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January 2018

 Saturday, Jan 20 
Still no Kentucky pension bill in sight (WAVE)
The plan was for the Kentucky General Assembly to have pension reform passed and out of the way long before now. Instead, we're 12 days into the 2018 session and no bill has yet seen the light of the day.
 Thursday, Jan 18 
Proposal would axe weather monitoring stations in Kentucky (U.S. News & World Report)
A network of 69 weather monitoring stations used to issue warnings for tornados and flash floods across Kentucky would be eliminated under the latest budget proposal from the state's Republican governor.
 Thursday, Jan 18 
Coal severance funds going towards the purchase of new Whitley ambulance (News Journal)
Whitley County EMS will be getting a new ambulance thanks to coal severance money.
 Thursday, Jan 18 
Bevin takes $201 million from state workers’ health plan to balance proposed budget (Lexington Herald Leader)
Bevin’s biggest transfer would be $201.5 million over two years from the Kentucky Employees’ Health Plan. The state health plan is a favorite for governors and lawmakers to raid because it usually runs a fat surplus.
 Thursday, Jan 18 
Death toll in Kentucky from widespread flu rises to 34 adults and 2 children (Louisville Courier Journal)
At least 34 adults and two children have died from the flu in Kentucky, according to a release from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
 Wednesday, Jan 17 
Louisville Metro EMS looking to hire 40 EMTs, free paid training available (WDRB)
Louisville Metro Emergency Medical Services has started the application process for a class to train EMT recruits.
 Tuesday, Jan 16 
IV bags in short supply across US after Hurricane Maria (CNN)
Puerto Rico, which produces more pharmaceuticals by dollar value for the nation than any of the individual 50 states or any foreign country, has been key to the supply of these IV saline bags.
 Tuesday, Jan 16 
Anchorage Fire Department approves plan to merge with Middletown (WDRB)
The Anchorage Fire Department board has unanimously approved a plan to merge with the Middletown Fire Department.
 Tuesday, Jan 16 
Bevin issues ultimatum: If courts block Medicaid plan, half million Kentuckians will lose care (Louisville Courier Journal)
Gov. Matt Bevin has issued an executive order that would strip Medicaid coverage from nearly half a million Kentuckians should his proposed overhaul of the federal-state health plan be struck down in court.
 Tuesday, Jan 16 
Officials: 911 locators less precise than Uber (EMS1)
National Association of State 911 Administrators executive director Evelyn Bailey said the locator system is not always reliable.
 Friday, Jan 12 
State Emergency Operations Center activated to monitor storm (Kentucky Press News Service)
Kentucky Emergency Management activated the State Emergency Operations Center early Friday morning in response to the winter storm crossing the state.
 Friday, Jan 12 
NASEMSO releases fatigue in EMS risk management guidelines (EMS1)
The organization teamed up with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine to mitigate the effects of fatigue with recommendations.
 Thursday, Jan 11 
DNR tattoos: Are they legal and is EMS bound to comply? (EMS1)
EMS practitioners should be aware of their state laws pertaining to DNRs and follow local protocols.
 Thursday, Jan 11 
Hospitals dealing with IV bag shortage (CBS)
Hospitals across the nation are dealing with a shortage of an essential tool: IV bags that help them administer medications.
 Wednesday, Jan 10 
Anchorage and Middletown Fire Districts could soon merge, raising residents' taxes in the process (WDRB)
The Middletown Fire District and Anchorage Fire and EMS are in talks to merge, making a coverage area of more than 53,000 people.
 Tuesday, Jan 9 
Special ambulance district gets first tax receipts (Glasgow Daily Times)
The special ambulance service taxing district for Barren County has received its first payment from tax receipts.
 Tuesday, Jan 9 
Are EMS providers first responders? (EMS1)
Separating private and public EMS services is key to shifting public perception, proving EMS is the third arm of public safety.
 Tuesday, Jan 9 
Flu becomes widespread across Kentuckiana, the United States (WHAS)
More people in Kentucky are dying from the flu. There are now five confirmed flu deaths in Lexington. That brings the total number of dead in Kentucky from the flu to 12.
 Monday, Jan 8 
'9-1-1' TV series is off base on first responders (EMS1)
New TV series on first responders falls flat with the fire service, bows to stereotypes and inaccuracies.
 Saturday, Jan 6 
Autistic boy's drowning is now a lesson for Louisville-area first responders (Louisville Courier Journal)
The story of an autistic boy's death is being shared with MetroSafe dispatchers and others who respond to emergencies in the Louisville area by trainers who are working with them on how to help people with autism.
