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The MEDIC Dispatch News From The Front Line August 22, 2011

Mecklenburg EMS

Simulations Begin in September! The next simulation center rotation will begin on Thursday, September 15th. All Medic EMTs and Paramedics as well as all Mint Hill Fire Department Paramedics are required to complete this simulation rotation.

Agency Dates to Remember: August 22nd PALS Training

In order to make the experience in the simulation center as realistic as possible, it will be necessary for full-time employees of both Medic and Mint Hill to schedule an appointment to go through the simulation center with their partner (if one is


August 23rd PALS Training 1800—2200

currently assigned). If you are a new employee riding in a third-person status, you should plan to go through the rotation with your current crew. Part-time employees of Medic and/or Mint Hill may schedule

August 24th PALS Training 1800—2200

August 25th PALS Training 1800—2200 August Makeup InService Session 1200—1600

This Week: Earn a $3,000 Referral Bonus


Agency-wide FISDAP Testing


Scope of Practice Testing


July Commendations


First Responders Month


Million Step Challenge


Training Schedule


themselves to go through the simulator with another part-time employee or can schedule to fill an existing simulation center appointment vacancy. EMT personnel with Mint Hill Fire Department are welcome to accompany a Mint Hill Paramedic through his/her simulation rotation. All certified personnel with Medic and Mint Hill Fire Department must contact Sam Barnes (ext. 6143), John Bobbitt (704.618.0057), Brian Shimberg (ext. 6142), Trevor Taylor (704.618.0040) or Tom Porcelli (704.618.0023) to schedule an appointment. The deadline to schedule an appointment is Tuesday, September 13th. Attendance is mandatory and provides (10) hours of continuing education toward your recertification. In addition, please keep the following in mind:  

Do not sign up within two (2) hours of your 10-42 time. Operations will follow the disciplinary process for a no call/no show to your scheduled


simulation appointment. If you cannot attend the time slot that you signed up for, it is your responsibility to do a switch and a find a replacement for your time slot. A simulation center rotation schedule will be posted in Operations. You must schedule


by phone. Please be sure to remember the date and time that you sign up as we will not be sending out appointment reminders. Be dressed in your Medic/Mint Hill Fire Department uniform for your simulation.


Please contact a member of Medical Services if you have any questions about the upcoming Medic Calendar


simulation center rotation. 1

Earn a $3,000 Referral Bonus 


Do you know a recent or soon-to-be graduate from an accredited Paramedic training course? Do you know of a certified Paramedic interested in working at Medic and/or who would be willing to relocate to work at Medic?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, refer a certified Paramedic to work at Medic and you could earn a $3,000 referral bonus! Assessment Centers are occurring twice a month, so encourage interested applicants to apply now! Applicants should visit hiringprocess_careers to access Medic’s employment application and all required documents. **Make sure your name is listed on their application.** For more information on the certified Paramedic recruitment process or to suggest a good website to post Paramedic job opportunities, please contact a member of the Agency’s Human Resources Department today at

Friday Night Football Standby Sign-Ups It’s that time of year again! The start of a new school year also signifies the start of Friday Night Football games. The Scheduling Department would like to announce that sign-ups are available for Medic standby trucks for Friday Night Football game coverage. The football season began last Friday, August 19th. Paramedic Crew Chiefs, EMT Crew Chiefs (BLS-911) and BLS-Team Leaders can fill the Crew Chief slot, while any field employee can fill the non Crew Chief slot. Please contact a member of the Scheduling Department or an OA if you are interested in signing up for a Friday Night football standby truck.


