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.
August 2008 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: (Vacant)
Equipment & Supply: Daniel Tyroler

Upcoming Meetings
  • Sunday – 8/03/08 11:00AM – Youth Squad Monthly Meeting
  • Wednesday – 9/17/08 7:45PM – Board of Director’s Meeting
  • Wednesday – 9/17/08 8:15PM – General Membership Meeting

Duty Officer Rotations
1st Lt. Edward Pearce: September, November
2nd Lt John-Paul Vasquez: August, October, December
• Dispatchers are asked to contact the Duty Officer (JP 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
General Fund Collections so far:
May 2008 – 5 Responses, yielding $ 436.00 in donations
June 2008 – 235 Responses, yielding $ 8,569.00 in donations
July 2008 – 197 Responses, yielding $ 3,832.00 in donations

The squad has received grant applications for the following:
New York State:
  • $5,000 Sponsored by State Senator Frank Padavan
  • $2,000 Sponsored by State Senator Toby Stavisky
  • $2,000 Sponsored by State Assemblyman Mark Weprin
New York City:
  • $3,000 Sponsored by City Council Member David I. Weprin

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

Photos From Youth Corps Fundraiser Carwash
Please check out the following link for lots of photos and video clips of the car wash!

Special Event Crews Needed

Special Events Covered Last Month
  • Wednesday July 30, 6:00pm to 9:15pm - St. John’s University 10th Annual Concert on the Lawn with the Queens Symphony Orchestra. Present were: EMT James Chin, EMT Victor Chow, CFR Manav Nanda, EMT Arshaad Yar, Joseph Bodnar, Paramedic Rob Chen, Paramedic Martin Grillo, Lieutenant Ed Pearce, Captain Mazlish.

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.
  • St. Johns University Emergency Medical Service Institute
    Paramedic – Original – Class 4
    Tuesday and Thursdays 9am – 5pm + 11 scheduled Wednesdays 9am – 5pm
    Orientation 8/5/08, Course start date: 8/15/08 for the NYS EMT-P exam to be given on 6/18/09
    LOCATION: Andrew Bartilucci Center, 175-05 Horace Harding Expy, Fresh Meadows, NY. Screening exams consisting of both written and verbal competency skills evaluation are now being conducted. For more info or to schedule screening exam, contact Cathy Cotroneo, 718-990-8436 or contronec@stjohns.edu
  • LaGuardia Community College – Center for Continuing Education
    Emergency Medical Technician Basic Course
    Evening Class: September 9th, 2008 – January 15th, 2009
    Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays - 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    Day Class: September 16th, 2008 – December 18th, 2008
    Tuesdays and Thursdays - 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    (Tuition Fee: $780.00 and Registration Fee: $15.00 payable at time of registration)
    Return application to: LaGuardia Community College
    Attn.: Christine Alvarez
    31-10 Thomson Avenue, Room C-339; Long Island City, New York 11101
    Further Information: Please call (718) 482-5768
    Application Form Deadlines: Evening class: August 25th; Day class: August 29th, 2008
  • Flatlands Volunteer Ambulance Corps Training Center presents
    Emergency Medical Technician CHALLENGE REFRESHER
    START DATE: September 28th, 2008 (Written and Practical Challenge)
    Course scheduled for Sundays 8 AM to 4 PM - Approx. 68 class Hrs
    For the N.Y. State Written Exam to be held on 12/18/08
    Cost: $400.00 not including books (State funding applied for)
    Due to Limited Seating Pre-registration and a $50.00 non refundable deposit is required.
    Mail Deposit To: Fred P. Wilken Training Center Flatlands Volunteer Ambulance Corps 4623 Avenue N., Brooklyn, New York 11234. Make Checks Payable To The Flatlands Volunteer Ambulance Corps. For More Information Contact Fred Wilken 718-531-1585

CMEs & Seminars
  • Monday, August 11, 2008 7:00pm-8:30pm
    NYS EMS Spinal Immobilization Protocol Update Required For All Paramedics and EMTs
    LOCATION: Glen Oaks Volunteer Ambulance Corps
    257-02 Union Turnpike; Floral Park, New York 11004
    COST: FREE For Members of Volunteer Ambulance Services (ID Or Letter On Corps Stationary Required) $10 CASH For Others
    1 Core Content CME Hour: Trauma
    RSVP REQUIRED: For More Information or to RSVP
    E-mail: EMSRSVP@AOL.COM or Call: (718) 425-9213

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

Important Message About Hurricaine Season From NYC's OEM
Although hurricanes are uncommon in New York City, they are most likely to occur between August and October. Experts predict an active hurricane season in 2008 with 15 named storms. Hurricane Dolly, the fourth named storm of the season, formed more than a month earlier than 2007's fourth named storm.

