Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Spring News!

Busy Month of May!

Even with the spring weather - windy, warm, hot, cold, rain, snow we have been busy!

We made an attempt to be in the 49ers Parade but between our standby at the Sunflower Relay and an emergency call we were only able to have one ambulance in the parade!
We partnered with Pearrygin Lake State Park, Okanogan County Fire District #6, Winthrop Kiwanis, Methow Cycle and Sport, Winthrop Marshall's Office, Twisp Police Department and Twisp Works to offer a Bicycle Safety Rodeo. The next one is this weekend (June 8th) at Pearrygin Lake State Park from 10-12.
June 8 and 9 are  National Get Out Doors Day In recognition, the Discover Pass is not required to visit state parks on these days.  See you there!!!!

We provided Standby for the Methow Valley Horsemen's Rodeo on Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Weekend. See more information at their website  Methow Valley Rodeo and a great video on the Grist.

The EMR (Emergency Medical Responders) students worked hard all month. On June 2nd they took their practical exam.

OK- enough talk - here are the photos to give a visual!!

The EMR students listen intently to their Practical Exam instructions.

Darn it! Don't you hate it when those arrows get stuck in your upper leg. The students did a stellar job of managing this simulated injury,
Mid exam anxiety!

Now our patient has managed to cut herself with a  saw! Carolyn is one of our long time volunteers and a great simulated patient!

Byron adds a little fresh "blood".

 Methow Cycle and Sport provides a bicycle safety check station. 

No one escapes Julie's watchful eye!

Mel (one of our board members) spent the morning assisting with the skills.

EMS Week was May 19 - 25th. The theme was 
One Mission
One Team


Friday, May 17, 2013

Wow - I can't believe it has been since April 12 that I have updated this blog. Standby for lots of pictures and not too many words!!!

Here we go!!

Key Club Members with their CPR Anytime Kits!
Thank you North Central Emergency Care Council! 

Kiwanis with their CPR Anytime Kits! 

NW Medstar arrives at the scene of the Mock Crash at Liberty Bell High School! What a wonderful sight, even if it was a Mock Crash. 

"Our" team waits to greet "their" team!

Last minute preparations for transport,
All did not end well for these two. Precht's Chapel arrived to pick up one deceased patient and we transported the other. I love this photo as the State Patrolman was my little brother's best friend when they were very young! It is so good to work with him now! 
Great Photo - it says it all.

The Team!!! Brain McAuliffe did the most the organizing and prep. He did an outstanding job!!!

In preparation for EMS Week - we do all work as a team . For those wondering what the TLAs (Three Letter Acronyms) are: OCFD6 (Okanogan County Fire District #6), TPD (Twisp Police Department), WMO (Winthrop Marshall's Office), OCSO (Okanogan County Sheriff's Office), TRH (Three Rivers Hospital), MVH (Mid Valley Hospital),  CWH (Central Washington Hospital), HMC (Harborview Medical Center) and WSP (Washington State Patrol).

High Angle Rescue Training

Mel Hartwig (one of board members) restored this Tandem Bike and donated to Blue Star Coffee Roasters. Vikki and I rode it down to show them!! We will keep it for the Bike Safety Rodeo on Saturday May18th at Twisp Works and then deliver it Blue Star! Make sure you get your passports signed!!! Blue Star Coffee Roasters

Just born photo of Solomon Massey (one of our Paramedic's first born son!).

And a few days before -- young Daniel Joseph McAuliffe joined his happy family!!! 

Our future crew!

He's thinking about it!

EMR Students under the watchful eye of their CPR Instructor Alyssa Button, who is also taking the class.

Bag a Buddy.

Shock and ---

and continue CPR.

Theresa's first North Central Emergency Care Council as an official Prehospital Representative of Okanogan County, learn more at  North Central Emergency Care Council

North Douglas/Okanogan County EMS Council - meets the 3rd Tuesday of every other month at Lifeline Office in Omak.

The Power Team!!! 

Suzy Beck's last meeting and her birthday!!

Rinita Cook - the Regional Training Coordinator and an incredible person! 

Eating Birthday Cake and enjoying each other's company.

Theresa and Kurt were able to attend the EMS Summit this year. Thank you North Douglas/Okanogan County EMS Council and North Central Region Emergency Care Council for your support. Thank you Mike Helbock and EMS Associates for putting on a spectacular conference. Next year the Summit will be April 24-26 at Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. So mark your calendars!! It is not too far to drive for first class education, training, enlightenment, validation and inspiration. 

Preparing for the runners at the Sunflower Relay! Sunflower Relay information
And come they did!!
One of our awesome Board Members -- Katharine and her beautiful daughter! Katharine ran the first leg, pretty amazing since she had completed a Marathon the weekend prior. 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Current Events at Aero Methow Rescue Service 

 We will all be very busy this spring!! Standby for a barrage of photos as events unfold!!

We are starting an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) class this month and are excited about the new format! I will keep you posted on its progress. Our plan is to have another EMR class in the fall (after hunting season and before Thanksgiving).

Events for the month of April are:

April 13th & 14th  Wilderness First Aid  - this class is offered once a year in the spring
April 16th              Hwy 20 scheduled to open -- be prepared for the increase in traffic!
April 15th              OTEP – Infectious Disease           
April 17th              Mock Crash at Liberty Bell High School 
April 22nd             ALS OTEP – End of Life – Palliative Care  
April 27th              Backcountry Horseman's Spring Ride  Methow Valley Backcountry  Horsemen- we provide standby at their annual ride.

I really like this graphic as it shows we all work together. No one person or one agency can achieve the objectives of their mission without the support of all. If it was my design I would add the community's hands. NOTHING is possible without support from the community, and we are blessed with a wonderful, caring and supportive community. It is a pleasure and honor to serve all of you. 

Ruth successfully met the objectives of her IV Endorsement Training. Tom was her lead instructor. We used a lot of band aids!! Ruth did a great job, and with her existing skills as a Laboratory Technician she will do well! 

Theresa meeting with members of the Safe Kids Coalition. Here she is with representatives from the Colville Tribe, Oroville Ambulance Service and Okanogan County Public Health.
Please visit the Safe Kids  and Washington State Traffic Safety websites for more information.

Great job wearing the required safety vests! 

Below are a collection of interesting scene and "mood" shots!