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.
June 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 – 6/07/09 11:00AM – Youth Squad Monthly Meeting
  • Wednesday – 6/17/09 7:45PM – Board of Director’s Meeting
  • Wednesday – 6/17/09 8:15PM – General Membership Meeting

Duty Officer Rotations
1st Lt. Edward Pearce: July, September, November
2nd Lt John-Paul Vasquez: 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
April 2009 – 3 Responses, yielding $ 175.00 in donations
May 2009 – 6 Responses, yielding $ 199.00 in donations
General Fund mailing is set to go out shortly to 15,000 households.

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:
  • $41,000 Department of Homeland Security – Assistance to Firefighters Grant
    To be used to purchase turnout gear and boots.
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. New captain’s chair seat.
  • JAM-7: Fully operational. New captain’s chair seat.

Special Event Crews Needed
  • Saturday, June 27, 2009 – 113 Pct Explorer Post “Safe Child Day” in Roy Wilkins Park -10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
    The 113 Pct will be taking Children’s fingerprints and DNA samples for the NYS Safe Child Card program. The New York State SAFE CHILD Card serves as an important tool when used in conjunction with the New York State AMBER Alert and Missing Child Alert programs. These cards provide essential missing child information to be electronically disseminated..

Special Events Covered Last Month
  • Saturday, May 30, 2009 – St Johns University Alumni Reunion Celebration.
    Included a carnival and a concert by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. We had a large turnout of squad members and treated 3 patients with one of them transported to QGH ER.
  • Sunday, May 31, 2009 – Queens Blood Center Drive and open house at HQ.
    We collected 31 pints of blood, mostly from squad members and their families.

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 June 10, 2009
    North Shore University Hospital Dept of Emergency Medicine, in honor of EMS week presents:
    TOPIC: “Extreme Sports Injuries in Pediatric Patients
              SPEAKER: Isabel Barata, MS, MD
    TOPIC: “Shaken Baby Syndrome
              SPEAKER: Debra Esernio-Jenssen, MD
    LOCATION: The Swan Club, Glenwood Landing, Sea Cliff, NY
    RSVP: Thomas Rahilly, PhD Trahilly@nshs.edu before June 3
  • 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
  • October 15 – 18, 2009: “Vital Signs 2009” in Rochester, NY. Check out website at www.vitalsignsconference.com for details on the EMS conference.

Noteworthy – FLU “EVENT”
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 don’t 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 at home and avoid contact with other people as much as possible to keep from spreading your illness to others.

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