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November 24, 2014 - American Medical Response Documentation Class

American Medical Response is hosting a Documentation Class on December 19 & 22, 2014, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The information will be presented by Eric V. Hooper, BSHA, MICP, and Evan Befus, MICP from American Medical Response. This is a free event with free EMS CE provided to participants. CA EMS CE provided by American Medical Response, CE Provider 39-0102. For additional information contact AMR, Eric Hooper, BSHA, MICP, Clinical Supervisor at 209-471-9769. Click here for flyer.

November 19, 2014 - EMS Office Closure

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency office will be closed Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28, 2014. The office will re-open with normal office hours Monday, December 1, 2014.

November 10, 2014 - Draft Policies Available for Public Review

The EMS Agency is soliciting public comments on proposed new and revised EMS Policies. The draft policies are available for public comment and may be viewed or downloaded from the Draft Policies web page. Please submit your comments or suggestions using the comment forms provided on the Draft Policies web page no later than 5 PM, December 25, 2014. Completed forms may be submitted by email to Annika Hastings at ahastings@sjgov.org or by U.S. Mail to the San Joaquin County EMS Agency, PO Box 220, French Camp, CA 95231.

November 7, 2014 - EMS Office Closure

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency office will be closed Tuesday, November 11, 2012. The office will re-open with normal office hours Wednesday, November 12, 2012.

November 7, 2014 – Trauma Center Designation Modification

The Mountain Valley EMS Agency has placed Memorial Medical Center's trauma center designation on probation. As a result, the San Joaquin County EMS Agency is revising its trauma destination policy to direct the transport of major trauma patients in the southern catchment area to Doctors Medical Center as specified in EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2014-05, and revised EMS Policies No. 5215 and No. 4709.  Access the memos on the policy page by number.  Questions may be directed to Jamie Nielsen, RN, EMS Trauma Coordinator or Adam Dampier, EMT-P, Prehospital Care Coordinator or by phone at 209-468-6818.

November 7, 2014 – Additional Policy Memorandums Released

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency issued two new Policy Memorandums.  EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2014-04, directs the transport of cardiac arrest patients with a return of spontaneous circulation to a designated STEMI Receiving Center. EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2014-06 clarifies the identification and transport of major trauma patients with isolated head injuries. View policy page. Questions may be directed to Jamie Nielsen, RN, EMS Trauma Coordinator or Adam Dampier, EMT-P, Prehospital Care Coordinator or by phone at 209-468-6818.

October 22, 2014 - San Joaquin County Public Health Services announces free Flu Vaccine Clinics

San Joaquin County Public Health Services (PHS) will provide seasonal influenza vaccinations free of charge at community sites, two days only, on October 28 and 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (or until supplies run out). These special flu vaccine clinics are open to everyone, 9 years of age and older. They are "walk-in" clinics and no appointment is required. For more information, view the press release and flyer in English and Spanish.

October 21, 2014 - Evaluation of Proposals

The EMS Agency received one proposal for exclusive emergency and ALS ambulance services submitted by American Medical Response. The RFP Review Committee determined that AMR's proposal met the legal, objective and competitive standards of SJCEMSA RFP No. 20114-01 and recommended that the County select AMR's proposal. The EMS Administrator concurs with the evaluation committee's recommendation. For more information visit the RFP page.

October 16, 2014 - EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2014-3 Ebola Response Guidance

The San Joaquin EMS Agency has released EMS Policy Memorandum 2014-03, Ebola Response Guidance.  This document provides supplemental guidance for prehospital care personnel in identifying, treating, transporting, and reporting suspected Ebola patient presentation. View the memo here.

October 10, 2014 - 2014 Prehospital Care Symposium - Registration Open

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency is presenting a Prehospital Symposium on November 7, 2014, beginning promptly at 9:00 am (registration begins at 8:30 am) at the San Joaquin County Agricultural Center. Click here for flyer and additional information. This course is being offered at no cost. Upon the successful completion participants will receive a course completion certificate for 3 hours of EMS Continuing Education and/or BRN Contact hours. Provider is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 1524 for 3 contact hours. CA EMS CE provided by San Joaquin County EMS Agency CEP# 39-0001. Please contact Christine Tualla at San Joaquin County EMS Agency, 468-6818, for additional information. Click here to register for this event.