New York City's densely populated coastlines and complex infrastructure make it the second most vulnerable U.S. city to hurricane damage. Do you have a plan if a hurricane hits? Start by using OEM's Hurricane Zone Finder to determine if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone.

NYC Council Grants To Volunteer EMS Organizations (and others)
Funding for local programs throughout the city for the 2008-2009 fiscal year which begins 7/1/08 has been announced. Each of the 51 Council members received several hundred thousand dollars to allocate to worthy organizations. Included in the over 2,000 grants totaling $46 million were 23 of the city’s 38 independent VACs & VFDs (plus one VAC being formed) who received a total of $146,500.
Bedford-Stuyvesant VAC15,000Vann
Broad Channel VFD/VAC7,000Addabbo
East Midwood VAC Youth training)5,000Nelson
Edgewater Park VFD5,000Vacca
Flatlands VAC10,000Fidler
Forest Hills VAC3,000Katz
Gerrittsen Beach VFD/VAC12,500Fidler
Glendale VAC2,500Como
Glendale VAC (Youth Corps expenses)5,000Como
Glen Oaks VAC150,000Weprin
Jamaica Estates VAC3,000Weprin
Lindenwood VAC5,000Addabbo
Middle Village VAC2,000Como
North Shore Rescue Squad3,000McMahon
North Shore Rescue Squad3,000Oddo
Point Breeze VFD5,000Addabbo
Queens Village-Hollis-Bellerose VAC3,000Weprin
Richmond Engine Co #1 VFD5,000Oddo
Ridgewood VAC2,500Como
Rockaway Point VFD/VAC5,000Addabbo
Roxbury VFD/VAC5,000Addabbo
Throggs Neck VAC8,000Vacca
Volunteer Heart Ambulance3,000Ignizio
Volunteer Heart Ambulance3,000Oddo
West Hamilton Beach VFD/VAC7,000Addabbo
Woodhaven-Richmond Hill VAC5,000Addabbo
Woodhaven-Richmond Hill VAC1,500Como
Wood-Heights VAC (being formed)7,500Sears
Yeshiva of Staten Island is to receive a $5,000 grant sponsored by Councilman Ignizio to "Maintain volunteer ambulance corps, equipment purchase and vehicle maintenance". However, the EIN indicated for the organization, 13-5600419, according to the guidestar.org non-profit reference web site, belongs to Mesivtha Tifereth Jerusalem, 145 East Broadway, New York, NY 10002. Neither organization is authorized by the NYS DOH to operate an ambulance. It is unclear who the actual beneficiary of the grant is.

The full list of grants is on the NYC Council web site at http://council.nyc.gov/html/budget/budget_FY09

Mark Your Calendars
  • Wednesday September 10, 2008 – 8:30am ~ 4:30pm
    New York Downtown Hospital – 6th Annual Emergency Preparedness Symposium @ the Goldman Sachs Conference Center; 32 Old Slip, Lower Manhattan, NY. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Ms. Mendez Josephs by email at mendez.josephs@downtownhospital.org
  • Thursday September 18, 2008 to Sunday September 21, 2008
    PULSE CHECK 2008, the 53rd Annual Educational Conference & Trade Show of the NYS Volunteer Ambulance & Rescue Association will be held at the Hudson Valley Resort, Kerhonkson, Ulster County, NY. The event features seminars, exhibits, statewide EMT/CFR team skills drill and ambulance drill competitions, memorial service and awards dinner. Information will be posted on the Association’s web site at www.nysvara.org. If more information is needed call (877) NYSVARA or e-mail pulsecheck@NYSVARA.org
  • Thursday October 2 to Sunday October 5, 2008
    NYS Dept of Health presents the annual Vital Signs Conference at the Buffalo
    Niagara Convention Center, Buffalo, NY
    For General Information Contact: Donna Gerard, Conference Coordinator at (518) 402-0996 Ext. 3

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