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.
July 2007 Monthly Newsletter

Captain: Daryl Mazlish - info@JEVAC.org
1st Lieutenant: Edward F. Pearce
2nd Lieutenant: John-Paul Vasquez
Treasurer: Jennifer Konigsberg
Financial Secretary: (Vacant)
Recording Secretary: Margaret Martens
Corresponding Secretary: Midge Pearce
Personnel Officer: Celia Sporer
Equipment & Supply: Daniel Tyroler

Upcoming Meetings
  • Sunday – 7/01/07 11:00AM – Youth Corps Meeting
  • Wednesday – 7/18/07 7:45PM – Board of Director’s Meeting
  • Wednesday – 7/18/07 8:15PM – General Membership Meeting

Duty Officer Rotations
1st Lt. Edward Pearce: July, September, November
2nd Lt John-Paul Vasquez: August, October, December
• Dispatchers are asked to contact the Duty Officer (Ed this month) at the beginning of shift to confirm that the squad is in operation.

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
Building Fund Collections So far:
November 2006 – 72 Responses, yielding $ 2,522 in donations
December 2006 – 386 Responses, yielding $ 8,537 in donations
January 2007 – 106 Responses, yielding $ 3,034 in donations
February 2007 – 17 Responses, yielding $ 310 in donations
March 2007 – 15 Responses, yielding $ 472 in donations
April 2007 – 8 Responses, yielding $ 355 in donations
General Fund Collections So far:
May 2007 – 121 Responses, yielding $ 6,121 in donations
June 2007 – 257 Responses, yielding $ 3,892 in donations

  • Grant funds have been received in the amount of $5,000, secured by NY State Senator Frank Padavan.
  • Grant funds have been received in the amount of $3,000, secured by NYC Councilman David I. Weprin.
  • Grant funds have been received in the amount of $2,000, secured by NY State Assemblyman Mark Weprin.
  • AXA-Equitable grant in the amount of $5,000 has been received, in recognition of Phil Konigsberg’s Darwin Davis Award for meritorious service to the community.

Ambulance Maintenance
  • JAM-6: Fully operational.
  • JAM-7: Fully operational. Note both ambulances now have tinted windows!!!

Special Event Crews Needed

Special Events Covered
Saturday June 9, 2006 4:00pm to midnight
St. Johns University Alumni Weekend Activities, Jim Downey, Rocky Diaz, Brandon King and Captain Mazlish participated in this event.

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.
  • EMT BASIC, CFR – Original & Refresher starting July 19, for the NYS Exam on December 13, 2007
    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
    At Cathedral College at Immaculate Conception Center
    Tuition $725, application Deadline is July 19, 2007
    CIC: Robert Pace. Instructor: Various, For Information, contact Bob Pace at http://www.rtcemt.com

CMEs & Seminars
  • Thursday, July 12th, 2007 @ 7pm
    The Regional Pediatric Trauma Center At Schneider Children’s Hospital Is Pleased To Present
    TOPIC: “Pediatric Abdominal Trauma
    PRESENTED BY Dr. Nelson Rosen, Md Director; Regional Pediatric Trauma Center; Schneider Children’s Hospital
    LOCATION: Saul And Evelyn Epstein Teaching Center; Ground Floor, LIJ Hospital Campus
    Dinner And Free Parking For All Attendees
    RSVP IS REQUIRED By 7/7/07 718-470-4547 Or E-Mail Gberry@Lij.Edu
  • Wednesday, July 25, 2007 @ 5:00 p.m.
    Lutheran Medical Center Presents: “EMS Continuing Education Symposium
    Dinner will be served in the LMC Cafeteria, 1st floor @ 5pm
    RSVP BY July 18, 2007 to 718-630-6107
    Presentations will begin at 6:00pm in Medical & Dental Staff Auditorium
    • Opening Remarks - Myles Davis Senior Vice President, Corporate Services
    • Pitfalls in Thoracic Trauma; Fausto Vinces, M.D.; Director, Trauma
    • Emergency Stroke: Hyperacute Management Salman Azhar, M.D, .Director, Stroke Center
    • Great Cases in Emergency Medicine; Bonnie Simmons, D.O. Chair, Emergency Medicine; Medical Director, Pre-hospital Care
    • Hemorrhagic & Ischemic Stoke Current State of the Art Neurointerventional Therapy; Sundeep Mangla. M.D.; Director, Interventional Radiology
  • Monday, July 30, 2007 – 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    Medisys Prehospital Summer Symposium
        PRESENTED BY Lewis Marshall, Md Jd, Chairman- Emergency Services & Remac
        PRESENTED BY Michael Stracher, Md Sm, Orthopedic Surgery
        DIRECTED BY Allen Cherson, Do, Assistant Director Emergency Services
    6 Hours Of Remac Approved CME (3 hrs lecture/3hrs call review)
    LOCATION: Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center - Alumni Hall Auditorium - Lunch Will Be Served
    For Free Registration or Information, Please Contact Mordechai Lax at CME@medisyshealth.org
  • Tuesday, September 11, 2007 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    New York Downtown Hospital Presents the Fifth Annual “Emergency Preparedness Symposium
    The Goldman Sachs Conference Center - 32 Old Slip in Lower Manhattan, NY
    For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Mendez Josephs at 212-801-1722 or via email at mendez.josephs@downtownhospital.org.
CPR Training
The new American Heart Protocols (“2005 Protocols”) are out. As per orders from the NY State Dept of Health, all riding members must be updated to the new protocols by July 1, 2007.
Sign up sheets for classes will be in the dispatch area. The classes are free to members and associates.
Included in the 2005 Protocols are changes to the following:
  • What constitutes an adult versus a child
  • Hand position
  • Changes to blind finger sweeps
  • Compression sequence changes (30:2 versus 15:2)
  • Infant CPR
  • Procedures for witnessed arrest and drowning victims
  • AED procedures
  • Recovery position
Mark Your Calendars
  • PULSE CHECK 2007, the 52nd Annual Educational Conference & Trade Show of the NYS Volunteer Ambulance & Rescue Association will be held Thursday 10/4/07 to Sunday morning 10/7/07 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. For more information, call (877) NYSVARA or e-mail pulsecheck@NYSVARA.org.
Interesting And Noteworthy
  • Former JEVAC Captain L. Carlos Varon (2002) has been named Nassau County Red Cross Emergency Services Director
    The American Red Cross in Nassau County has named Carlos Varon, a resident of Flushing, as its new director of emergency services. Varon had been a hurricane preparedness associate for the Red Cross’ Long Island Hurricane Initiative.