FISDAP Testing As discussed during June’s InService, Medic will begin administering the FISDAP written test for all employees who currently function at the Paramedic level on September 6th. The purpose of this test is to assist in the creation of more focused educational and training opportunities by establishing a didactic baseline for all patient care providers. This will be the first stage of testing which will later include all employees who are involved in the delivery of patient care. All scores will be held in the strictest of confidence and will only be available to the employee through a face-to face-request with Medical Services. Paramedics are now able to pre-register for the FISDAP written test. Registration must be completed no later than September 5th. Exams will be administered at 0900 hrs, 1300 hrs and 1800 hrs. Individuals will be given three hours to complete the examination. If you have taken the FISDAP exam within the past six months, you are exempt from re-taking the exam. However, you may take the examination again in an attempt to improve your score. To pre-register for the FISDAP written test, please contact a member of Medical Services: 

Johnathan Bobbit – 704.618.0057


Trevor Taylor – 704.618.0040


Tom Porcelli – 704.618.0023


Brian Shimberg – 704.943.6142


Sam Barnes – 704.943.6143

Please remember FISDAP testing is MANDATORY for all functioning Paramedics. Please contact a member of Medical Services using the information provided above if you have any questions about the upcoming FISDAP written test.

Lucky Hearts Campaign Donates Two AEDs to Charlotte Rescue Mission The YMCA was recently recognized by the Lucky Hearts Campaign as a Heart Smart organization. The YMCA received the Lucky Heart’s Heart Smart award for having multiple AEDs in every branch and for its emergency training for all staff since 1999. To honor the Y for its emergency preparedness, on Wednesday, August 17th, the Lucky Hearts Campaign and YMCA President Andy Calhoun donated two AEDs to Reverend Tony Marciano, Executive Director of the Charlotte Rescue Mission, on behalf of the YMCA of Greater Charlotte.

From left to right: Kristin Young (Public Relations Manager, Medic & the Lucky

Hearts Campaign); Reverend Tony Marciano (Executive Director, Charlotte Rescue “The Y exemplifies what it means to be prepared for a cardiac related Mission); JoAnn MacDonald (President, MMAE & Lucky Hearts Campaign) and Andy Calhoun (President, YMCA of Greater Charlotte). emergency,” stated MMAE President JoAnn MacDonald. “We are extremely honored to highlight the Y as an AED prepared organization and raise the awareness for the need for public use AEDs by donating two AEDs to the Charlotte Rescue Mission.”

Marciano believes that Charlotte Rescue Mission’s clients are at risk of a cardiac event because many have neglected their health. He says they’ve experienced emergencies in the past, but did not have AEDs present. The donation of two AEDs and staff training provided by Mecklenburg EMS Agency (Medic) will prepare the Charlotte Rescue Mission’s men’s and women’s program centers for possible life-threatening emergencies.


Pediatric Multi-Function Pads

Scope of Practice Testing

Please be advised that Medic does not stock

Please be advised that the dates and times for Scope of

PEDIATRIC AED pads on our ambulances. There have been recent instances where pediatric multi-function pads have been given to First Responders for their AEDs. The pediatric multi-function pads can be forced into the

Practice testing will soon change. The Learning and Development department will dedicate two days out of every month for Scope of Practice testing, rather than conducting them on a quarterly basis. Scope of

AED connector. These pads do not have the circuit to reduce the AED’s voltage to pediatric levels as actual pediatric AED pads have. The use of pediatric multifunction pads in an AED creates a potentially

Practice testing should be completed within 90-days from your expiration date in order to meet the North Carolina Office of EMS standards. Completing the Scope of Practice within this timeframe will provide Medic employees with

critical hazard.

the opportunity to test up to two months before your expiration date. Notices will be sent out approximately 120 days prior to your expiration, encouraging you to schedule your appointment for testing. However, we strongly

The pediatric multi-function pads are in a green package, are plainly marked as multi-function pads and do not have a AED symbol on the package. They are intended to be used with cardiac monitors that allow the joules to be selected by the user. Pediatric AED pads are packaged in a blue wrapper marked FR2 and Heartstream. The ADULT pads that we trade out with First Responders are multi-function

encourage to sign up the first month you are eligible rather than waiting. Below are the new dates for Scope of Practice Testing, here at Medic: 

September 13th, 14th

pads. The adult multifunction pads do not present any hazards. ** Again, PLEASE DO NOT GIVE OUT PEDIATRIC MULTIFUNCTION PADS**.