October 8, 2014 - American Medical Response Stroke Education Class

American Medical Response is hosting a Stroke Education Class on November 17, 2014, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. The information will be presented by St. Joseph's Medical Center, Manny Alfonso, RN, MSN, CNS, CCRN, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Dennis Elmer, RN, BSN, Emergency Department Clinical Educator. This is a free event with free EMS CE provided to participants. CA EMS CE provided by American Medical Response, CE Provider 39-0102. Click here for flyerwith additional information. Please contact AMR, Eric Hooper, BSHA, MICP, Clinical Supervisor at 209-944-0618, if you have any questions.

October 6, 2014 - Flu Vaccine Mandate Issued by San Joaquin Health Officer

Health Officer Dr. Alvaro Garza, MD, MPH, has issued an order directing all Health Care Workers, including EMS Personnel, to receive a flu vaccination for the flu season (generally November through March). EMS personnel declining to be vaccinated will be required to wear a surgical mask to prevent droplet transmission to patients. Read the order here. For further information regarding this order, contact Public Health Services at: 209-468-3822.

October 6, 2014 - California EMS Authority Central Registry – Now Includes Paramedic Accreditation Information

The public access EMT and Paramedic Central Registry now includes paramedic accreditation information. The Central Registry allows anyone to check the current license/certification status of EMT's and Paramedic's in California.  You may view the Central Registry at http://www.centralregistry.ca.gov/.  For additional questions, contact Christine Tualla at 209-468-6818. 

October 6, 2014 - AMR Compliance Report for May and June 2014

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of American Medical Response for May 2014 and June 2014 performance under their five-year contract to provide exclusive emergency ambulance service. The AMR contract establishes accountability for meeting specific standards and provides the EMS Agency with complete access to data and information on AMR's operational, clinical, and administrative performance. Click here to view AMR's May 2014 and June 2014. Previous Compliance Reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

October 3, 2014 - EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2014-2 Ebola and Emerging Infectious Disease

The San Joaquin EMS Agency has released EMS Policy Memorandum 2014-02, Ebola and Emerging Infectious Disease.  This document provides guidance for handling inquiries and responding to patients with suspected Ebola symptoms and for safety of prehospital care personnel.  View the memo here.

August 26, 2014 - EMS Office Closure

San Joaquin County EMS Agency office will be closed Monday, September 1, 2014, the office will re-open with normal office hours on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

August 26, 2014 - 2014 Prehospital Care Symposium

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency is presenting a Prehospital Symposium on November 7, 2014, beginning promptly at 9:00 am (registration begins at 8:30 am) at the San Joaquin County Agricultural Center.Click here for flyer and additional information. This course is being offered at no cost. Upon the successful completion participants will receive a course completion certificate for 3 hours of EMS Continuing Education and/or BRN Contact hours. Provider is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 1524 for 3 contact hours. CA EMS CE provided by San Joaquin County EMS Agency CEP# 39-0001. Please contact Christine Tualla at San Joaquin County EMS Agency, 468-6818, for additional information. Click here to access the events page to register for this event.

August 18, 2014 - Save the Date: 2014 SJC Prehospital Care Symposium

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency will be hosting the 2014 SJC Prehospital Care Symposium on Friday, November 7, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The Symposium will include topics such as Spinal stabilization, MICR/ROSC, Stroke and Trauma. All prehospital care providers including MICNs, Paramedics, EMSs and EMRs should plan to attend. More information coming soon.

August 1, 2014 - Release of Request for Proposal (RFP)

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency is soliciting proposals to award an exclusive operating area (EOA) for emergency and advanced life support (ALS) ambulance services and emergency medical dispatch starting May 1, 2016. The RFP document and schedule of events are available at www.sjgov.org/ems/rfp2014.htm

In accordance with the RFP instructions, questions concerning the Request for Proposal should be directed to Dan Burch, EMS Administrator, San Joaquin County EMS Agency, P.O. Box 220, French Camp, CA 95231 or by e-mail dburch@sjgov.org.

July 25, 2014 - Revised Policies

Revised policies effective July 24, 2012, have been posted on the policies page. Click here for the memorandum which lists all policies that have been updated in July 2014. Please take time to read all policies and become aware of all the changes. If you have any questions, please contact Rick Jones at (209) 468-6818 or by email at: rrjones@sjgov.org.

July 3, 2014 - Draft Policlies Available for Public Review

The EMS Agency is soliciting public comments on proposed revisions to existing EMS Policies. The draft policies are available for public comment and may be viewed or downloaded from the Draft Policies web page.

Please submit your comments or suggestions using the comment forms provided on the Draft Policies web page no later than 5 PM, August 20, 2014. Completed forms may be submitted by email to Annika Hastings at ahastings@sjgov.org or by U.S. Mail to the San Joaquin County EMS Agency, PO Box 220, French Camp, CA 95231.