    Varon brings eleven years of emergency service experience to the position, including assignments during Hurricane Katrina, the World Trade Center attacks and the crash of Flight 587 in Rockaway, Queens. Prior to joining the Red Cross, Varon was the assistant director of emergency services for the Greater New York Division of the Salvation Army.

    As the Emergency Services Director for the Nassau County Red Cross, Varon will oversee the Nassau Chapter’s readiness to respond to disasters—from single-family home fires to catastrophic events like hurricanes—as well as provide assistance to military members through emergency communications.

  • LIJ Hospital to Open First Phase of New Emergency Department
    $34 Million Phyllis and William Mack Emergency Center will double the size of the ER and reduce patient waiting time.

    On June 26, 2007, LIJ Medical Center celebrated the completion of construction on the first phase of a $34 million renovation and expansion project that will double the size of the hospital’s Emergency Department with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

    The Phyllis and William Mack Emergency Center includes18,500 square-feet of new space that is expected to be opened to the public later this summer, pending approval by the NYS Department of Health. The second phase of construction includes the renovation of an additional 18,000 sq-feet of space currently occupied by the existing ER.

    When fully completed in 2008, the 36,500-square-foot Mack Emergency Center will feature 41 private exam rooms, including 23 for acute-care patients, 8 fast-track rooms (patients with injuries and illnesses that are less severe), and 10 for pediatric and adult psychiatric patients.

    The new facility also offers patients and family members a new, more accessible parking lot next to the drop-off area, as well as a waiting area that has been expanded into a two-story, light-filled lobby with living room-style features. Of special note, a new decontamination area has been built directly off the ambulance bay to treat victims of a catastrophic event, such as a bioterrorism or chemical attack. This area includes shower stalls set-up for decontamination stations that drain into an independent reservoir.

Keep Safe This Summer!
Practice safe grilling techniques:
  • Never use a propane grill on a balcony, roof, or terrace. It is both dangerous and illegal.
  • Have a fire extinguisher, a garden hose attached to a water supply, or at least 16-quarts of water close by in case of a fire.
  • Never pour or squirt starter fluid directly onto open flames. The flames can easily flashback along the fluid's path to the container in your hands.
  • NEVER attempt to extinguish a grease fire with water. It will only cause the flames to flare up. Instead, use an approved portable fire extinguisher.

In Memoriam
1/30/1951 ~ 7/2/2007
A life that ended too soon.

Ron was a founding member of the Ambulance Corps and with his sister Gitta “Babe” Freed (1942-1999) started the Corps from nothing more than an idea. Ron was a kind and gentle man, who was always willing to help others and never complained about his life, despite his many medical problems. Ron was a fighter. He suffered many setbacks in his health, but not his life. He lived his life the way he wanted, I am sure his only regret is that he did not get to live it longer. Ron is survived by his son Adam (also a JEVAC member), and his sister Monica. In 2005, JEVAC conferred upon Ron “Life Member” status. He will surely be missed.

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