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.
April 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 – 4/05/09 11:00AM – Youth Squad Monthly Meeting
  • Wednesday – 4/15/09 7:45PM – Board of Director’s Meeting
  • Wednesday – 4/15/09 8:15PM – General Membership Meeting

Duty Officer Rotations
1st Lt. Edward Pearce: May, July, September, November
2nd Lt John-Paul Vasquez: April, June, 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
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
March 2009 – 17 Responses, yielding $ 443.00 in donations
TOTAL TO DATE BUILDING FUND DONATIONS: $12,770.00
(Note this number is about $3,000 less than last year!)

Grants
The squad has applied and for the following grants for 2009:
New York State:
  • $5,000 Sponsored by State Senator Frank Padavan  ***Received***
  • $2,000 Sponsored by State Senator Toby Stavisky  ***Received***
  • $2,000 Sponsored by State Assemblyman Mark Weprin
New York City:
  • $3,000 Sponsored by City Council Member David I. Weprin  ***Received***

The squad has applied and for the following grants for 2010:
New York State:
  • $5,000 Sponsored by NY State Senator Frank Padavan
  • $2,000 Sponsored by NY State Senator Toby Stavisky
  • $2,000 Sponsored by NY State Assemblyman Mark Weprin
  • $2,000 Sponsored by NY State Assemblyman Rory Lancman
New York City
  • $3,000 Sponsored by NY City Council Member David I. Weprin
  • $3,000 Sponsored by NY City Council Member James Genarro


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

Special Event Crews Needed
  • Saturday, April 18, 2009 from 8:45 am to 10:00 am
    Little League Opening Day – Parade starts at Cunningham Park.
  • 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
  • Daily News Boxing Show at Club Amazura. Was held on March 3, 2009, 7:00pm to 11:00 pm. Antonio Costa, James Chin, Manav Nanda, Jim Downey and Daryl Mazlish provided the medical standby coverage.

Courses
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.
  • NONE AT THIS TIME

CMEs & Seminars
  • Monday April 6, 2009
    OCME is hosting a WMD Radiation/Nuclear Awareness training course. The class is going to be starting @ 8AM and running for 6 hours at the DNA building, 421 First Ave , New York , NY. This is a FEMA approved WMD training. Please see the links below for an outline of the training program and how to register.
    http://s254571415.onlinehome.us/1.AWR%20140%207-16-08.pdf
    http://www.ctosnnsa.org/Courses.html

  • Thursday and Friday, June 11 and 12, 2009 - 7:45am – 4:30pm
    North Shore University LIJ Health System – Harvey Cushing Institute of Neuroscience presents: 2nd Annual Neuroscience Nursing Symposium
    TITLE: “Exploring The Brain & Spine: Innovations In Patient Care
    LOCATION: Crest Hollow Country Club, 8325 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY
    Fee: $250 if pre-register before 5/27/09

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:
http://www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/html/safety/extinguisher/index.shtml


Mark Your Calendars
  • 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 18, 2009: George Dillman/Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund Paintball Fundraiser
    George Dillman was a Volunteer Firefighter EMT and Con Edison worker killed while working in Brooklyn, NY on October 9, 2008. George also installed the video surveillance system in use at Jamaica Estates VAC. The paintball fundraiser will provide financial support for the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund.
    LOCATION: Cousins Paintball, 513 Commack Avenue, Deer Park, NY 11729
    COST: $60 per person. Registration begins at 9:00am, Games start at 10:00 am (6 hour session).
    For more details visit http://www.cpsaints.com or http://www.paintballcloseout.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.
  • May 20, 2009 - 11:00 am - EMS Memorial Dedication - Empire State Plaza
    For further information including group attendance or emergency vehicle registration contact Donna Gerard at 518-402-0996 ext 3
  • October 15 – 18, 2009: “Vital Signs 2009” in Rochester, NY. Check out website at www.vitalsignsconference.com for details on the EMS conference.

Noteworthy
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 FDNY Units:
Unit: 50D; 24 hrs; Cross Street Location (CSL): 153rd Street / 88th Avenue Unit: 50U; 24 hrs; Cross Street Location (CSL): Rockaway Blvd / Baisley Blvd 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

NSUH LIJ 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

Effective March 29, 2009: New Units as follows:
FDNY:
Unit: 50F; Tours 0630-1430, 1430-2230; CSL Sutphin Blvd/110th Rd (Formerly 53F)
Unit: 53F Deleted.

North Shore University-Forest Hills Hospital (H77)
Unit: 46F; Tours 0800-2000, 2000-0800; CSL 57th Avenue/99th Street, Corona

North Shore - Long Island Jewish Medical Center (H35)
Unit: 53A; Tours 0630-1430, 1430-2230; CSL: Jamaica Avenue/212th Street

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.


In Memoriam
Richard J. McAllan, of New York City formerly of Wanamassa, Ocean Township , died Thursday, March 26th at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, at the age of 58. He died from complications following quadruple bypass surgery.
          Richard was the former President of Emergency Medical Service Local 2507 of District Council 37, and a New York City EMS Senior Paramedic. A member of the first Paramedic class to graduate from Jacobi Hospital in 1974, Richard was a dedicated street medic who fought passionately to save lives. An idealist, he became a foe of a City bureaucracy which he believed did not serve the best interests of the public by not adequately funding EMS services.






 
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