July 3, 2014- Reviews Policies Posted

Revised policies effective July 1, 2014, have been posted on the EMS policies webpage.  Please take time to read all policies and become aware of all the changes.  The policy changes are effective immediately.  All EMS personnel are encouraged to quickly become fully knowledgeable of these policy changes.

July 1, 2014 - AMR Compliance Report for March and April 2014

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of American Medical Response for March 2014 and April 2014 performance under their five-year contract to provide exclusive emergency ambulance service. The AMR contract establishes accountability for meeting specific standards and provides the EMS Agency with complete access to data and information on AMR's operational, clinical, and administrative performance. Click here to view AMR's March 2014 and April 2014. Previous Compliance Reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

June 26, 2014 - EMS Office Closure

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency office will be closed Friday, July 4, 2013, the office will re-open with normal office hours on Monday July 7, 2014.

2014 Paramedic Preceptor Applications Due by July 31, 2014

The 2014 Paramedic Preceptor applications are due by July 31, 2014. Applications are available on the Paramedic Preceptor Authorization & Re-authorization page.. The application to the EMS Agency must be submitted with a letter of recommendation from your ALS employer verifying that you are in good standing with that employer and the employer intends to use you as a paramedic preceptor. Click here for flyer details.

June 6, 2014 - REACH on Tour San Joaquin County

The REACH on Tour San Joaquin County conference brought to you by REACH, San Joaquin County EMS Agency, and American Medical Response will be held Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at the San Joaquin County Office of the Agricultural Commissioner, 2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton, CA 95206, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (registration begins at 7:00 am). The conference is open to all EMS providers and offered at $29.00 per person (includes lunch). Up to eight (8) hours of CE will be offered. CA EMS CE provided by REACH Air Medical Services, LLC, CE Provider #49-0008.  Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 9697, for 8 contact hours. Register online or view the information flyer.

May 30, 2014 - AMR 2014 Skills Training

American Medical Response is offering skills training the second Tuesday and fourth Thursday of each month from 09:00 to 15:00. This opportunity is open to all providers that would like to refresh their necessary quarterly airway skills and/or their infrequently used skills. Both ALS and BLS skills opportunities are provided using the national standard proficiency testing method. Please contact Julie Lindemann at 209-944-0614 to register. Click here for flyer and additional information.

May 22, 2014 - Draft Policies Available for Public Review

The EMS Agency is soliciting public comments on proposed revisions to existing EMS Policies. The draft policies are available for public comment and may be viewed or downloaded from the Draft Policies web page.

Please submit your comments or suggestions using the comment forms provided on the Draft Policies web page no later than 5 PM, July 7, 2014. Completed forms may be submitted by email to Annika Hastings at ahastings@sjgov.org or by U.S. Mail to the San Joaquin County EMS Agency, PO Box 220, French Camp, CA 95231.

May 22, 2014 - American River College - EMS Summer Education Series: Best Practices

American River College is hosting an EMS Summer Educational Series: Best Practices on June 6, 2014, from 7:30 am to 3:45 pm. This is a free event, free lunch, free parking, and free EMS CE provided to participants. CA EMS CE provided by American River College, CE Provider 34-3000. You must RSVP to 916-484-8843 to attend. Click here for flyer with additional information.

May 19, 2014 - AMR – Trauma and MCI Lab Training

American Medical Response is hosting a free Trauma Lab and MCI Lab training on Friday, May 30, 2014, at 400 S. Fresno Ave., Stockton. The Trauma Lab is from 0900-1300 (4 hours of EMS CE) and the MCI Break-out is from 1400-1800 (4 hours of EMS CE). This training is open to all EMS providers at no cost. Up to eight (8) hours of CE will be offered. CA EMS CE provided by American Medical Response, CE Provider #39-0102. Please click here for the flyer. Contact Zach Greenlee, PA-C, at zacharia.greenlee@evhc.net or 209-918-4044 to register.

May 19, 2014 - AMR – Abdominal Trauma Management – Trauma Lab Training

American Medical Response is hosting a free Trauma Lab training focusing on Abdominal Trauma Management presented by Dr. Ahmed Mahmoud, SJGH Surgical Residency Director. This training is offered on Thursday, May 29, 2014, and Monday, June 9, 2014, at 400 S. Fresno Ave., Stockton, and will be held from 1500-1700. This training is open to all EMS providers at no cost. Up to two (2) hours of CE will be offered. CA EMS CE provided by American Medical Response, CE Provider #39-0102. Please click here for the flyer. Contact Zach Greenlee, PA-C, at zacharia.greenlee@evhc.net or 209-918-4044 to register.

