson Valley Resort, Kerhonkson, Ulster County, NY - only 90 minutes from NYC. Event features seminars, exhibits, awards dinner and the country's only statewide EMT and CFR team skills competition. For information call (877) NYSVARA or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- VITAL SIGNS CONFERENCE 2005, Friday, October 14, 2005 to Sunday, October 16, 2005 in Rochester, 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
- DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSES AT FDNY ACADEMY: Save 10% on your car insurance. Remove up to 4 points off of your license For Dates & to reserve a seat call: 718 352-3009. Presented by certified NTSI EVOC Instructors. One 6 hour class held at the EMS Academy Ft. Totten Cost is $26.00 for FDNY members and $35.00 for non-members