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July 10 - Paramedic Preceptor Applications Due by July 31, 2017

The 2017 Paramedic Preceptor applications are due by July 31, 2017.  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.

July 5, 2017 – San Joaquin County Civil Grand Jury Releases Report on Countywide Dispatch for Fire Service

Based on its investigation the 2016-2017 San Joaquin County Grand Jury “has determined that a single countywide emergency fire dispatch center is needed in the County of San Joaquin.”  The Grand Jury report states that “a countywide dispatch center would benefit the citizens of the county and provide cost efficiency.” Among its conclusions the Grand Jury found that:

  • The Valley Regional Emergency Communications Center (VRECC) has received and holds fire service accreditation as an Accredited Center of Excellence (ACE) by the international Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED), a level of achievement that the Stockton Fire Dispatch Center does not possess. The Grand Jury concluded that the disparagement of VRECC is unwarranted.
  • VRECC has deployed state-of-the-art computer assisted dispatch (CAD) software and automatic vehicle locator (AVL) technology that the Stockton Fire Dispatch Center does not possess.
  • The City of Stockton charges members of the San Joaquin County Regional Fire Dispatch Authority (the cities of Stockton, Lodi, Tracy, Manteca and the Lathrop-Manteca Fire District) twice the amount for fire dispatch than VRECC charges members of the Joint Radio Users Group (the fire districts of Escalon, Ripon, Farmington, French Camp-McKinley, Collegeville, Montezuma, Linden-Peters, Clements, Woodbridge, Liberty, Mokelumne, Thornton, Waterloo-Morada).
  • The City of Stockton could save over $1.25 million annually by contracting with VRECC to provide fire dispatch services.  

The Grand Jury is recommending that the San Joaquin County EMS Agency form a taskforce in collaboration with the City of Stockton, the Joint Radio Users Group, and the San Joaquin County Regional Fire Dispatch Authority to develop a “plan to consolidate into a single countywide emergency fire dispatch center.”

The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors, each city council, and the boards of directors for all fire districts are required to submit written responses the Grand Jury within 90 days.  

VRECC, formerly known as Lifecom, has served as the EMS dispatch center for San Joaquin County since May 1, 2006. VRECC which holds ACE accreditation for both emergency medical dispatch (EMD) and fire dispatch is operated by American Medical Response as part of its emergency ambulance service contract with San Joaquin County. The members of the Joint Radio Users group have contracted with VRECC for fire dispatch since September 1, 2006. Click here to view the Final Grand Jury Report.

July 1, 2017 - Fee Schedule Effective July 1, 2017

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has updated the EMS Fee Schedule effective July 1, 2017, which has been approved by the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors.

June 30, 2017 - EMS Accepting Applications for Primary Stroke Center Designation

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency is accepting applications for Primary Stroke Center designation through 5pm on August 31, 2017. The complete application packet may be found on the Stroke Center Application webpage.  The Primary Center Designation requirements can be found in EMS Policy No. 4811. Questions regarding Primary Stroke Center designation should be directed to Mary Barnes at (209)468-6818 or by email at mbarnes@sjgov.org.

June 30, 2017 - EMS Office closed for Independence Day Observance

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency office will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

June 28, 2017 - State of California EMS Authority Issues revisions to EMT Regulations effective July 1

The State of California EMS Authority issued revisions to the emergency medical technician regulations. The revised California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Division 9 Prehospital Emergency Medical Services, Chapter 2, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) are effective July 1, 2017. Several revisions have been made to the EMT basic scope of practice enabling local EMS agency medical directors to implement EMT administration of naloxone, epinephrine auto-injectors, and glucose testing. In the coming year, the San Joaquin County EMS Agency (SJCEMSA) will be revising policies and treatment protocols to implement these new modalities. Be advised that BLS providers may not use these modalities until specifically approved to do so by the SJCEMSA. Department's interested in adding naloxone, epinephrine auto-injectors, and glucose testing for use by EMTs should notify Shahloh Jones Mitchell, EMS Analyst, by email at sjonesmitchell@sjgov.org.

The revised regulations include additional EMT training requirements and a revised EMT Skills Competency Verification form. The form must be submitted with all EMT applications as of July 1, 2017. Questions
regarding EMT certification/recertification should be directed to Christine Tualla, EMS Specialist, by email at ctualla@sjgov.org.

The complete set of EMS regulations can be found online at http://www.emsa.ca.gov/regulations.