May 16, 2014 - EMS Office Closure

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency office will be closed Monday, May 26, 2014, the office will re-open with normal office hours Tuesday, May 27, 2014.

May 16, 2014 - AMR Compliance Report for January and February 2014

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of American Medical Response for January 2014 and February 2014 performance under their five year contract to provide exclusive emergency ambulance service. The AMR contract establishes accountability for meeting specific standards and provides the EMS Agency with complete access to data and information on AMR's operational, clinical, and administrative performance. Click here to view AMR's January 2014 and February 2014. Previous Compliance Reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

May 14, 2014 - San Joaquin County Public Health Officer Warns to Prepare for Hot Weather

San Joauin County Public Health Officer Dr. Alvaro Garza, urges everyone to prepare for upcomming sunny, hot, triple-digit weather before it arrives. A list of precautionary actions and what to do during a heat-related emergency are available here.

May 9, 2014 - Draft Policies Available for Public Review

The EMS Agency is soliciting public comments on proposed revisions to existing EMS Policies. The draft policies are available for public comment and may be viewed or downloaded from the Draft Policies web page.

Please submit your comments or suggestions using the comment forms provided on the Draft Policies web page no later than 5 PM, June 23, 2014. Completed forms may be submitted by email to Annika Hastings at ahastings@sjgov.org or by U.S. Mail to the San Joaquin County EMS Agency, PO Box 220, French Camp, CA 95231.

May 2, 2014 - Measles case reported in San Joaquin County

San Joaquin County Public Health Services announced a case of measles has been reported in San Joaquin County.  Public Health staff are identifying and contacting residents who were probable contacts to the case, to evaluate their immunity status and if needed recommend intervention. Immunization is the best form of prevention. For more information about measles, see the measles fact sheet. View the complete press release here.

April 11, 2014 - REACH on Tour San Joaquin County

The REACH on Tour San Joaquin County conference brought to you by REACH, San Joaquin County EMS Agency, and American Medical Response will be held Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at the San Joaquin County Office of the Agricultural Commissioner, 2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton, CA  95206, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (registration begins at 7:00 am). The conference is open to all EMS providers and offered at $29.00 per person (includes lunch).  Up to eight (8) hours of CE will be offered.  CA EMS CE provided by REACH Air Medical Services, LLC, CE Provider #49-0008.  Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 9697, for 8 contact hours. Register online or view the information flyer.

April 7, 2014 - AMR Compliance Report for November and December 2013

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of American Medical Response for November 2013 and December 2013 performance under their five year contract to provide exclusive emergency ambulance service. The AMR contract establishes accountability for meeting specific standards and provides the EMS Agency with complete access to data and information on AMR's operational, clinical, and administrative performance. Click here to view AMR's November and December 2013 Compliance Report. Previous Compliance Reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

March 27, 2014 - CALCORD Reprogramming Notification

In compliance with theJanuary 2014 California On-Scene Emergency Coordination (CALCORD) Radio Plan and to ensure uninterrupted communications,  the San Joaquin County EMS Agency is requesting all providers communicating on CALCORD to reprogram their radios to include the new Continuous Tone-Code Squelch System (CTCSS) effective 0800 hours on Thursday May 15, 2014.

After May 15, 2014, neighboring air and ground ambulance providers and other potential users of CALCORD in San Joaquin County should use the 2014 Continuous Tone-Code Squelch System (CTCSS) programming when communicating on CALCORD to ensure interoperability between providers and agencies. Form more information see the CALCORD reprograming memo here.

March 13, 2014 - EMS Agency Modifies July 2014 PAO and PSR Training Dates

The July training dates for PAO 14-07 and PSR 14-07 have been modified to 07/23/2014. Times and locations are unchanged. Register from the events page.

March 7, 2014 - 2014 ALS Field Treatment Manual is Available for Purchase or Download

The pocket sized "2014 ALS Field Treatment Manual" is now available for purchase at the EMS Agency. As you are aware, all ALS ambulances are required to carry an ALS policy manual (although, not necessarily pocket sized). The price for each manual is $15.00. If you would prefer to download a PDF version of this manual (8.5 x 11), click here.

March 4, 2014 -French Camp Fire District Reserves Host Annual Pancake Breakfast

The French Camp Fire District Reserve Firefighters Organization will be hosting their annual Pancake Breakfast Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 7 am to 12 noon at the French Camp Fire Station, 310 E. French Camp Rd., French Camp, CA. All proceeds to benefit the French Camp McKinley Fire Department Firefighters' Association. Click here for the flyer.

