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.
May 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 – 5/03/09 11:00AM – Youth Squad Monthly Meeting
  • Wednesday – 5/20/09 7:45PM – Board of Director’s Meeting
  • Wednesday – 5/20/09 8:15PM – General Membership Meeting

Duty Officer Rotations
1st Lt. Edward Pearce: May, July, September, November
2nd Lt John-Paul Vasquez: 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
March 2009 – 17 Responses, yielding $ 443.00 in donations
April 2009 – 3 Responses, yielding $ 175.00 in donations
(Note this number is about $3,000 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  ***Received***
  • $2,000 Sponsored by State Senator Toby Stavisky  ***Received***
  • $2,000 Sponsored by State Assemblyman Mark Weprin  ***on Hold***
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: Out of Service – transmission replacement

Special Event Crews Needed
  • Saturday, May 30, 2009 – St Johns University Annual Reunion Celebration.
    This year will include a carnival and a concert by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. We will need at least 8 EMTs and two ambulances to cover the event. Even if you are not medically trained, you can help staff a booth at the great lawn. The event runs from 4pm to 9 pm and we need to be there at 3:15pm to set up the first aid station.
  • Sunday, May 31, 2009 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
    Queens Blood Center Drive at HQ.

Special Events Covered Last Month
  • Saturday, April 18, 2009 – Little League Opening Day – Parade starts at Cunningham Park.
  • Saturday, April 18, 2009 – Girl Scouts - Earth Day 2009 at Cunningham Park.

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 May 13 - 7pm to 9pm
    Winthrop University Hospital Trauma Services presents:
    Topic: MOLST and EMS
    Speaker: Bruce Cohn, JD, EMT-CC, AVP, Winthrop University Hospital
    Location: Winthrop Community Outreach Center, 101 Mineola Blvd, Mineola, NY
    RSVP: Judy Jax, RN, 516-663-8708 or jjax@winthrop.org

  • 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

Mark Your Calendars
  • 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.

As of this writing the Flu outbreak has killed over 100 in Mexico and sickened about 50 in the area. St Francis Prep High School was shut down because of 8 “confirmed” cases. Others in Manhattan and Brooklyn may also be sick. Note that the virus can survive on surfaces for over 72 hours so you can become contaminated by touching a contaminated doorknob, handrail, or anything else 3 days later.

What we are doing to protect ourselves on the ambulance:
  • "Suspected" or "Confirmed" flu cases must wear both a NRB mask and N95 respirator mask over it.
  • N95 Respirator masks are on the ambulance below the CPR seat.
  • Extra cleaning supplies are now on the ambulance to clean door handles and other surfaces that may be contaminated after we transport a "suspected or confirmed case".
  • Make sure you take off your gloves properly and place them in the garbage, NOT on the counter or the seats. If you dont know how to properly remove contaminated gloves, I can show you.
  • DO NOT touch surfaces unnecessarily. For example, if you are the driver, you would take off the contaminated gloves after doing patient care to open the cab door and drive the ambulance.
  • Lastly, be smart. A person who has a fever, looks sick, cough, labored breathing, etc. should be treated as if they are "Suspected".
Protect yourself, your friends and coworkers.

If you are sick, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people as much as possible to keep from spreading your illness to others.

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