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.
March 2006 Monthly Newsletter

Captain: Daryl Mazlish
1st Lieutenant: Martin Grillo
2nd Lieutenant: Sam Merel
Treasurer: Jennifer Konigsberg
Financial Secretary: (Vacant)
Recording Secretary: Margaret Martens
Corresponding Secretary: (Vacant)
Personnel Officer: Ed Pearce (Acting)
Equipment & Supply: Daniel Tyroler

Upcoming Meetings
  • Wednesday – 3/08/06 8:00PM – Board of Director’s Meeting
  • Friday – 3/10/06 7:00PM – Youth Squad Meeting
  • Wednesday – 3/15/06 8:00PM – General Membership Meeting
Nominations for all open positions will be taken at the next General Membership meeting to be held on March 15, 2006.

Duty Officer Rotations
1st Lt. Martin Grillo:  April, June, August, October, December
2nd Lt. Sam Merel:  March, May, July, September, November
• Dispatchers are asked to contact the Duty Officer at the beginning of shift to confirm that the squad is in operation.

FREE hepatitis and meningitis vaccinations are available for active squad members. Please contact Captain Mazlish at info@JEVAC.org if interested. There will be three stacked shots. The third shot will be on March 22, 2006.

Operations Reminders
  • Check out sheets for the ambulance and equipment are to be completed at the beginning of each shift.
  • Please empty the trash from the ambulance at the end of each shift.

Fund Drive
  • 15,000 envelopes were stuffed and labeled by the FEGS group at the Samuel Field Y for the Annual Building Fund Drive mailing. Approximately 12,000 letters were mailed in December 2005. So far, approximately $14,000 has been collected so far.

  • $33,680 US Government Assistance to Firefighters [and EMS] Grant to the squad was announced 8/19/05. Funds will be used for EMS equipment, PPE and Wellness and Fitness programs.
  • Awaiting a $2,000 grant secured by NYS Assemblyman Mark Weprin, paperwork has been completed ahead of schedule and sent in.

Ambulance Maintenance
JAM-6: Fully operational.
JAM-7: Fully operational.

In Memoriam
JOSEPH MICHAEL PELO – 42 years old, EMT, member of Jamaica Hospital Medical Center EMS and EMS Lieutenant at West Hamilton Beach VFD/VAC on February 18, 2006. Mass was celebrated Wednesday February 22, 2006 at St. Mary’s Gate of Heaven Church in Ozone Park, NY. An honor guard stretched from one end of St. Mary’s Gate of Heaven Church to the other, and consisted of members from the West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department; Jamaica Hospital Medical Center’s EMS; firefighters, EMTs and Paramedics from the FDNY; uniformed NYPD officers; volunteer firefighters from Broad Channel, Coram, Elmont, Island Park and Oceanside; ambulance personnel from St. Vincent’s Hospital, Lindenwood VAC, Forest Hills VAC and Jamaica Estates VAC; and City Councilman Joseph Addabbo. After the ceremony, the honor guard, NYPD bagpipers and a fly-by from the New York City Police Department’s Aviation Unit, greeted Pelo’s casket as it exited the building. The funeral procession went past Joseph’s home on 103rd Avenue, up Woodhaven Boulevard to St. John’s Cemetery in Middle Village, with a police escort.

A Message From NYS Dept Of Health, Edward G. Wronski, Director, Bureau Of Emergency Medical Services
The American Heart Association has published their new 2005 Guidelines for Emergency Cardiac Care. The AHA has implemented a timeline spanning through the fall of 2006 for the implementation of these new guidelines within their courses.
            The New York State Emergency Medical Advisory Committee and Emergency Medical Services Council is in the process of reviewing the new AHA Guidelines. It is important to remember that these are guidelines set forth by the AHA and must be individually reviewed to determine which guidelines will become the standard of care within NYS. The SEMAC and SEMSCO have begun this review process. When this process is complete, they will vote on which guidelines to accept within NYS.
            Once the guidelines have been approved by SEMAC and SEMSCO, the Bureau of EMS will begin the process of changing all levels of the NYS written Certification Examinations, Practical Skills Examinations, Statewide BLS Protocols, curricula and Policy Statement 02-04. Until that time, all of the above mentioned items will still reflect the AHA 2000 Guidelines.
            The Bureau of EMS will notify Course Sponsors as to when the change in certification examinations will be complete. Please continue to check our web site for updates to the process of accepting the 2005 AHA Guidelines.