June 26, 2017 - Ripon Consolidated Fire District Compliance Reports for March and April 2017

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of Ripon Consolidated Fire District for March - April 2017 performance under their exclusive emergency ambulance service agreement. The RCFD agreement establishes accountability for meeting specific standards and provides the EMS Agency with complete access to data and information on RCFD's operational, clinical, and administrative performance. Click  to view RCFD's compliance reports for March and April 2017. Other Compliance Reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

June 7, 2017 - AMR Compliance Report for January and February 2017

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of American Medical Response for January and February 2017 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 to view AMR’s January and February 2017 compliance reports. Previous Compliance Reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

June 6, 2017 - July's EMS Liaison Committee meeting date moved to August

The EMS Liaison Committee meeting has been changed from July 13 to Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 0900 hours at the Health Plan of San Joaquin, Community Room, 7751 South Manthey Road. French Camp, CA 95231.  A full agenda packet will be available a week prior to the meeting date. Further meeting information may be found on the committees page.

June 2, 2017 - New and revised EMS Polices Posted

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has posted revised EMS policy No. 3202, Medical Priority Dispatch System Assignments, EMS Policy No. 5215, Trauma Patient Destination,  EMS Policy 5754, ALS Acute Stroke; and new EMS Policy No. 4811, Primary Stroke Center Designation to the EMS Policies page of the EMS Agency's website. These policies become effective July 1, 2017. Click here to find SJCEMSA's response to the comments submitted during the public comment period that ended on May 15, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Rick Jones at (209) 468-6818 or by email at rrjones@sjgov.org.

May 30, 2017 - MDA Compliance Report for March - April 2017

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of Manteca District Ambulance for March and April 2017 performance under their exclusive emergency ambulance service agreement.  The MDA agreement establishes accountability for meeting specific standards and provides the EMS Agency with complete access to data and information on MDA's operational, clinical, and administrative performance.  Click here to view MDA's March and April 2017 compliance report.  Previous Compliance Reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

May 25, 2017 - EMS Office Closure

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency office will be closed Monday, May 29, 2017. The office will re-open with normal office hours Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

May 16, 2017 - MDA Compliance Report for January - February 2017

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of Manteca District Ambulance for January and February 2017 performance under their exclusive emergency ambulance service agreement.  The MDA agreement establishes accountability for meeting specific standards and provides the EMS Agency with complete access to data and information on MDA's operational, clinical, and administrative performance.  Click here to view MDA's January and February 2017 compliance report.  Previous Compliance Reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

May 15, 2017 - ECA Compliance Report for January - February and March - April 2017

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of Escalon Community Ambulance for January, February, March, and April 2017 performance under their exclusive emergency ambulance service agreement. The ECA agreement establishes accountability for meeting specific standards and provides the EMS Agency with complete access to data and information on ECA's operational, clinical, and administrative performance. Click here to view ECA's January and February 2017 or March and April 2017 compliance reports. Previous Compliance Reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

April 21, 2017 - AMR Compliance Report for September - October 2016 and November - December 2016

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of American Medical Response for September - October 2016 and November -December 2016 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- October 2016 and November - December 2016 compliance reports. Previous Compliance Reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

April 17, 2017 - Ripon Consolidated Fire District Compliance Reports for January - February 2017

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of Ripon Consolidated Fire District for January - February 2017 performance under their exclusive emergency ambulance service agreement. The RCFD agreement establishes accountability for meeting specific standards and provides the EMS Agency with complete access to data and information on RCFD's operational, clinical, and administrative performance. Click  to view RCFD's compliance reports for January and February 2017. Other Compliance Reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

April 12, 2017 - EMS Liaison Agenda for meeting on April 13, 2017

The EMS Liaison Committee is scheduled for Thursday, April 13, 2017, at 0900 hours.  The meeting will be held in the Health Plan of San Joaquin, Community Room, 7751 South Manthey Road. French Camp, CA 95231.  Attendees are encouraged to park in the adjacent SJGH parking Lot #1. See link for map.

A full agenda packet will not be provided at the meeting. The full agenda packet may be viewed and downloaded from the EMS Agency's committee web page.

April 3, 2017 - ECA Compliance Report for November - December 2016

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of Escalon Community Ambulance for November and December 2016 performance under their exclusive emergency ambulance service agreement. The ECA agreement establishes accountability for meeting specific standards and provides the EMS Agency with complete access to data and information on ECA's operational, clinical, and administrative performance. Click here to view ECA's November and December 2016 compliance reports. Previous Compliance Reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

March 31, 2017 - Draft Policy Available for Public Review

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency is soliciting comments for draft EMS Policy No. 4811 Primary Stroke Center Designation, EMS Policy No. 5754 ALS Acute Stroke, and EMS Policy No. 5215 Trauma Patient Destination.  The substantial change to EMS Policy No. 5754 is the removal of the Cincinnati Prehospital Stroke Scale and the adoption of the RACE Scale to document findings of possible stroke.  Proposed changes to EMS Policy No. 5215 Trauma Patient Destination includes the reinstatement of Memorial Medical Center as a destination for adult major trauma patients within the southern catchment area. These draft policies may be viewed or downloaded from the SJCEMSA website Draft Policies page. The 45-day public comment period ends May 15, 2017. Completed comment forms should be submitted by email to Annika Navalta at anavalta@sjgov.org or by U.S. Mail to the San Joaquin County EMS Agency, PO Box 220, French Camp, CA 95231. Questions may be directed to Rick Jones, EMS Analyst at rrjones@sjgov.org.

