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2016 NEWS ARCHIVES



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December 23, 2016 – EMS Office Closed for Christmas and New Years Day Holiday Observance

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency office will be open during normal business hours during the holiday season, with the exception of Monday, December 26, 2016 and Monday, January 2, 2017, in which the office will be closed.

December 20, 2016 - Draft EMS Policy No. 3202 Available for Public Comment

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency is re-releasing EMS Policy No. 3202, Medical Priority Dispatch System Assignments for public comment through January 19, 2017. SJCEMSA is proposing two substantive changes to address the majority of comments received during the previous public comment period: 1) Align the response mode (RLS or NRLS) of ambulance and EMR resources in the majority of determinants; and 2) Maintain the EMR determinant assignments as in existing policy.  The re-released draft policy may be viewed or downloaded from the SJCEMSA website Draft Policies page. 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.

December 20, 2016 - ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) Critical Care System Regulations open for 45-day Public Comment

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Authority is opening a comment period for the draft ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) Regulations. The Notice of Proposed Rule Making, Public Comment Memo, Text of Proposed Regulations, Public Comment Form, and Initial Statement of Reasons are available 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 45-day public comment period from December 16, 2016 through January 30, 2017.

If you are unable to access the website and would like a copy of the draft STEMI regulations mailed, faxed or emailed to you or if you have any questions, please contact Farid Nasr, MD at (916) 322-4336, Ext. 424, or by email at farid.nasr@emsa.ca.gov.

December 20, 2016 - 2017 Spring Prehospital Care Symposium – Save the Date

San Joaquin County EMS Agency is presenting the 2017 Spring Prehospital Care Symposium on March 30, 2017; at the San Joaquin County Agricultural Center. Click here for the save the date announcement. This course is being offered at no cost, prior registration required. EMS Continuing Education and/or BRN Contact hours will be offered. More information coming soon!

December 15, 2016 - Emergency Medical Technicians Regulations open for 2nd 45-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 Notice of 2nd 45-day Public Comment, Chapter 2. EMT Regulations Proposed Revisions, Form #EMSA-0391, Form #EMSA-SCV, and Public Comment Form are available 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 2nd 45-day public comment period from December 2, 2016 through January 15, 2017.

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.

December 15, 2016 - Stroke Critical Care System Regulations open for 45-day Public Comment

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Authority is extending the comment period for the draft Stroke Regulations. The Public Comment Memo, Text of Proposed Regulations, and Public Comment Form are available 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 45-day public comment period from December 9, 2016 through January 23, 2017.

If you are unable to access the website and would like a copy of the draft Stroke regulations mailed, faxed or emailed to you or if you have any questions, please contact Farid Nasr, MD at (916) 322-4336, Ext. 424, or by email at farid.nasr@emsa.ca.gov.

December 5, 2016 - EMS Agency Office temporary relocation

Effective Tuesday, December 5, 2016, the San Joaquin County EMS Agency is temporarily relocating its main office to the east wing of Benton Hall in Room 9, adjacent to Health Care Services Administration. This temporary relocation is expected to last through January 2017. On Wednesday, November 23, 2016, several of the EMS Agency's offices experienced water damage from a severed water line on the second floor of Benton Hall West. A map showing the new entrance is available here.

December 2, 2016 - AMR Compliance Report for May and June 2016

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

November 29, 2016 - Ripon Consolidated Fire District Compliance Reports for May - August 2016

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of Ripon Consolidated Fire District for May - June 2016 and July - August 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 May - June 2016 and July - August 2016. Other Compliance Reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

November 18, 2016 - EMS Office Closure in Observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency office will be closed Thursday, November 24, 2016, and Friday, November 25, 2016.  The office will re-open with normal office hours Monday, November 28, 2016.

