YUMA — Emergency Medical Companies (EMS) Statement Week continued final evening with a proclamation learn by Metropolis of Yuma Deputy Mayor Chris Morris and particular recognition from a number of people, for achievements and repair to our division and the group. Representing the Yuma Hearth Division in presenting these awards have been Hearth Chief Dusty Fields and Appearing Battalion Chief Daniel Espino. Helping the Chiefs have been Deputy Mayor Chris Morris, Council Member Gary Knight, Council Member Carol Smith, and Council Member Arturo Morales.
A particular “Spanner Award” was introduced to Amanda Aguirre, President of the Regional Middle for Border Well being, who donated 8 Excessive Decision Video Laryngoscopes (UEScopes) which have been distributed to all of our frontline ambulances. These scopes make it simpler for workers when performing endotracheal intubation to have the ability to breathe for sufferers who’re unable to take care of their airway. These cameras give the paramedic excessive decision video and the flexibility to report their intubations which can be utilized for coaching functions at a later date. Additionally they contribute to security as a result of they preserve the paramedic at a safer distance from potential exposures. The Yuma Hearth Division want to thank Amanda Aguirre for her generosity in making it potential for our frontline models to acquire a Videoscope.
One other particular “Spanner Award” went to Rod Reed, treasurer of the Western Arizona Council of Emergency Medical Companies for a contribution to our division of an OB Susie dummy. This manikin offers our coaching division with one other software for our suppliers to observe sophisticated or troublesome pregnancies and deliveries. Each of those contributions have stored our division up-to-date with know-how and given us the instruments to proceed a few of the high-risk, low-frequency medical calls we encounter.
Firefighter/paramedic Michael Worwood was honored with a Life Saving Award. In March of 2023, Mike entered a smoke-laden cell dwelling to search for a identified occupant. With restricted visibility and assist from his crew members, Mike was capable of finding the only occupant inside and get him to security! The occupant sustained critical accidents on account of the crash and certain would have died had he not been discovered. For all of us, it is simply a part of the job, however for these exterior the trade, Firefighter Worwood made heroic efforts that day. Firefighter Michael Worwood arrived on the scene able to work, leapt into motion with out hesitation and put himself in danger to drag a trapped sufferer out of an environment instantly threatening to life and well being.
Firefighter/paramedic Jesus Sillas was honored with a Cobra Award. The Cobra Award is given to a member of our division for his or her efforts to hunt higher documentation. Paramedic Sillas, whereas assigned to one of many busiest medical models in our division, persistently maintained a excessive commonplace of his documentation. Paramedic Sillas additionally attended a couple of periods of our QA report evaluation conferences the place he acquired and carried out extra documentation data that he persistently utilized to all of his stories.
An EMS Excellence Award was introduced to Hearth Captain Frank Reed, Hearth Engineer Justin Zahn, Firefighter Trevor Smaltz, Firefighter Mauro Rodriguez and Firefighter Victor Garcia. On March 30, a name got here within the Hearth Dispatch for a person with chest ache on the Border Patrol station. The crew shortly recognized the severity of the affected person’s situation and rendered decisive and environment friendly therapy. Their affected person interplay time was simply over 12 minutes. Throughout that point, that they had utilized a 12-lead to acknowledge acceptable therapy, administered IV remedy, administered 2 programs of vital drugs, and notified the hospital of their arrival by advising them of the severity of the affected person’s situation. The work of this crew saved their affected person’s life. Within the cardiac realm, “time is woven” and with out the fast care offered by this crew, the end result for this affected person might have been drastically completely different. This crew couldn’t have achieved what they’ve performed with out being nicely educated and skilled to reply the demand for this name. They’re a direct reflection and embodiment of this group’s dedication to the best stage of care we are able to present to our residents.
This 12 months’s Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for the Yuma Hearth Division is Firefighter/EMT Ty Fritz. Ty Fritz has been an Emergency Medical Technician/Firefighter with the Yuma Hearth Division since January 5, 2015. All through his profession, his affected person care has been noteworthy. He reveals compassion and sensitivity to all of his sufferers, explaining why and what he’s doing, which places the affected person as comfy as potential. Ty approaches all calls as if treating his member of the family. Though he’s not a licensed paramedic, Ty may be very educated about Advance Life Help abilities. Inside the division, he was additionally concerned in hazardous supplies actions and did an awesome job of organizing all the mitigation gear into the HAZMAT trailer. Moreover, exterior of the Division, Ty has expanded his schooling by attending trainings and lessons in areas such because the Middle for Security and Emergency Response Coaching and the Middle for Nuclear Radiological Coaching. General Ty Fritz has been an impressive worker throughout the Division who deserves this accolade.
This 12 months’s Paramedic of the Yr for the Yuma Hearth Division is Firefighter/Paramedic Fernando Quintero. Firefighter Fernando Quintero has been with the hearth division for simply over 5 years. He excels as a staff member, chief and mentor encouraging everybody round him to be higher. In March 2023, Fernando handled a male sufferer with burns to his face (together with respiratory tract), palms and arms. He carried out the lead paramedic name and offered a stage of care that labored finest for this burn sufferer. He was in a position to heal all the apparent deadly wounds and start the mandatory therapy earlier than this particular person succumbed to his wounds. His fast pondering and his exemplary stage of care led to this affected person being shortly transferred from the YRMC to the Maricopa burn unit. Fernando has all the time stepped up and been part of our group and Division involvement. He has been concerned in testing the bodily talents of candidates for potential new staff and on the division’s Emergency Medical Service committee. He additionally participated within the 9/11 Tunnel to Towers and Tower Climb runs.
This 12 months’s 911 Emergency Medical Dispatcher of the Yr is Heather Boland-Thompson. Extremely educated, Heather helps practice new individuals and is a superb supply of knowledge within the dispatch middle. Her wit and her hugs additionally go a great distance with regards to robust calls or whenever you want assist at work. Dispatch has skilled a scarcity of workers and Heather typically works extra time and is likely one of the first to volunteer to assist when wanted. She has been with town for 14 years and is extraordinarily deserving of this award. We really admire your exhausting work daily and your dedication to our metropolis and its residents. She was an inspiration to these on the expedition.
The next promotions additionally occurred:
- Battalion Chief: Alvin Luedtke
- Hearth Captain: Travis LaRue
- Hearth Captain: Francisco Leon
- Hearth Captain: David Padilla Jr.
- Hearth Captain: Jordan Simpson
- Hearth Engineer: Scot Beebe
- Hearth Division Engineer: Anthony Fernandez
- Hearth engineer: Leonardo Gonzales
- Hearth engineer: Manuel Pelayo
- Hearth Division Engineer: Jared White