October 11th, 12th


November 8th, 9th


December 13th, 14th

Please contact Operations Manager, Bob Francis at ext.

Please contact Sam Barnes at ext. 6143 or via e-mail at

6251 or via e-mail at if you have any questions regarding this urgent request. if you have any questions about the new Scope of Practice testing schedule.

Medic Outerwear We have begun the process of issuing the new outerwear to all field employees. As we issue the outerwear, all field employees will need to return any Agency issued outerwear (blue outerwear, blue winter jacket, blue parka, etc.). Once you receive the new outerwear, it will be the only approved outerwear for use while on duty. Please bring your Agency issued gear bag and all PPE equipment, we will inspect all issued equipment and you must complete a new equipment checklist. Due to the number of employees that we must process please follow the schedule below: Week


Assigned Supervisor

Simmons, C / Phillips, K Week 5 August 22nd – August 28th th th Stanford, Jamie Week 6 August 29 – September 4 Please report to the new building, enter from the front door into the lobby. Outerwear issuance will be available from 05:00 – 22:00 seven days a week. Please allow up to ten minutes for this process as we have over 300 employees with new outerwear. If you have any questions or concerns about Medic’s Outerwear distribution process, please contact Michael Stanford via e-mail at or at ext. 6230. Thank you.


July Commendations Congratulations to the following employees who received commendations during the month of July! Ben Astrike David Garber Jeremy Murphy Ashley Smith Jeff Bailey

Jeff Glenn

Ken Murray

Brian Smith

K.C. Bernesser

Hannah Gompers

Thomas Nagel

Stacen Smith (5)

Terran Berry

Julio Gonzalez

Arthur Nolan

Benjamin Specht

Angela Breeden-Alvarez Robert Graf

Lester Oliva

Ian Starkey (2)

Verna Brooks (3)

Kristi Grimland

Don Overcash

Matthew Stegall

Lincoln Brown (2)

Sarah Hinson

Pat Pariso

Richard Steinbroner (2)

Michelle Caldwell

Charles Horne

Mark Peck

Vincent Thompson

Anthony Carriker

Robin Hyatt

Beth Rimmer

Courtney Todd

Ed Clay (2)

Timothy Ireland

Shante Rivers

Andrew Tucker

Marie Colbert (2)

Hannah Kimbrell (2)

Amanda Rothbauer

Doug Valot

J. Conroy

Daniel LeGault

Chris Scata-Penny

Troy White

John Crunk

Malcolm Leirmoe

Michael Schmidt (2)

Daniel Yi

Ashley Cummings

Emily Little

Nicholas Sheets

Katherine Edgell

Ronnie Martin

Mike Sherriff (2)

Yolanda Edmonds

Gabe McGaha

Andrew Smith

Signal 41 Aircraft Emergency

Makeup InService Sessions Please be advised that the

Effective immediately, the initial assignment for an ALERT II response will be as follows:  

remaining makeup session for August InService is as followed:

1 ALS Ambulance 1 Supervisor


MCI Unit (M701) The supervisor can add additional resources if they feel it is needed based on the information received during the incident. All units responding should switch to the Medic

Thursday, August 25th 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm (New Building, Classroom B)

Operations Channel assigned by CMED.

Please contact Sam Barnes at or via ext. 6143 if you have any questions about the August

Please note that CFD now utilizes CFD-OPS-J (Zone 4, Position 10) for all responses on airport property (medicals, fires, aircraft emergencies, etc.). Please contact Michael

InService makeup sessions.

Stanford via e-mail at or at ext. 6230 if you have any questions. 5

NASCAR Hall of Fame: First Responders Month

Presbyterian ED Entrances

Post 50 Construction Update

All Medic employees are reminded not to release the code to the ambulance entrance to patients or family members. Presbyterian Hospital has recently experienced more and more instances of people coming in and out of their Emergency Department entrances area knowing the code and stating they got it from the Medics.

Construction of Post 50 is underway. The expected date of completion is still several months out. Please be sure to check back to the Medic Dispatch for continued updates on the construction progress of Post 50.

