EMS Newsletter – July 2020

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Written by: Jim Jones

Assistant Chief - EMS | Licensed Paramedic

August 21, 2020

Opportunities for Growth or Arguments??

Most of us take great personal pride in our technical knowledge and competence. Each of us spend countless hours each year in not only maintaining, but in improving this knowledge and our technical foundations. Because of this environment, it may be extremely challenging to hear, and accept information, that conflicts with our perceived foundation of excellence. Especially when this information is presented by newer personnel in the field who you may perceive as less experienced or less accomplished sources.

“Public debate over almost everything devolves into trench warfare, in which the most important goal is to establish that the other person is wrong. Sensible differences of opinion deteriorate into a bad high school debate in which the objective is to win and facts are deployed like checkers on a board….” It is imperative that we analyze all information for opportunities to improve, regardless of the avenue it was delivered. Instead of trying to “win” perhaps we can learn from each other and develop stronger and more efficient processes for success.

“We all want to be taken seriously and to be respected.” When you feel defensive in any peer discussion, ask yourself why you feel defensive. Ask yourself if there is merit in the constructive criticism or opposing view and how you can use that to improve yourself and the team overall. Instead of readily dismissing these challenges, perhaps we can use it as an educational opportunity or as an opportunity for growth. We owe it to each other, and the community we serve to provide the best services possible. Equally important, we owe it to each other and our organizational future.

** Reference: Nichols, Thomas M. The Death of Expertise: The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2019. **

EMS Billing Charts

Our EMS billing collections total for the month of July is currently $27,332.91. This represents an 66% decrease from July 2019

Our 2020 Year to date collection total is $242,979.49.  Despite the COVID-19 fiscal impact, this is still a 103.4% increase from this same time in 2019.

This chart demonstrates the income collected through the collections company activities.  July saw a collection income of $319.07 with an annual total collected of $6,041.26.

Active 911 Responses

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July saw 49 primary fire responses and 167 primary medical responses as defined by the Active 911 System. This represents an annual total of 1305 fire and ems events.

EMS Training Events

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July saw Pediatric Education For Prehospital Professionals provided to all HCESD # 2 / Lumberton Fire & EMS personnel.  These classes were scheduled on the following dates:

July 8, 2020 and July 10, 2020

July 15, 2020 and July 17, 2020

July 20, 2020 and July 22, 2020

July 27, 2020 and July 29, 2020

Credentialing Article

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

Phase II Credentialing:

  • Elizabeth Stubblefield
  • Ashton Williams

EMS Supply Reports

Remaining Line Item Funds:

EMS Operating Supply:   $20,506.85

EMS New Equipment:      $2,145.15

EMS Repair and Testing:  $2,415.10

Quality Improvement

Our team did a phenomenal job with completing QA reviews on 100% of all medical calls for the month of July.  Great job team!


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I would like to congratulate the following personnel:

  • Dakota Collier

Mr. Collier has taken the initiative of providing one on one training with multiple students.  Mr. Collier has provided simulations, hands on training and didactic training to these students as they progress through our organization in pursuit of their EMT-Basic with Texas DSHS.  It is a pleasure to watch our personnel engage with our future in the industry.

Excellent Job Sir and keep up the great work!!!

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