March 28, 2017 - MDA Compliance Report for November - December 2016

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of Manteca District Ambulance for November and December 2016 performance under their exclusive emergency ambulance service agreement.  The MDA agreement establishes accountability for meeting specific standards and provides the EMS Agency with complete access to data and information on MDA's operational, clinical, and administrative performance.  Click here to view MDA's November - December 2016 compliance report.  Previous Compliance Reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

March 27, 2017 - Ripon Consolidated Fire District Compliance Reports for November-December 2016

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of Ripon Consolidated Fire District for November - December 2016 performance under their exclusive emergency ambulance service agreement. The RCFD agreement establishes accountability for meeting specific standards and provides the EMS Agency with complete access to data and information on RCFD's operational, clinical, and administrative performance. Click  to view RCFD's compliance reports for November - December 2016. Other Compliance Reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

March 14, 2017 - Paramedic Preceptor’s Conference Date Changed to April 24, 2017

The May 2017 Paramedic Preceptor's Conference date has changed to Monday, April 24, 2017**.  The course will take place from 9:00 am to 11:00 am, in the San Joaquin County EMS Agency Classroom.  Attending one conference per year is required to maintain your 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.  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.  The conferences are open to current Paramedic Preceptors and offered at no cost.  View the flyer here.  You can register online at https://www.sjgov.org/ems/events.
** Note the date for the May course has changed.

March 10, 2017 - EMS Agency Offices Repopulated

Effective Monday, March 13, 2017, the EMS Agency Office will resume operations from their regular offices located on the south end of Benton Hall, Room 47. Some of the offices had been relocated due to water damage last November.

February 23, 2017 - AMR Pre-Hospital Stroke Care Training Opportunity

American Medical Response is hosting a Pre-Hospital Stroke Care course presented by Dr. Xavier Salinas. This course is open to EMTs, paramedics, and RNs. The course will be held twice March 10, 2017, and March 27, 2017, from 08:00-12:00. AMR will provide 4 (four) hours of EMS CE’s to participants, California EMS CE Provider #39-0102. View the flyer for additional details. For additional information and to register contact Matthew Scott, AMR Clinical Supervisor, at 209-471-9769.

February 15, 2017 - 2017 Paramedic Preceptor’s Conference Schedule

The 2017 Paramedic Preceptor's Conferences are scheduled for Monday, May 8, 2017,** and Friday, September 15, 2017, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am, in the San Joaquin County EMS Agency Classroom. Attending one conference per year is required to maintain your 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. 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. The conferences are open to current Paramedic Preceptors and offered at no cost. View the flyer here. You can register online at https://www.sjgov.org/ems/events.
** Note the date for the May course has changed.

February 14, 2017 - EMS Office Closure

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency office will be closed Monday, February 20, 2017.  The office will re-open with normal office hours Tuesday, February 21, 2017.

February 13, 2017 - MDA Compliance Report for September - October 2016

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of Manteca District Ambulance for May 2016, June 2016, July 2016 and August 2016 performance under their exclusive emergency ambulance service agreement.  The MDA agreement establishes accountability for meeting specific standards and provides the EMS Agency with complete access to data and information on MDA's operational, clinical, and administrative performance.  Click here to view MDA's September - October 2016 compliance report.  Previous Compliance Reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

February 13, 2017 - ECA Compliance Report for September - October 2016

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of Escalon Community Ambulance for May, June, July and August 2016 performance under their exclusive emergency ambulance service agreement. The ECA agreement establishes accountability for meeting specific standards and provides the EMS Agency with complete access to data and information on ECA's operational, clinical, and administrative performance. Click here to view ECA's September and October 2016 compliance reports. Previous Compliance Reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

February 10, 2017 - Ripon Consolidated Fire District Compliance Reports for September - October 2016

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of Ripon Consolidated Fire District for September - October 2016 performance under their exclusive emergency ambulance service agreement. The RCFD agreement establishes accountability for meeting specific standards and provides the EMS Agency with complete access to data and information on RCFD's operational, clinical, and administrative performance. Click  to view RCFD's compliance reports for September - October 2016. Other Compliance Reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