Please contact your immediate Supervisor if you have any questions regarding this request. 6

Million Step Challenge We have two more grand prizes to give away (three private sessions with a personal trainer at the Medic Fitness Center) so keep stepping!! In addition, we have prizes for when you reach the 250,000 level, the 500,000 level and the 750,000 level. Just e-mail me at when you reach a prize level. Top 10 (as recorded on Wednesday, August 17th) Winners!

Don Shue

1,090,839 recorded steps

Ron Martin

1,052,769 recorded steps

Rob Graf

1,000,009 recorded steps

Jonathan Wise

734,810 recorded steps

Brent Cail

627,294 recorded steps

Julio Lizarazo

554,285 recorded steps

Ray Kirby

530,888 recorded steps

Cynthia Jefferson

521,329 recorded steps

Chris Alaimo

504,207 recorded steps

Gary Moore

463,798 recorded steps

From USA TODAY - A new study confirms that activities as simple as brisk walking can boost weight loss while trimming dangerous belly fat and overall body fat. Scientists at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle followed 102 men and 100 women for a year. At the beginning, the participants, ages 40 to 75, were sedentary and unfit. They were divided into two groups: One was encouraged to do 60 minutes of physical activity a day, six days a week; the other was given no specific exercise advice. There was no diet plan. Among the findings, presented in Phoenix at last month's annual meeting of the Obesity Society, a national group of weight-loss researchers and professionals:

 Women who increased their activity level by an additional 3,500 steps a day lost 5 pounds during the year.  Men who added that many steps lost 8½ pounds in a year.  The exercisers who did the most — 60 minutes, six days a week — decreased their belly fat by 10% to 20%. Those same exercisers trimmed 10% to 15% of their overall body fat without losing muscle mass. In addition to lowering the risk of many serious medical conditions, regular physical activity also improves quality of life by reducing stress, depression and anxiety, and by improving bone and joint health, sleep and memory.


August 2011 Sun










Sat 5B

August InService

August InService

August InService




8A August InService 0800—1200 1800—2200


9A Assignments Posted from Mini-Shift Bid

10 B


11 B

12 A

13 A

18 A

19 B

20 B

August InService 1800—2200

Submission Deadline for Mini-Shift Bid

14 A

15 B

16 B

17 A Signup Deadline for Charlotte Knights Baseball Game

21 B

22 A PALS Training 1300—1700

23 A PALS Training 1800—2200

29 B

Charlotte Knights Baseball Game


24 B

25 B

7:15 pm Game Time Start

26 A

August Makeup InService Session 1200—1600

30 B

31 A


2011 Training Schedule



Medic Events Holidays Recertification Testing

MEDIC Mecklenburg EMS Agency

Important Notes about 2011 AHA Refresher Classes at CPCC 

To register, call CPCC at 704.330.4223


All classes will be held at CPCC’s CENTRAL


AHA Refresher Class Schedule at CPCC CPR OCT - 17 (EMT 7402 09), 19 (EMT 7402 11) 1300—1700 18 (EMT 7402 10), 20 (EMT 7402 12) 1800—2200

CAMPUS in the BELK Building.


Actual classroom number will be given at time of pre-

AUG - 22 (EMT 7208 05), 1300—1700


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4525 Statesville Road

27 A

PALS Training 1800—2200

PALS Training 1800—2200

Assignments from Mini-Shift Bid Begin

28 A

August Makeup InService Session

23 (EMT 7208 06), 24 (EMT 7208 07) and 25 (EMT 7208 08) , 1800—2200

A minimum of 10 students is required for each class. ACLS & PALS classes will only be HELD TWICE A



SEPT - 19 (EMT 7207 05) , 21 (EMT 7207 07) 1300—1700

Charlotte, NC 28269


PALS will be held in the months of FEB & AUG

Tel: 704-943-6000


ACLS will be held in the months of MAR & SEPT

Fax: 704-943-6001 Visit Us on the Web!


20 (EMT 7207 06) , 22 (EMT 7207 08) 1800—2200

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