November 18, 2016 - 2017 MICN Policy Skills Review (PSR) Course 

The 2017 MICN Policy Skills Review (PSR) Course schedule has been added to the Upcoming Training & Events webpage.  The intended audience are authorized MICN's.  This course is provided at no cost to the participant.  The course objective is to improve understanding of key EMS medical control policies as related to the role of the MICN.  The course is 3 hours with the written San Joaquin County EMS Agency Policies exam testing to follow. The exam is closed book and you must have a score of 80% or higher to pass and be issued a course completion certificate (CE certificate).  MICN's should register at least (30) days prior to the date of their selected course.  Up to three (3) hours of instructor-based EMS and BRN CE will be offered. Provider is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 1524 for up to 3 contact hours. CA EMS CE provided by San Joaquin County EMS Agency CEP# 39-0001.  

November 17, 2016 - 2017 Paramedic Preceptor's Conference Schedule

The 2017 Paramedic Preceptor's Conferences are scheduled for Monday, May 1, 2017, and Friday, September 15, 2017, 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. 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. View the information flyer here. Register on the events page.

November 14, 2016 - EMS Office Closure in Observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency office will be closed Thursday, November 24, 2016, and Friday, November 25, 2016.  The office will re-open with normal office hours Monday, November 28, 2016.

November 8, 2016 - EMS Office Closure in Observance of Veterans Day

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency office will be closed Friday, November 11, 2016, the office will re-open with normal office hours Monday, November 14, 2016.

November 8, 2016 - MDA Compliance Report for May - June and July - August 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 May and June 2016 compliance report and click here to view July and August 2016 compliance report.  Previous Compliance Reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page

November 8, 2016 -Ripon Fire PCR Documentation Training Opportunity

Ripon Consolidated Fire District is hosting a PCR Documentation Training course presented by Steve Wirth, Esq. on January 18, 2017.  The course fee is $50 per person.  This course is open to all BLS and ALS providers.  View the flyer for additional details.  Ripon Consolidated Fire District will provide 4 (four) hours of EMS CE's to participants, California EMS CE Provider #39-0105.  Contact Brenda Lange at 209-599-4209 or blange@riponfire.com to register or for additional information.

November 8, 2016 - REACH Emergency Landing Zone and Safety Operations Training Opportunity

REACH Air Medical Services, LLC, is hosting two Emergency Landing Zone and Safety Operations Training courses on November 21, 2016 and November 23, 2016.  The course is offered at no cost and is open paramedics.  View the flyer for additional details.  REACH Air Medical Services, LLC, will provide 3 (three) hours of EMS CE's to participants, California EMS CE Provider #49-0008.  Contact Tamara Reni (tamara_reni@reachair.com) to register.

November 3, 2016 - EMS Policy Memo - Temporary Change in Trauma Patient Destinations

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency is issuing Policy Memorandum No. 2016-06 to implement temporary modifications to EMS Policy No. 5215, Major Trauma Patient Destination and EMS Policy 4709, Trauma Center Service Areas

Effective Saturday, November 5, 2016, at 0700 hours the preferred destination for adult major trauma patients within the San Joaquin County emergency medical services system are as follows:

  • A). North of 8 Mile Road transport adult major trauma patients to Kaiser Medical Center South Sacramento or the next closest trauma center.

  • B). South of 8 Mile Road along the Highway 99 corridor transport adult major trauma patients to Doctors Medical Center (Modesto) or Memorial Medical Center (Modesto) or the next closest trauma center.

  • C). South of 8 Mile Road and North of Highway 120 along the Interstate 5 corridor transport adult major trauma patients to San Joaquin General Hospital.

  • D). South of Highway 120 or South of Interstate 205 transport adult major trauma patients to Doctors Medical Center (Modesto) or Memorial Medical Center (Modesto) or the next closest trauma center.

If or when in doubt, pre hospital personnel are to transport by ground ambulance to the closest trauma center.

The preferred destination for pediatric major trauma patients and major burn patients remain unchanged.