February 9, 2017 - Northern California SIDS Program 2017 Training – Stockton

The California Department of Public Health, Northern California SIDS Program, 2017 Training will be held on March 29, 2017, in Stockton at the San Joaquin County Office of Education, Wentworth Education Center, Burwood Auditorium, 2707 Transworld Dr., Stockton.  This course complies with mandatory requirements for preparing public health professionals and EMS personnel to support families and child care providers impacted by a SIDS tragedy.  The EMS personnel portion is half-day from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM (registration begins at 7:30 am).  4.0 EMS CEUs are offered for Emergency Medical Services personnel.  California EMS CE Provided by CSUS, EMS CE Provider #34-3500.  Click here for complete course information and to register. The California SIDS Program can be reached from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday at CASIDSProgram@cce.csus.edu or 1-800-369-SIDS (7437).

January 27, 2017 - Emergency Medical Technicians Regulations open for 15-day Public Comment

The Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) is proposing to revise the California Code of Regulations, Division 9, Title 22, Chapter 2.  Emergency Medical Technicians.  The proposed text and comment table are available for review on EMSA’s website at http://www.emsa.ca.gov/Public_Comment.  The public is invited to submit written comments on the proposed regulations during the 15-day public comment period from January 27, 2017 through February 10, 2017. Comments can be submitted to Corrine Fishman by email at corrine.fishman@emsa.ca.gov or by fax at (916) 324-2875, or sent to our mailing address at 10901 Gold Center Drive, Ste. 400, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670.  If Corrine Fishman is unavailable Priscilla Rivera can be contacted as backup at Priscilla.rivera@emsa.ca.gov or (916) 431-3707.

If you are unable to access the website and would like a copy of the proposed Chapter 2 regulations mailed, faxed or emailed to you or if you have any questions, please contact Corrine Fishman by calling (916) 431-3727, or by email at Corrine.fishman@emsa.ca.gov.  

January 26, 2017 - EMS Policy 3202 Medical Priority Dispatch System Assignments updated

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has posted the revised EMS policy No. 3202, Medical Priority Dispatch System Assignments, to the EMS Policies page of the EMS Agency's website. This policy becomes effective February 1, 2017. Click here to find SJCEMSA's response to the comments submitted during the public comment period that ended on January 19, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Rick Jones at (209) 468-6818 or by email at rrjones@sjgov.org.

January 24, 2017 - EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2017-01, Restoration of Trauma Center Service Areas

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency is issuing EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2017-01 rescinding Policy Memorandum No. 2016-06, and reenacting EMS Policy No. 5215, Major Trauma Patient Destination and EMS Policy No. 4709, Trauma Center Service Areas, without modification. This action is effective immediately. All policies and memorandums may be viewed on the EMS Policy page.

January 11, 2017 - EMS Office Closure in Observance of Martin Luther King Holiday

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency office will be closed Monday, January 16, 2017.  The office will re-open with normal office hours Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

January 10, 2017 - EMS Liaison Agenda for meeting on January 12, 2017

The EMS Liaison Committee is scheduled for Thursday, January 12, 2017, at 0900 hours.  The meeting will be held in the Health Plan of San Joaquin, Community Room, 7751 South Manthey Road. French Camp, CA 95231.  Attendees are encouraged to park in the adjacent SJGH parking Lot #1. See link for map.

A full agenda packet will not be provided at the meeting. The full agenda packet may be viewed and downloaded from the EMS Agency's committee web page.

January 9, 2017 - 2017 Spring Prehospital Care Symposium

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency is presenting a Spring Prehospital Care Symposium on March 30, 2017; beginning promptly at 9:00 am.  (Check-in begins at 8:00 am) at the San Joaquin County Agricultural Center.  Click here for additional information.  This course is being offered at no cost, prior registration required. Upon the successful completion, participants will receive a course completion certificate for 6 hours of EMS Continuing Education and/or BRN Contact hours.  Provider is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 1524 for 6 contact hours.  CA EMS CE provided by San Joaquin County EMS Agency CEP# 39-0001. Please contact Annika Hastings at San Joaquin County EMS Agency, 468-6818, for additional information.  Click here to register for this event.

January 4, 2017 - AMR Compliance Report for July - August 2016

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of American Medical Response for July 2016 and August 2016 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 July – August 2016 compliance reports. Previous Compliance Reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

January 4, 2017 - ECA Compliance Report for May - June and July - August 2016

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of Escalon Community Ambulance for May, June, July and August 2016 performance under their exclusive emergency ambulance service agreement. The ECA agreement establishes accountability for meeting specific standards and provides the EMS Agency with complete access to data and information on ECA's operational, clinical, and administrative performance. Click here to view ECA's May – June 2016 or July – August 2016 compliance reports. Previous Compliance Reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

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