 Friday, Jan 5 
EMS warns cold can affect your brain; you might not be aware you are injured (WAVE)
Just four days into 2018 and University Hospital had already seen seven emergency cases of hypothermia or frostbite.
 Thursday, Jan 4 
GOP leaders sending mixed messages on pension bill (Lexington Herald Leader)
Key House Republicans in Kentucky sent mixed messages Wednesday as lawmakers work behind the scenes to craft a bill to overhaul one of the country's worst-funded pension systems.
 Wednesday, Jan 3 
It’s 2018, and there’s no sign of a pension overhaul bill in Frankfort (Lexington Herald Leader)
The first day of Kentucky’s 2018 General Assembly came and went Tuesday, and no bill to overhaul Kentucky’s pension system was presented, and there was no definite word about when one will emerge.
 Wednesday, Jan 3 
Kentucky EMS Conference Call For Presentations (KAPA)
The Kentucky Ambulance Provider's Association Conference Education Committee is now accepting abstracts for consideration for the 28th annual 2018 Kentucky EMS Conference and Expo, scheduled for September 18-21, 2018, in Lexington, KY.
 Wednesday, Jan 3 
Jeffersontown Fire District starting ground ambulance service, medical officer needed (WAVE)
The Jeffersontown Fire Protection District is accepting applications for a full-time medical officer, for their new ambulance service.
 Tuesday, Jan 2 
Pensions, budget and House leadership highlight opening of 2018 Ky. General Assembly (WDRB)
The 2018 session of Kentucky's General Assembly began on Tuesday in Frankfort.

December 2017

 Friday, Dec 29 
FirstNet now available for first responders across the U.S. (EMS1)
All 50 states, two territories and Washington, D.C. have joined FirstNet in order to give first responders access to the wireless broadband network.
 Thursday, Dec 28 
Woman arrested for kicking paramedic in the chest (EMS1)
The woman allegedly fought paramedics who responded with police after neighbors complained of a woman screaming on the balcony.
 Thursday, Dec 28 
Soaring overdose deaths cut US life expectancy for 2nd year (WDRB)
U.S. deaths from drug overdoses skyrocketed 21 percent last year, and for the second straight year dragged down how long Americans are expected to live.
 Wednesday, Dec 27 
Quiz: Test your knowledge of 'Emergency!' (EMS1)
Do you think you know everything about the popular '70s TV series and the members of Squad 51? Let's see if you've got what it takes to get a perfect score.
 Wednesday, Dec 27 
A bear to make you feel better (Advocate-Messenger)
Boyle first responders received 400 stuffed animals from inmate program.
 Wednesday, Dec 27 
Lawsuit: Retirement systems gambled on hedge funds, concealed its financial mess (Louisville Courier Journal)
Struggling with a growing financial crisis in 2011, officials of Kentucky Retirement Systems gambled with a $1.2 billion investment in risky hedge funds and for years masked the severity of the crisis with false assumptions of its future investment returns, a lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges.
 Wednesday, Dec 27 
Nurses and doctors around Louisville preparing for post-Christmas storm of patients (WDRB)
The storm is expected to hit the day after Christmas, when people take care of things they didn't think were important enough to deal with on the holiday.
 Sunday, Dec 24 
Paramedics see increase in calls over holiday weekend (WDRB)
Paramedics and EMTs see a variety of calls as people celebrate the Christmas holiday.
 Sunday, Dec 24 
Emergency dispatchers provide multi lifelines (Bowling Green Daily News)
With the push of a button Jacob Starks answers a medical 911 call in The Medical Center Emergency Medical Services dispatch room.
 Thursday, Dec 21 
Flu activity is ‘widespread’ statewide (Lexington Herald Leader)
State officials say that the state has “widespread” flu for the first time this flu season.
 Thursday, Dec 21 
Gov. Matt Bevin won't call special session on pensions, warns budget will be a 'doozy' (Louisville Courier Journal)
Gov. Matt Bevin has repeatedly promised to call a special legislative session on pension reform in 2017, but on Thursday he indicated that doing so before the new year begins would be impractical.
 Thursday, Dec 21 
Use the RESPOND method to assess EMS provider PTSD (EMS1)
Regular assessment can help mitigate the effects of trauma on EMT and paramedics’ emotional health and well-being.
 Wednesday, Dec 20 
Kentucky pension reform: Beshear says law protects retired teachers' pay increases (Louisville Courier Journal)
Beshear's opinion states that the law specifically says the benefits under the inviolable contract shall "not be subject to reduction or impairment by alteration, amendment, or repeal."