Policy Memorandum No. 2016-06 supersedes Policy Memorandum No. 2016-05 and shall remain in effect until rescinded by the San Joaquin County EMS Agency. Policy Memorandums and policies may be viewed on the Policies web page.

October 27, 2016 - EMS Policy Memo - Update to Change in Trauma Patient Destinations

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency is issuing Policy Memorandum No. 2016-05 to extend and revise the parameters of the temporary modifications to EMS Policy No. 5215, Major Trauma Patient Destination and EMS Policy 4709, Trauma Center Service Areas

Effective October 27, 2016, the preferred destination for adult major trauma patients within the San Joaquin County emergency medical services system are as follows:

  • A). North of 8 Mile Road transport adult major trauma patients to Kaiser Medical Center South Sacramento or the next closest trauma center.

  • B). South of 8 Mile Road transport adult major trauma patients to Doctors Medical Center (Modesto) or Memorial Medical Center (Modesto) or the next closest trauma center.

The preferred destination for pediatric major trauma patients and major burn patients remain unchanged.

If in doubt prehospital personnel are to transport by ground ambulance to the closest trauma center. Prehospital personnel may only transport major trauma patients to San Joaquin General Hospital at the direction of a base hospital physician.

Policy Memorandum No. 2016-05 supersedes Policy Memorandum No. 2016-04 and shall remain in effect until rescinded by the San Joaquin County EMS Agency. Policy Memorandums and policies may be viewed on the Policies web page.

October 17, 2016 - ECA Compliance Report for March and April 2016

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of Escalon Community Ambulance for March 2016 and April 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 March and April 2016 compliance reports. Previous Compliance Reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

October 17, 2016 - Ripon Consolidated Fire District Compliance Reports for January - April 2016

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of Ripon Consolidated Fire District for January - February 2016 and March - April 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 January - February 2016 or March - April 2016. Other Compliance Reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

October 7, 2016 - EMS Liaison Agenda for meeting on October 13, 2016

The EMS Liaison Committee is scheduled for Thursday, October 13, 2016, 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.

September 30, 2016 - EMS Policy Memo - Update to Change in Trauma Patient Destinations

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency is issuing Policy Memorandum No. 2016-04 to extend and revise the parameters of the temporary modifications to EMS Policy No. 5215, Major Trauma Patient Destination and EMS Policy 4709, Trauma Center Service Areas. 

Effective Tuesday, September 30, 2016, at 1500 hours the preferred destination for adult major trauma patients within the San Joaquin County emergency medical services system are as follows:
  • A). North of 8 Mile Road transport adult major trauma patients to Kaiser Medical Center South Sacramento or the next closest trauma center.

  • B). South of 8 Mile Road transport adult major trauma patients to Doctors Medical Center (Modesto) or Memorial Medical Center (Modesto) or the next closest trauma center.

The preferred destination for pediatric major trauma patients and major burn patients remain unchanged.

If in doubt prehospital personnel are to transport by ground ambulance to the closest trauma center. Prehospital personnel may only transport major trauma patients to San Joaquin General Hospital at the direction of a base hospital physician.

Policy Memorandum No. 2016-04 supersedes Policy Memorandum No. 2016-03 and shall expire on October 31, 2016, at 0700 hours. Policy Memorandums and policies may be viewed on the Policies web page.

September 22, 2016 - SJCEMSA Welcomes New Pre-Hospital Care Coordinator

Dan Burch, EMS Administrator, is pleased to announce that Andrew Sulyma has joined the SJC EMS Agency staff filling the role of Pre-Hospital Care Coordinator. Mr. Sulyma's background includes nine years as a Paramedic, most recently as a clinical field supervisor and as the Tactical Emergency Medical Support (TEMS) Commander for the Alameda County TEMS Team. He is a certified instructor for Tactical Combat Casualty Care, Tactical Emergency Casualty Care, and Prehospital Trauma Life Support. In his new role, Mr. Sulyma will oversee continuous quality improvement (CQI) and pre-hospital care. Please join us in a hardy welcome aboard.