Special Event Crew Needed
The NYC Office of Emergency Management is planning to stage a large, full scale, coordinated railway accident exercise on Sunday March 26, 2006 in the Maspeth area of Queens. The exercise will begin at 10:00am and continue until approximately 2:00pm.

Special Events Covered
None this Month.

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.
  • PARAMEDIC Original starting September 2006, Mon, Tues Thurs 6:30pm to 10:30pm
    At North Shore LIJ Center for Emergency Services
    Paramedic Training Program Open House Saturday March 25, 2006 10:00am
    EMS Building, 15 Burke Lane, Syosset, NY 11791
    Cost: Application Fee $50. Course Cost $7,000 includes books
    Prerequisites: Current EMT, 1 year of Experience, pass Pre-test and Interview
  • EMT Refresher March 11, 2006 to May 18, 2006, Classes Saturdays 9:30am to 5:00pm
    LOCATION: Glen Oaks Volunteer Ambulance Corps
    257-02 Union Turnpike, Glen Oaks, Queens
    CIC: Robert Smath
    Candidates must preregister for the course. To preregister or for additional info call Charles Hummel at (718) 456-4194 or E-mail Chummel52@aol.com
  • Accelerated CFR Basic class aimed at Youth Squad members may be offered by the West Queens EMT Institute at the start of summer 2006 if there is enough interest. It would run weekdays for 2 to 3 weeks with the NY State test held June 15, 2006 or August 17, 2006. Please notify Charles Hummel at (718) 456-4194 or E-mail Chummel52@aol.com if any squad has members who are interested in the course.
CMEs & Seminars
  • Sunday, March 5, 2006, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    TOPIC: CEVO II Class - Coaching the Emergency Vehicle Operator
    BRAVO Volunteer Ambulance, 8507 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
    COST: $15.00 for Volunteers - $25.00 for others
    A reservation and deposit is required for this class since space is limited. Please contact Instructor Louis Cazzetta at: (917) 642-7008 Louis@lessons-for-life.com
    All attending will receive a National Safety Council certificate and a CEVO II patch.
  • Wednesday, March 8, 2006 @ 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    St. Anthony’s Allied Health Professional Institute
    SPEAKER: Louise Capellupo, RPA-C Medicolegal Investigator, Office Of Chief Medical Examiner
    LOCATION: Board Room, 175-05 Horace Harding Expressway, Fresh Meadows, NY 11365
    Open to all EMS responders, Coffee, Tea and Cookies will be served
    Contact Robert Hou at 718-357-0500 x193 or x112, or rhou@svcmcny.org for info.
  • Wednesday, March 8, 2006 @ 7:30 PM
    North Shore University Hospital, Department of Emergency Medicine, Department of Surgery / Division of Trauma In cooperation with the Nassau County Regional Trauma Advisory Committee
    SPEAKER: Dina El Kady, MD, Attending Physician, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of OB/GYN, North Shore University Hospital
    LOCATION: North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, Rust Auditorium
    2 hours of CME per session will be awarded
    Dinner will be served. Please present parking garage tickets before dinner for validation
    RSVP to: sallyk@nshs.edu by 3/6/06
  • Monday, March 20, 2006 at 7:00 PM
    The Regional Pediatric Trauma Center at Schneider Children’s Hospital is pleased to present:
    PRESENTER: Nelson Rosen, MD, SCH Dept of Surgery, Director Regional Pediatric Trauma Center
    TIME: MONDAY, March 20, 2006 @ 7pm
    LOCATION: Saul and Evelyn Epstein Teaching Center, Ground Floor, LIJ Campus