 Wednesday, Dec 20 
Is Uber really decreasing ambulance usage? (EMS1)
Two economists conclude that Uber availability has reduced EMS ambulance transport by 7 percent in major U.S. cities.
 Monday, Dec 18 
Officials find flaws in almost every first responder app (EMS1)
The Department of Homeland Security and the Science and Technology Directorate said they found security flaws in almost every lifesaving app they analyzed.
 Sunday, Dec 17 
911 service agreement signed by Junction City (Advocate-Messenger)
The Junction City Council approved a 911 agreement with the Danville 911 Dispatch Center on Thursday night, making it the third entity to sign on.
 Friday, Dec 15 
The best of EMS1 Pioneers: Pearls from the class of 2017 (EMS1)
This year's profiled EMS pioneers shared an experienced perspective on EMS training and education, leadership and opportunities.
 Friday, Dec 15 
Senator urges EMS chiefs to support National EMS Memorial bill (EMS1)
A U.S. senator urged EMS chiefs to support a bill that would allow for an EMS memorial to be built on federal land.
 Thursday, Dec 14 
County officials meet with ambulance reps (Ledger-Independent)
A meeting between Lewis County officials and Portsmouth Ambulance about response time concerns produced “very promising results,” according to Lewis County Judge-Executive Todd Ruckel.
 Wednesday, Dec 13 
5 easy ways to improve your PCR writing (EMS1)
Be thorough, timely and proofread your PCRs to ensure your treatments and professionalism won’t be called into question.
 Wednesday, Dec 13 
Study: Uber reduces ambulance usage in major cities (EMS1)
Research shows that ambulance usage by low-risk patients has decreased by at least 7 percent.
 Monday, Dec 11 
Holiday gift guide: 10 gifts under $25 for new paramedics, EMTs (EMS1)
Here's a roundup of gift ideas to help your newest colleague feel prepared and, in some cases, entertained.
 Monday, Dec 11 
Kentucky governor might not call special session (WAVE)
Kentucky's Republican governor has acknowledged for the first time he might not call a special session of the state legislature to overhaul one of the country's worst funded public pension systems.
 Friday, Dec 8 
Louisville's pension costs to go up a whopping $38M, threatening to wipe out new revenue (Louisville Courier Journal)
Louisville's pension bill will go up by $38 million next year, an amount that could wipe out any revenue growth in their next budget.
 Friday, Dec 8 
Bill aims to forgive volunteer first responder student loan debt (EMS1)
The proposal would eliminate a portion of student loans in an effort to attract more people to volunteer.
 Friday, Dec 8 
Mass casualty procedures put to the test after 41 JCPS students hurt in bus crash (WAVE)
Mass casualty procedures were enacted after three Jefferson County Public School buses were involved in a crash Thursday morning.
 Thursday, Dec 7 
Pension plans will need nearly $800 million more next year, Kentucky Retirement Systems says (Louisville Courier Journal)
Nearly $800 million more will be needed next year to put the state and local government retirement plans of the Kentucky Retirement Systems on the road to recovery.
 Wednesday, Dec 6 
Most House Republicans ask Gov. Bevin to hold off on calling special session in 2017 (Louisville Courier Journal)
House Republicans ask governor not to call a special session. A revised pension bill is not finished yet, and there are not enough days left in 2017.
 Tuesday, Dec 5 
Kentucky EMS Memorial Store is having a Christmas sale
The Kentucky EMS Memorial Store is having a Christmas sale with some new gift items through December 11.
 Tuesday, Dec 5 
Going to the hospital: Ambulance vs. driving yourself (WAVE)
Police said taking matters into your own hands can complicate an already complicated situation.
 Monday, Dec 4 
National EMS Scope of Practice Model updates released (EMS1)
Changes include the addition of narcotic antagonists, tourniquet applications and wound packing use.
 Friday, Dec 1 
Ambulance board gets audit report (Glasgow Daily Times)
A few issues were found during the audit of the 2016-17 fiscal year financial statements of Barren-Metcalfe County Emergency Medical Services, but the auditors mostly chalked them up to office staff turnover and inexperience with government accounting standards.
 Friday, Dec 1 
Danville purchases new computer-aided dispatch system for $244K (Advocate Messenger)
The City of Danville has approved the first major purchase associated with a overhaul of its 911 center’s dispatch equipment.
 Friday, Dec 1 
Boyle County approves 911 agreement with Danville; city expected to do same (Advocate-Messenger)
Boyle County magistrates have approved an agreement that would finally solidify how 911 service is provided in the county, and it’s likely Danville will sign off on the agreement Friday morning as well.


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