September 12, 2016 - EMS Policy Memo - Temporary Change in Trauma Patient Destinations

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency is issuing Policy Memorandum No. 2016-03 to implement temporary modifications to EMS Policy No. 5215 Major Trauma Patient Destination and EMS Policy 4709 Trauma Center Service Areas. 

Effective Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at 0700 hours the preferred destination for adult major trauma patients within the San Joaquin County emergency medical services system are as follows:
  • A. North of 8 Mile Road transport adult major trauma patients to Kaiser Medical Center South Sacramento or the next closest trauma center.

  • B. South of 8 Mile Road along the Highway 99 corridor transport adult major trauma patients to Doctors Medical Center (Modesto) or Memorial Medical Center (Modesto) or the next closest trauma center.

  • C. South of 8 Mile Road and North of Highway 120 along the Interstate 5 corridor transport adult major trauma patients to San Joaquin General Hospital.

  • D. South of Highway 120 or South of Interstate 205 transport adult major trauma patients to Doctors D. Medical Center (Modesto) or Memorial Medical Center (Modesto) or the next closest trauma center.

If or when in doubt prehospital personnel are to transport by ground ambulance to the closest trauma center.

Policy Memorandum No. 2016-03 expires on October 10, 2016, at 0700 hours. Policy Memorandums and policies may be viewed on the Policies web page.

September 12, 2016 - EMS adds new Critical Care Coordinator to staff

Dan Burch, EMS Administrator, is pleased to announce that Mary Barnes, RN has joined the EMS Agency staff, filling the role of Critical Care Coordinator. Ms. Barnes comes to us from San Joaquin General Hospital where she worked as a Registered Nurse for the past 13 years, most recently as a Clinical Nurse Educator.  She holds a certification in Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC) and is a State Licensed Paramedic. In her new role as EMS Critical Care Coordinator, Ms. Barnes will provide oversight and coordination of San Joaquin's EMS critical care system.  Please join us in a hardy welcome aboard.

September 9, 2016 - PAO and PSR Class Location Changed for September 13 Course

The September 13, 2016, Paramedic Accreditation Orientation (PAO) class / ALS Policy and Skills Review (PSR) class location has changed.  The course location has been moved to the EMS Classroom located at 500 W. Hospital Rd., French Camp, CA 95231.  Please contact the EMS office if you have any questions.

September 2, 2016 - EMS Office Closure in Observance of Labor Day

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency office will be closed Monday, September 5, 2015, the office will re-open with normal office hours Tuesday, September 6, 2015.

September 2, 2016 - 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 prehospital care personnel, to receive a flu vaccination for the flu season (generally November 1 through April 30th).  Prehospital care personnel declining to be vaccinated will be required to wear a surgical mask to prevent droplet transmission to patients.  Click here to read the order for more information.  For further information regarding this order, contact Public Health Services at 209-468-3822.

August 24, 2016 - ECA Compliance Report for January and February 2016

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of Escalon Community Ambulance for January 2016 and February 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 January and February 2016 compliance reporta. Previous Compliance Reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

August 24, 2016 - AMR Compliance Report for March and April 2016

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

August 12, 2016 - AMR Managing Assaultive Behaviors Training Opportunity

American Medical Response is hosting a Managing Assaultive Behaviors course presented by Pete Duarte.  This course is open to all BLS and ALS providers within the county.  The course will be held twice August 19, 2016, and August 22, 2016 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.  Contact Matthew Scott, AMR Clinical Supervisor to register or for additional information at 209-471-9769.

August 5, 2016 - Emergency Medical Technicians Regulations open for 45-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 Notice of Proposed Regulations, Initial Statement of Reasons and the proposed regulation text 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 45-day public comment period from August 5, 2016 through September 27, 2016. For comment submission information view the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

EMSA will hold a public hearing on September 27, 2016 at their facility at 10901 Gold Center Drive, Suite 400, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm.  EMSA requests that persons making oral comments at the hearing must also submit a written copy of their testimony at the hearing.

