EMS Newsletter – August 2020

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Written by: Jim Jones

Assistant Chief - EMS | Licensed Paramedic

September 22, 2020


“Don’t worry about motivation. Motivation is fickle. It comes and goes. It is unreliable and when you are counting on motivation to get your goals accomplished – you will likely fall short. So, don’t expect to be motivated every day to get out there and make things happen. You won’t be. Don’t count on motivation. Count on discipline. You know what you have to do so Make Yourself Do It.”

We all want to enjoy the rewards with the least amount of pain, work, and effort in life. We would all like to find the magical pill that takes us straight to success and showers us with rewards. It does not exist. You have to do the work, and sometimes that means you have to simply make it happen.

You may not feel like inventorying the apparatus today. You may not feel like checking additional air packs, yours is fine right? At 0500 hours, who really wants to wash apparatus and clean the ambulances for crew change? Who really looks forward to cleaning the bay on Bay Day? You may decide to take that short cut, who will notice right? The reality is that no matter what, you will notice.

Find the discipline inside you, embrace that discipline, and accomplish your mission despite the mood or obstacle. Show up, work, and succeed. I personally like to state “Embrace the Suck” but Mr. Willink’s summary is much more descriptive. On any given day we have essential missions to accomplish, both big and small. Those missions are defined by our values and essential to the success of our team.

Discipline will always outlast motivation. When the temptations of the easy path arise, embrace that discipline in your duties and life and lead the way for others to follow. You never have to achieve perfection; you simply must show up and do your best on that given day. Power through the temptations and lead each other into a stronger future.

** Reference: Willink, Jocko. Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2017. **

EMS Billing Charts

Our EMS billing collections total for the month of August is currently $35,428.19. This represents an 5.8% increase from August 2019.

Our 2020 Year to date collection total is $255,426.16.  This represents a 32.8% increase from this same time in 2019.

This chart demonstrates the income collected through the collections company activities.  August saw a collection income of $250.00 with an annual total collected of $6,291.26.

Active 911 Responses

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August saw 52 primary fire responses and 184 primary medical responses as defined by the Active 911 System. This represents an annual total of 1541 fire and ems events.

EMS Training Events

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August saw Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support provided to all HCESD # 2 / Lumberton Fire & EMS personnel.  These classes were scheduled on the following dates:

August 12, 2020 – August 14, 2020

August 17, 2020 – August 19, 2020

Credentialing Article

HCESD # 2 / Lumberton Fire & EMS currently has no members in Phase I credentialing.  

Congratulations to Ms. Stubblefield and Ms. Williams for completing their Phase II credentialing and protocol exams!!!

EMS Supply Reports

Remaining Line Item Funds:

EMS Operating Supply:   $16,458.61

EMS New Equipment:     $117.19

EMS Repair and Testing: $2,415.10

Quality Improvement

Our team did a phenomenal job with completing QA reviews on 97.6% of all medical calls for the month of August.  Great job team!


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I would like to congratulate the following personnel:

  • Keeley Holden

Ms. Holden has assisted the EMS training section on several occasions in teaching courses.  It is a pleasure to see our personnel helping each other expand our horizons and assisting each other in accomplishing the mission.

Excellent Job Ma’am and keep up the great work!!!

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