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.
September 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 – 9/13/09 11:00AM – Youth Squad Monthly Meeting
  • Wednesday – 9/16/09 7:45PM – Board of Director’s Meeting
  • Wednesday – 9/16/09 8:15PM – General Membership Meeting

Duty Officer Rotations
1st Lt. Edward Pearce: September, November
2nd Lt John-Paul Vasquez: 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.

Department of Health Audit Is In September
If you have not turned in your updated Medical Clearance form, you will not be able to participate in ANY squad activities after August 31.

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 collections so far:
June 2009 – 7 Responses, yielding $ 450.00 in donations
July 2009 – 216 Responses, yielding $ 6,085.00 in donations
August 2009 – 140 Responses, yielding $ 3,938.00 in donations
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  ***Received***
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
  • $3,000 Sponsored by NY State Senator Toby Stavisky  ***INCREASED***
  • $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
  • Sunday September 13, 10:30am to 1:00pm – Bucket Brigade fundraiser
  • Saturday, September 19, 10am to 4pm – Gethsemane Baptist Church Annual Health Fair
  • Sunday October 18, 9:00am to 1:30pm – American Cancer Society Annual Breast Cancer Walk on Queens Blvd, starts at Queens Town Hall and proceeds north to 63rd Drive and then returns to the starting point. Two ambulance crews will be needed for the standby as well as marchers for the team.

Special Events Covered Last Month

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
  • September 24, Thursday, 2009 – 8am ~ 4pm
    Weapons of Mass Destruction Awareness & Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings
    There is no cost for this course.
    To apply:
    BY PHONE: (516) 719-5043
    BY EMAIL: jroth@nshs.edu
    ON THE WEB: www.northshorelij.com

  • October 13-16, 2009 – 8am ~ 4pm
    Free courses offer by NS-LIJ
    Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents ICS-300
    Advanced ICS, Complex Incidents ICS-400

CPR Training
Last class held was on July 26.
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
  • Saturday September 12, 2009 - The annual LaGuardia Airport disaster drill at 10:00 am. As with every year EMS will play an important role in the patient triage and transport aspect of this exercise. Watch for more details 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.

Important Information Regarding Flu Season
City Announces Strategy for Protecting New Yorkers During the Upcoming Flu Season

City Prepares to Keep Schools Open, Provide Treatment, Make Free Flu Mist and Flu Shots Available to All Elementary School Students in Schools, Provide Public with Current Flu Data

For the upcoming flu season, the City has established a strategy for protecting New Yorkers. It will include:
  • Offering free flu mist and flu shots for H1N1 to elementary school students whose parents want them to receive it;
  • Encouraging New Yorkers to protect themselves and their loved ones by getting flu shots or flu mist for H1N1 and seasonal flu;
  • Helping people with influenza-like illness manage their symptoms and find care;
  • Working with hospitals to ensure the availability of expanded emergency room capacity if it is needed; and
  • Designating primary-care clinics as “flu centers” that can give flu shots, information and outpatient care.
These recommendations are the result of the work performed by 15 interagency working groups that have been meeting throughout the summer.

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