August 4, 2016 - AMR Sepsis, Capnography, & Trauma Review Training Opportunity

American Medical Response is hosting a Sepsis, Capnography, & Trauma Review course presented by Xavier Salinas, MD.  This course is open to all BLS and ALS providers within the county.  The course will be held twice September 9, 2016, and September 12, 2016 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.  Contact Matthew Scott, AMR Clinical Supervisor to register or for additional information at 209-471-9769.

July 25, 2016 - Employment Opportunity

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency is currently recruiting for an EMS Analyst. Visit the Employment Opportunities web page for more information.

July 21, 2016- Draft Policy Available for Public Review

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency is re-releasing EMS Policy No. 3202, Medical Priority Dispatch System Assignments for public comment to accommodate additional revisions addressing Protocol 33 in Sections XI and XII. The period for submitting public comments is extended to August 29, 2016. The re-released draft policy may be viewed or downloaded from the SJCEMSA website Draft Policies page. 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.

July 11, 2016 - Employment Opportunity

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency is currently recruiting for an EMS Trauma Coordinator. Visit the Employment Opportunities web page for more information.

July 8, 2016 - EMS Policy Memo - Use of Hemostatic Dressings and Tourniquets

Effective immediately, the San Joaquin County EMS Agency has issued Policy Memorandum No. 2016-02 to provide guidance on the application of hemostatic dressings and tourniquets in the prehospital setting. EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2016-02, Use of Hemostatic Dressings and Tourniquets, may be viewed on the policies page.

July 7, 2016 - EMS Liaison Agenda for meeting on July 14, 2016

The EMS Liaison Committee is scheduled for Thursday, July 14, 2016, 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. A full agenda packet may be viewed and downloaded from the EMS Agency's committee web page.

July 5, 2016 - Paramedic Preceptor Applications Due by July 31, 2016

The 2016 Paramedic Preceptor applications are due by July 31, 2016.  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, 2016 - Employment Opportunity

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency is currently recruiting for a Pre-Hospital Care Coordinator.  Please visit the Employment Opportunities web page for more information.

June 22, 2016 - MDA Compliance Report for January - February and March - April

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of Manteca District Ambulance for January 2016, February 2016, March 2016 and April 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 January and February 2016 compliance report and click here to view March and April 2016 compliance report.  Previous Compliance Reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

June 17, 2016 - Revised Policies

Revised EMS policies which become effective on July 1, 2016, have been posted to the EMS Policies page of the EMS Agency's website.  Click here for the memorandum which lists all policies that have been updated.  Please take time to read all policies and become aware of all the changes.  If you have any questions, contact Rick Jones at (209) 468-6818 or by email at rrjones@sjgov.org.  Responses to public comments on these policies may be viewed on the draft policies page.

June 17, 2016 - EMS Office Closure

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency office will be closed Monday, July 4, 2016, the office will re-open with normal office hours Tuesday, July 5, 2016.

June 14, 2016 - San Joaquin County EMS Active Threat Plan

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed the San Joaquin County EMS Active Threat Plan. The purpose of the San Joaquin County EMS Active Threat Plan is to develop common procedures for the deployment and use of a Rescue Task Force (RTF) to quickly move victims of an active shooter/hostile event (ASHE) to an area to receive medical care.  The plan may be viewed or downloaded from the Policies page.

June 9, 2016 - PAO and PSR Class Location and Time Changed for June 16 Course

The June 16, 2016, Paramedic Accreditation Orientation (PAO) class and ALS Policy and Skills Review (PSR) class location has changed.  The course location has been moved to the SJ EMS Classroom. For directions visit here. Both the PSR and PAO classes will begin promptly at 08:30 am. Contact the EMS Office for questions regarding this change.