    Dinner and Free Parking for all attendees
    RSVP is required by 3/15/06 at 718-470-4547
  • Thursday, March 30, 2006 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
    Our Lady Of Mercy Medical Center, Department Of Prehospital Care Presents
    SPEAKER: Captain Andrew Werner, Commanding Officer, FDNY Office of Medical Affairs
    LOCATION: Our Lady of Mercy Auditorium, 600 East 233rd Street, Bronx, NY 10466
    Pre-registration is required, please contact Ken Reardon 718-920-9945 kreardon@olmhs.org
  • Friday March 31, 2006 – 6:00pm to 9:30 pm
    Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY
    Conference Center – Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center
    Pre-registration is required 914-493-8892
  • Wednesday May 17, 2006 at 7:00 PM The Regional Pediatric Trauma Center at Schneider Children’s Hospital is pleased to present:
    PRESENTER: Mark Mittler, MD, co-Chief Div of Pediatric Neurosurgery
    LOCATION: Saul and Evelyn Epstein Teaching Center, Ground Floor, LIJ Campus, 269-01 76 Avenue, New Hyde Park, NY 11040
    Dinner and Free Parking for all attendees
    RSVP is required by 5/10/06 at 718-470-4547 or email gberry@lij.edu
  • Monday, Sept 18, 2006 at 7:00 PM
    The Regional Pediatric Trauma Center at Schneider Children’s Hospital is pleased to present:
    PRESENTER: Peter Silver, MD, Clinical Director, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
    LOCATION: Saul and Evelyn Epstein Teaching Center, Ground Floor, LIJ Campus, 269-01 76 Avenue, New Hyde Park, NY 11040
    Dinner and Free Parking for all attendees
    RSVP is required by 9/11/06 at 718-470-4547 or email gberry@lij.edu
Mark Your Calendars
  • LITTLE LEAGUE PARADES will be in April. More details to follow soon!
  • Thursday April 6 – 7:00pm to Midnight
    State Senator Malcolm A. Smith – 6th Anniversary Celebration of his Election to the NYS Senate
    at Antun’s 96-43 Springfield Blvd, Queens Village, NY
    Donation of $70 is required per person
  • 2006 NYC VOLUNTEER EMS RECOGNITION DINNER, Tuesday May 16, 2006 at Russo’s On-The-Bay, Howard Beach, Queens. For information/reservations contact Martin Grillo at info@emrnyc.com.
  • FIRE 2006, the 100th annual conference of the NYS Association of Fire Chiefs, Thursday to Saturday, 6/15-6/17 2006 in Lake George, NY. For info go to www.nysfirechiefs.com
  • PULSE CHECK 2006, the 51st Annual Educational Conference & Trade Show of the NYS Volunteer Ambulance & Rescue Association will be held Thursday 8/24/06 to Sunday morning 8/27/06 at the Hudson Valley Resort, Kerhonkson, Ulster County, NY - only 90 minutes from NYC. Event features seminars, exhibits, statewide EMT/CFR team skills drill and ambulance drill competitions, memorial service and awards dinner. Information will be available soon at www.nysvara.org on: conference registration, room reservations, preliminary list of seminars, Drill application, trophy donations, golf outing and Journal ads. There will also be information on the web site about nominations for the Association’s annual awards and scholarships. If more information is needed call (877) NYSVARA or e-mail pulsecheck2000@aol.com
  • NY FIRE CHIEFS’ ISLAND CONFERENCE & EXPO, Saturday & Sunday, 9/23-9/24, 2006 at Hofstra University, Hempstead, Long Island will feature displays of industry manufacturers, and local distributors including apparatus, gear, tools, equipment and collectibles as well as product demonstrations. For info go to www.nysfirechiefs.com

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