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 2009 Monthly Newsletter

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

Upcoming Meetings
  • Sunday – 3/01/09 11:00AM – Youth Squad Monthly Meeting
  • Wednesday – 3/25/09 7:45PM – Board of Director’s Meeting
  • Wednesday – 3/25/09 8:15PM – General Membership Meeting

Duty Officer Rotations
1st Lt. Edward Pearce: March, May, July, September, November
2nd Lt John-Paul Vasquez: April, June, 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:
December 2008 – 374 Responses, yielding $ 9,610.00 in donations
January 2009 – 62 Responses, yielding $ 2,165.00 in donations
February 2009 – 26 Responses, yielding $ 552.00 in donations
(Note this number is about $4,000 less than last year!)

The squad has applied and for the following grants for 2009:
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.

Special Event Crews Needed
  • Tuesday, March 3, 2009 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
    Daily News Boxing Show at Club Amazura.
  • Saturday, April 18, 2009 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
    Girl Scouts - Earth Day 2009 at Cunningham Park.
  • Sunday, May 31, 2009 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
    Queens Blood Center Drive at HQ.

Special Events Covered Last Month
  • None.

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.

CMEs & Seminars
  • Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 7:00pm
    NORTH SHORE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL, Department of Surgery, Division of Trauma
    Department of Emergency Medicine Presents:
    TOPIC: “Emergency Toxicology - It’s Not Just Poisons
    PRESENTER: Mark Su, MD, FACEP. FACMT, Emergency Physician, Medical Toxicologist
    LOCATION: The Rust Auditorium, 300 Community Drive, Manhasset, NY 11030
    Continuing Medical Educational certificates will be awarded
    Parking will be validated; please bring your parking card
    RSVP by March 9th to: Ellen Redican (ERedican@nshs.edu)

  • Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 6:00pm NORTH SHORE LIJ HOSPITAL presents:
    Topic: “Emerging Concepts: Comprehensive Stroke Interventions
    Presenters: Richard B. Libman, MD, FRCP(C), Director of Stroke and Vascular Neurology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center; and Jeffrey Katz, MD, Director of Stroke at North Shore University Hospital
    Location: Long Island Jewish Medical Center; 270-05 76th Avenue, New Hyde Park, NY
    Gerwin Teaching Center, Room #3
    RSVP to Jennifer Salay by Monday, March 9; 516-562-3061 or jsalay@nshs.edu
    Dinner will be served!

  • Wednesday, March 18th 2009, 7pm – 9:30pm
    or Saturday, March 21st 2009, 10am – 12:30pm
    Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, in Collaboration with the MTA-LIRR presents:
    TOPIC: Safety Awareness & Emergency Response Operations Training
    2 1/2 hours of CME
    • Hazard Awareness and recognition
    • Rescue technique and procedures
    • Entry and evacuation procedures
    • Communication and command procedures
    • Familiarization with equipment
    • Equipment stabilization
    Location: LIRR Hillside Maintenance Complex, 93-59 183rd Street, 4th floor, Hollis, NY 11423
    RSVP Required. Call Wyckoff Heights Medical Center at 718-302-8406 to register

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.
Sign up sheets for classes will be in the dispatch area. The classes are free to members and associates.
Included in the Protocol Updates 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

Learn the ABCs of Fire Extinguishers
Unlike people, all portable fire extinguishers are not created equal. The different letters on the labels indicate the types of fires they extinguish.
  • Class A extinguishers are for fires that involve combustible materials such as cloth, wood, paper, rubber, and many plastics.
  • Class B extinguishers are for fires that involve flammable and combustible liquids such as gasoline, alcohol, diesel oil, oil-based paints, lacquers, and flammable gases.
  • Class C extinguishers are for fires that involve electrical equipment.
  • Class D extinguishers are for fires that involve combustible metals such as magnesium, titanium, and sodium.
  • Class K extinguishers are for fires that involve vegetable oils, animal oils, or fats in cooking appliances. These are mainly for commercial kitchens, like those found in restaurants, cafeterias, and caterers.
Most portable fire extinguishers are rated ABC, which means they are well suited for fires that occur in the home. If you work with metals, or cook for large crowds, consider adding class D and K extinguishers to your arsenal.

Learn more about portable fire extinguishers from the NYC Fire Department at:

Mark Your Calendars
  • March 24-28, 2009: EMS Today – The JEMS Conference and EMS Expo in Baltimore, MD.
  • April 18, 2009: 2nd Annual Greater Westchester EMS Conference at the Royal Regency Hotel, Yonkers, NY For info: 914-798-9797 or email to: info@ems-conference.com
  • April 29, 2009: National Volunteer Fire Council and Baskin Robbins team up for 3rd Annual “31 Cent Scoop Night” Baskin Robbins stores will reduce the prices of ice cream scoops to 31 cents. BR will also donate $100,000 to the NVFC National Junior Firefighter program.
  • May 17 – 23, 2009 has been designated “EMS week.” The NYS EMS Memorial Service at the Empire State Plaza in Albany will be held on Thursday, May 21st. Details on other events to follow.
  • October 15 – 18, 2009: “Vital Signs 2009” in Rochester, NY. Check out website at www.vitalsignsconference.com for details on the EMS conference.

Hard economic times are being blamed for the closing of two more hospitals in Queens: (H39) St. Johns Hospital in Elmhurst and (H36) Mary Immaculate Hospital in Jamaica both closed their doors in February following the bankruptcy of their parent corporation, Caritas. The 11 ambulance units (4 BLS, 7 ALS) provided by these hospitals will be replaced by relocating (and renaming) FDNY units and additional overtime by NSUH-LIJ Units.

Effective March 1, 2009: (except for 50D, which was effective 2/14)
New Units:
Unit: 50D; 24 hrs; Cross Street Location (CSL): 153rd Street / 88th Avenue
Unit: 50Y; 24 hrs; Cross Street Location 110th Ave / Merrick Blvd
Unit: 54W; 16 hrs; Cross Street Location Farmers Blvd / Liberty Ave
Unit: 54U; 24 hrs; Cross Street Location Rockaway Blvd / Baisley Blvd
Relocated Units:
Unit: 53F; 16 hrs; CSL changed to Sutphin Blvd / Linden Blvd

Units changed to 12 hour shifts:
Unit: 53D; Tours 0800-2000, 2000-0800
Unit: 53G; Tours 0700-1900, 1900-0700
Unit: 53I; Tours 0800-2000, 2000-0800
Unit: 54Y; Tours 0900-2100, 2100-0900
Unit: 46E; Tours 0600-1800, 1800-0600
Unit: 46Y; Tours 0800-2000, 2000-0800

FDNY*EMS launched an on-line patient satisfaction survey at www.nyc.gov/fdnyemssurvey. The 11 question, anonymous on-line survey allows patients and families to provide feedback to the FDNY on service provided by EMS and private ambulances dispatched through the NYC 911 system.

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