June 6, 2016 - AMR Hemorrhage Control, Pain Management, and LVAD Training Opportunity

American Medical Response is hosting a Hemorrhage Control, Pain Management, and LVAD training course presented by Xavier Salinas, MD. This course is open to all BLS and ALS providers within the county. The course will be held on June 17, 2016 from 08:00-12:00 and on June 20, 2016 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. Contact Matthew Scott, AMR Clinical Supervisor to register or for additional information at 209-471-9769.

June 6, 2016 - PAO and PSR Class Location and Time Changed for June 16 Course

The June 16, 2016, Paramedic Accreditation Orientation (PAO) class and ALS Policy and Skills Review (PSR) class location has changed.  The course location has been moved to the Health Plan of San Joaquin, Community Room, 7751 South Manthey Road, French Camp, CA 95231. Parking is limited and attendees are encouraged to carpool. Alternative parking is available in the adjacent SJGH parking Lot #1. See map for more details. Both the PSR and PAO classes will begin promptly at 08:30 am.

May 2, 2016 - Active Threat Plan Draft Available for Public Review and Comment

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency is soliciting comments on a draft Active Threat Plan. The purpose of the Active Threat Plan is to develop common procedures for the deployment and use of a Rescue Task Force (RTF) to quickly move victims of an active shooter/hostile event (ASHE) to an area to receive medical care.  The draft plan 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 June 7, 2016. Completed forms may 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.

April 25, 2016 - Revised Policies

Revised EMS policies which become effective on July 1, 2016, have been posted to the EMS Policies page of the EMS Agency's website. Click here for the memorandum which lists all policies that have been updated. 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.

April 22, 2016- 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 June 7, 2016. Completed forms may 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.

April 22, 2016 - PAO and PSR Class Location Changed for May 24 Course

The May 24, 2016, Paramedic Accreditation Orientation (PAO) class and ALS Policy and Skills Review (PSR) class location has changed. The course location has been moved to the Health Plan of San Joaquin, Community Room, 7751 South Manthey Road, French Camp, CA 95231. Parking is limited and attendees are encouraged to carpool. Alternative parking is available in the adjacent SJGH parking Lot #1. See map for more details.

April 22, 2016 - New and Revised Policies

New and revised EMS policies which become effective on July 1, 2016, have been posted to the EMS Policies and Procedures page of the EMS Agency's website. Click here for the memorandum which lists all policies that have been added and updated. 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. Responses to public comments on these policies may be viewed here

April 14, 2016 - AMR Compliance Report for January and February 2016

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

April 6, 2016 - EMS Liaison Agenda for meeting on April 14, 2016

The EMS Liaison Committee is scheduled for Thursday, April 14, 2016, 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. A full agenda packet may be viewed and downloaded from the EMS Agency's committee web page.

March 31, 2016 - Ripon Consolidated Fire District Compliance Reports for July - December 2015

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of Ripon Consolidated Fire District for July - December 2015 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 July and August 2015, September and October 2015 or November and December 2015. Other Compliance Reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

March 21, 2016 - Employment Opportunity

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency is currently recruiting for a Pre-Hospital Care Coordinator. Please visit the Employment Opportunities web page for more information.

March 18, 2016 - EMS Response Vehicle Medication and Equipment Policy Update Notice

Revisions to EMS Policy 4101 EMS Response Vehicle Medication and Equipment, become effective on July 1, 2016. This policy has been posted to the EMS Policies and Procedures page of the EMS Agency's website. Click here for the associated memorandum. This policy combines and replaces EMS Policy 4102 BLS Medication and Equipment List, and the previous version of EMS Policy 4101 ALS Medication and Equipment Inventory. EMS Providers may begin adopting the new requirements of EMS Policy 4101 prior to the effective date of July 1, 2016.

