EMS Newsletter – January 2021

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Written by: Jim Jones

Assistant Chief - EMS | Licensed Paramedic

April 2, 2021


This month I was honored to receive an award for service from Congressman Babin, his staff members, Chief McNeel, Dr. Kavousour, and other HCESD # 2 members.  In addition to the award and a flag flown at the Capitol, I received some personally valuable items in the form of signed books and videos from Leif Babin and Jocko Willink from Echelon Front.

I was truly shocked, humbled, and immediately out of my comfort zone.  I remember that I was thinking that I didn’t deserve any of this and I should run and go hide.  To say I was out of my comfort zone is quite an understatement.  While mentally processing this event, a thought surfaced in my mind and it the reason for this article today.  Regardless of my personal beliefs or evaluation of self-worth, my people deserved this and much more.  After all, this honor was not won by me.  In truth, it was each of you, and my family, that sustained me through my struggles.

While it may or may not be evident to others, I personally struggle often.  I imagine that this is true of most of us.  Life throws so many challenges at each of us, and we often overlook the burdens of others. We are often unaware of medical conditions, financial issues, or personal struggles and the toll those challenges can quickly take on a person.  For that person in the struggle, it is easy to succumb to despair, anger, and hopelessness in these states, and this often occurs before we realize it.

I have attached the following from one of my favorite quotes and beliefs regarding these challenges that I personally subscribe to.

“Engage.  Weakness is strong.

I must be stronger.

I must crush it into submission.

Through force of will.

So. I savage the body.

I push and pull and fight against gravity.

I fight against fatigue and soreness and the weakness that says:

Give in.

I will not give in!  I will fight!”

Despite the challenges, regardless of the odds, no matter the “weakness”, YOU matter and are successful every time you stand up to the harsh challenges in life.  You may feel invisible, you may feel lost, but you never know who you may be inspiring and positively influencing.  Keep going and have faith in each other.  Support your team, support your fellow man, and remember you are never alone.  Rising to the challenge again and trying is a victory in life.  You inspire hope, and that my friends, well that is the most powerful factor to success possible.  Together, we shall overcome.

**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 January is currently $34,382.57. This represents a 110% increase from January 2020.

Our 2021 Year to date collection total is $34,382.57.  This represents a 110% increase from this same period in 2020.

This chart demonstrates the income collected through the collections company activities.  January saw a collection income of $3,266.69 with a current annual total of $3,266.69.

Active911 Responses

January saw 29 primary fire responses and 148 primary medical responses as defined by the Active 911 System. This represents an annual total of 177 fire and ems events to date.

EMS Training Events

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Classes conducted in the month of January were:

  • BLS for healthcare provider
  • Emergency Vehicle Operator Safety

Credentialing Article

Phase I (3rd Rider) employees include:

  • Part Time – J. McMillan (FF/Basic)
  • Part Time – A. Marshall (Paramedic)
  • Part Time – J. Blanchard (FF/AEMT)
  • Volunteer – J. Constance (EMT)
  • Volunteer – J. Monse (Paramedic)

Phase II (Mentorship) employees include:

  • Part Time – K. Sanderson (FF/Basic)
  • Full Time – D. Bogue (Paramedic)
  • Full Time – C. Miller (FF/Paramedic)

EMS Supply Reports

EMS SupplyEMS NewEMS Repair and Testing
Unpaid Total$1,900.27$0.00$0.00

Quality Improvement

Captain R. Miller completed QA reviews on 93% of all medical calls for the month of January.  Keep up the great job sir!


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I would like to congratulate the following personnel:

  • James Wooten

Mr. Wooten has demonstrated excellent leadership traits in his training assignments in the month of January.  Despite the challenges that arose, Mr. Wooten continues to find ways to rise above the challenge and inspire others.

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

I would also like to Congratulate Jacob Wheless and Katelyn Wheless on the birth of their baby daughter!  Congratulations to you both and I look forward to seeing our family continue to grow!!

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