February 12, 2014 - EMS Office Closure

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency office will be closed Monday February 17, 2014, the office will re-open with normal office hours Tuesday, February 18, 2014.

February 12, 2014 - Northern California SIDS Training for Emergency Personnel and Health Professionals

The Northern California SIDS Training for Emergency Personnel and Public Health Professionals is Thursday, March 20th, 2014. Click here for the flyer. The training will be held at the San Joaquin County Office of Education, Wentworth Education Center, Burwood Auditorium, 2707 Transworld Drive, Stockton, CA 95206. Click here for the registration form. The deadline for returning the Registration form is, Thursday, March 6th. There is no charge for the training and CEUs will be provided.

February 5, 2014 - 2014 EMS Administrators' Association of California Conference

This conference, scheduled for May 28 and 29, 2014 in San Diego is the premiere conference for multi-disciplinary EMS leaders statewide. This year's conference topic is "Adapting to the Sea Change" and features speakers discussing the critical issues facing EMS Systems, public and private sector EMS providers, and other emergency organizations and departments. Speaker topics include: Changes in Public Health, Following and Leading during Transformational Change, EMS Research, MCI (Asiana 214) and Terrorist Bombings, EMS Economics and Financial Challenges, Changes in Clinical Care, and Community Paramedics. View the conference brochure for registration information.

January 28, 2014 - Revisions of the Ambulance System Plan available for 7-day Public Comment Period

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency is soliciting comments on revisions to the draft 2014 Ambulance System Plan. The EMS Agency made several revisions to the draft Ambulance System Plan following the 30-day public comment period. The Ambulance System Plan shall serve as the foundation for the development of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for emergency ambulance services scheduled to be released by the County in the spring of 2014. The Ambulance System Plan describes the structure and operation of emergency ambulance service and prehospital care services in San Joaquin County. Comments must be received in writing at the EMS Agency by February 4, 2014.

January 27, 2014 - AMR Compliance Report for September and October 2013

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of American Medical Response for September 2013 and October 2013 performance under their five year contract to provide exclusive emergency ambulance service. The AMR contract establishes accountability for meeting specific standards and provides the EMS Agency with complete access to data and information on AMR's operational, clinical, and administrative performance. Click here to view AMR's September and October 2013 Compliance Report. Previous Compliance Reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

January 27, 2014 - Manteca District Ambulance Employment Opportunity

Manteca District Ambulance is recruiting a Full-time Paramedic Field Supervisor / CQI & Education Manager. Click here for the job posting announcement and information. The last day to apply for this position is February 4, 2014. Qualifications are posted at the District's Administration Office or can be emailed by contacting Jonathan Mendoza at jon.mendoza@mdas.us.

January 21, 2014 - 2014 Paramedic Preceptor's Conference Schedule

The 2014 Paramedic Preceptor's Conferences are scheduled for Friday, April 25, 2014, and Monday October 20, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am, in the San Joaquin County EMS Agency Classroom.  The conferences are open to current Paramedic Preceptors and offered at no cost.  Attending one conference per year is required to maintain a Paramedic Preceptor Authorization.  The format is round table discussion and will include the following topics: best practices, evaluation & remediation, communication, roles & responsibilities, and reportable offenses.  The moderator will be Adam Dampier.  Up to two (2) hours of instructor-based, EMS CE will be offered. CA EMS CE provided by San Joaquin County EMS Agency CEP#39-0001.  These Bi-annual conferences are offered to maintain paramedic preceptor authorization.  Register online at http://www.sjgov.org/ems/events.aspx. View the information flyer here.

January 13, 2014 - EMS Office Closure

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency office will be closed Monday January 20, 2014, the office will re-open with normal office hours Tuesday, January 21, 2014.

January 10, 2014 - EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2014-01 - Paramedic Report of Traumatic Arrest

EMS Policy Memorandum 2014-01, Paramedic Report of Traumatic Arrest provides guidance on the application of EMS Policy No. 5783 ALS Adult Trauma Treatment. In summary, this memo states the elapsed time from cardiac arrest to arrival at the trauma center is a key factor in determining whether or not the attending physician or surgeon will perform a thoracotomy. During radio presentation and upon arrival at the trauma center all paramedics are directed to immediately inform the trauma team of the time of cardiac arrest. The memorandum has been added to the Policies web page and may be accessed here.

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