March 15, 2016 - ECA Compliance Report for September-October 2015 and November-December 2015

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of Escalon Community Ambulance for September 2015, October 2015, November 2015 and December 2015 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 2015 or November and December 2015 compliance reporta. Previous Compliance Reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

March 7, 2016 - AMR Compliance Report for September - October and November - December

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of American Medical Response for September 2015, October 2015, November 2015 and December 2015 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 2015 or November and December 2015 compliance reports. Previous Compliance Reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

March 7, 2016 - MDA Compliance Report for September - October and November - December

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of Manteca District Ambulance for September, October, November and December 2015 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 2015 and October 2015 or November 2015 and December 2015 compliance reports. Previous Compliance Reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

February 26, 2016 - Prohibition Against the Use of Gurney Cars or Litter Vans in San Joaquin County

The San Joaquin County Emergency Medical Services Agency (SJCEMSA) has ordered Journey Via Gurney (JVG) to cease the provision of unauthorized gurney/litter transport service in accordance with San Joaquin County Ordinance No. 4231. Any person or organization requesting or arranging the use of a non-permitted ambulance may be subject to civil or criminal penalties. Click here to view a complete list of authorized ambulances and air ambulances for use in San Joaquin County. Direct questions to Rick Jones of the EMS Agency at 209-468-6818 or email at rrjones@sjgov.org.

February 22, 2016 - Ripon Fire EMT Academy Open for Enrollment

Ripon Consolidated Fire District will be hosting an EMT Academy beginning March 22, 2016, with an orientation March 17, 2016. The class fee is $1,400.00 per person. Please contact Battalion Chief Luis at 209-599-4209 to register or for additional information. Click here for the flyer and additional information.

February 4, 2016 - EMS Office Closure

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency office will be closed Monday, February 15, 2016, the office will re-open with normal office hours Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

February 3, 2016 - Draft Policies Available for Public Review

The EMS Agency is soliciting public comments on the following revised and proposed EMS Policies.   

15-day public comment period: EMS Policy No. 4101 EMS Response Vehicle Medication and Equipment – This policy completed a 45 day public comment period on January 2, 2016.  In response to comments received and subsequent changes made by the EMS Agency, this policy draft is to be re-issued for an additional (15) fifteen day public comment period.  The draft policy and the comments received during the initial 45-day comment period may be viewed or downloaded from the Draft Policies page.  The deadline for submitting additional comments on this policy is February 18, 2016.

45-day public comment period: EMS Policy No. 5707 ALS Adult Pain Management and EMS Policy No. 5839 Pediatric Pain Management - These draft policies are available for public comment for a 45-day comment period and may be viewed or downloaded from the Draft Policies page.  Please submit your comments or suggestions for these policies using the comment forms provided on the Draft Policies web page by no later than 5 PM, March 18, 2016.

January 13, 2016 - EMS Office Closure

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency office will be closed Monday, January 18, 2016, the office will re-open with normal office hours Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

January 13, 2016 - Crisis Intervention Training for Emergency Responders Course

San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Services is hosting a Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) for Emergency Responders on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, from 8 am to 5 pm.  It will be held at the Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center, Assembly Room 2, 2101 E. Earhart Avenue, Stockton, CA 95206; See flyer for additional details. This course is offered at no cost and is open to all San Joaquin County EMS Personnel (ALS and BLS providers).  San Joaquin County EMS Agency will provide 8 (eight) hours of EMS CE's to participants, California EMS CE Provider #39-0001.  Participants can register on our events page.  For additional information contact Jaime Nunez, Behavioral Health Services, at 209-468-8082.

January 6, 2016 - EMS Policy Memo - Use of the KED

Effective immediately, the San Joaquin County EMS Agency has issued Policy Memorandum No. 2016-01 to provide guidance on EMS Policy No. 5115, Cervical Spine Stabilization, and to prevent the misapplication of the Kendrick's Extrication Device (KED).  EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2016-01, Use of the KED, may be viewed on the policies page.

January 6, 2016 - EMS Liaison Agenda for meeting on January 14, 2016

The EMS Liaison Committee is scheduled for Thursday, January 14, 2016, 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. A full agenda packet may be viewed and downloaded from the EMS Agency's committee web page.


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