LCEMS Has an Eventful Fall
The past few months have proven to very exciting and eventful for LCEMS employees. We have placed 2 new trucks in service, promoted a new Lieutenant., sent several employees to various specialty classes, hired 4 new Paramedics, and even managed to sponsor a youth flag football team at the Laurens YMCA.
Although the sponsorship of the football team was not driectly related to our agency, it was truly heartwarming to see that several of our employees, some of whom don't even have kids or live in the county cared enough to contribute to this cause out of their own pocket. The team we sponsored was in the 6-8 yr. old group, and finished the season with a record of 4-4, and all of the members recieved an award for their sportsmanship. Thanks to all of the employees who contributed for helping to make this possible.
Education Opportunities Abound
In October some of our employees braved the chilling water of the Saluda River to take part in a 3-day Swiftwater Rescue Technician course. This class included lectures on theory and features of the river, followed by numerous "in-water" exercises designed not only to test participants ability but also teach them how to survive should they end up in the water. This class was coordinated through Western Laurens Fire Rescue, and sponsored through the Tennesee Association of Rescue Squads. Special thanks to Cheif Arsenault for allow us to participate.
(L-R) Troy Aldridge, Jeremy Baker, Steve Hudson, Mike Sullivan
Later in October LCEMS sent 5 employees to Atlanta for several days to attend the national EMS Expo. This meeting, held at the World Confrence Center drew over six-thousand attendees from all branches of the emergency service family worldwide. It provided not only a chance to attend several excellent classes, but also a chance to see first hand the newest equipment and techniques available to EMS providers.
(L-R) Mike Sullivan, Shelly Sanders, Troy Aldridge, Wes Esarove
(Not pictured - Chad Burrell)
Our employees continued to go "above and beyond" for the sake of training on November 14th, 2009 when a group of LCEMS employees made the trip to Doctor's Hospital in Augusta to attend an Advanced Burn Life Support class. This class is designed to give both pre-hospital and hospital based providers an in-depth review of burn injuries and their care. Numerous employees had expressed interest in attending the class, but we were only able to send 5 this time, hopefully we will be able to send more in the future. One particularly impressive fact that we learned is that Doctor's Hospital is one of 43 facilities in the nation that is certified as a "Burn Center" by the American Burn Association. Thanks to Jeanne Haid, RN for inviting us to this class and congratulations to Jennifer Merideth, Jon Bailey, Troy Aldridge and Jason Eichman for representing our agency so well.
Personnel Changes at LCEMS
The past few months have also accounted for several personnel changes at LCEMS. When the month of September began, we were in the process of accepting applications for the Lt. position on A shift that was vacated when Ms. Eubanks resigned earlier in the year. New Paramedics Dan Murrin and Rick Hequembourg had recieved their state certifications and were in the process of getting released to function as the primary provider capacity. We had positions available and were in the process of hiring several new employees.
Paramedic Murrin Paramedic Hequembourg
Since that time we have hired and oriented four new employees (2FT & 2PT), all of whom are experienced Paramedics. We have promoted Jason Eichman, a ten year veteran of our system, to fill the Lieutenant's vacancy. Dan and Rick have both proven themselves to be well prepared for the challenges that await them, and have been released as primary providers.... Good Job Gentlemen!!
Lt. Jason Eichman
One of the biggest accomplishments in November was getting the new supervisor's rescue truck placed in service. On November 2nd as part of our regular monthly staff meeting equipment was placed on the unit and it was put into service. This unit is not only set up as a Paramedic Quick Response unit will also have an extensive assortment of rescue equipment on board. This multi-role capability was designed to enable our supervisors to function in a rescue capacity throughout the county in cases where it is needed.
LCEMS Working to Expand Services
Well folks the last several weeks have been very busy for us here at LCEMS, but the efforts have been well worth it. These labors have been geared around 2 major projects, both of which will result in key improvements to the level of service provided by our agency.
The first of these projects was getting Medic 5 up and running. The addition of Medic 5 will be a major asset to our daily operations. Medic 5 will be on duty from 930AM to 1130PM seven days a week. The unit will be primarily stationed at the Headquarters station, alternating calls and other assignments with Medic 1. Medic 5 officially went in service on August 17th at 0930. The inaugural crew for Medic 5 was made up of Paramedic Mike Lundis and EMT Megan Massengill. Although the crew will be using a spare ambulance initially, a new unit was approved in this year's budget and is already in the process of being built. We are hopeful that this additional unit will not only assist with the ever increasing call volume but also serve to decrease response times to emergency calls.
The second project we have been working on is the addition of Rescue/Extrication equipment to the Supervisor’s QRV. Laurens County EMS was pleased to be able to host 2 automotive extrication classes last month. These classes, provided through Newton’s Fire Equipment, were designed not only to educate our staff about hands on extrication techniques, but also to introduce them to some of the hazards present in some of today’s newer cars. These hazards can include any or all of the following…multiple air-bags, seatbelt pre-tensioners, high voltage power systems and alternative fuels just to name a few. These classes also provided the students with a chance to familiarize themselves with the extrication/rescue equipment that will be carried on the new supervisor’s unit in the future. Although these classes were offered to ALL LCEMS employees they were required for all supervisory personnel.
LCEMS Celebrates EMS Week
May 17 - 23, 2009
Sunday’s kick-off event, a mock DUI scenario at the Exchange Building had to be postponed due to threatening weather. We were able to hold it on Wednesday afternoon in conjunction with the other scheduled events which included the Teddy Bear Fair, and a special guest appearance by Safety Pup!!!
On Friday evening, employees gathered for the annual employee appreciation cookout at Little River Park. This marked the second straight year that employees had a chance to get together for fun, food and fellowship outside of work. The menu this year was made up of hotdogs and hamburgers donated by Med-Trans Corp, while much of the fixin’s were made possible by a generous gift from Firman Ford. In addition to this, numerous attendees won door prizes donated by local merchants. Once the door prizes had been handed out, several employees were recognized for their length of service to the citizens of the county. The event finally concluded with 3 employees being recognized for their outstanding service over the past year.
2009 Employee Award Winners
Mike Worthen – EMT of the Year
Matt Pennington – Paramedic of the Year
E. Mike “Emo” O’Brien – Part Time Employee of the Year (not shown)
On Saturday, EMS employees got together for the 2nd Annual EMS Softball Challenge. This year pitted the LCEMS team against their counterparts from Greenwood County EMS. Admission to the game was free, but refreshments were available with all of the proceeds going to benefit Laurens County Hospice. In addition to the normal ball-park fare, baked goods were donated for sale by Sharon’s Confections. Overall, over $300 was raised for Hospice thanks to these efforts. In other news, not only was the concession stand successful, the softball team also managed to win both games of the double-header (13-9 and 8-5).
LCEMS would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of the individuals and businesses whose generosity made our celebration of EMS week so wonderfully successful.
Med Trans Corporation
Firman Ford - Laurens
McDonalds - Laurens
China Star Restaurant - Laurens
Bishops Tire – Clinton
The Clock of Laurens
Sonic - Mauldin
LCEMS Offering FREE CPR Classes for residents
Beginning in February 2008, Laurens County EMS has been offering FREE community CPR to the citizens of Laurens County in an attempt to strengthen its heart healthy initiatives. The program focuses on CPR and response to choking, gives information on AHA's adult and pediatric chain of survival, and helps participants:
recognize signs of choking in infants and children
recognize signs of heart attack, cardiac arrest, stroke, and choking in adults
- reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and prevent the most common fatal injuries to infants and children