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EMS Looking to the Past and Future
When Lou Jordan first came to the U.S. Virgin Islands to help start the V.I. Emergency Medical Service, CPR had never been performed in the territory – not even by doctors and nurses, he said. That was in 1976, and the now-ubiquitous lifesaving procedure at that time was just getting widely accepted in the States. It was just one of many changes that overtook the islands, and Sunday Jordan told his audience how proud he was of the difference made in people’s lives.
Jordan was speaking at the EMS Recognition Service, held Sunday afternoon at the multi-purpose room of the D.C. Canegata Ballpark. The event marked both the celebration this week of National Emergency Medical Services Week and the 36th anniversary of the creation of the EMS in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Dr. Marc Jerome, speaking for the V.I. Department of Health, praised the EMS members in attendance for how well they perform their “most noble task.” “No one could thank you enough for the sacrifices you make on a daily basis,” Jerome said.
Before EMS, the only emergency medical response in the Virgin Islands was a vehicle with a stretcher and the word “Ambulance” painted on the side, Jordan said, remembering his first visit to the territory. The hospital's EKG machine was locked up at night. If the ambulance brought in someone who might have had a heart attack, the vehicle had to go out to pick up the EKG technician, Jordan said, because he was the only one authorized to touch the machine. If another call came in, Jordan remembered, the crew went out to get them, unless “they were picking up laundry or ice.” Even then, most of the workers were frustrated at not being able to provide better service. Because the island is a close-knit community, the ambulance crew often knew the patient or knew someone in the family. So Jordan, who specializes in emergency medical training, had a willing group to work with.
“They knew they were capable of more,” he said. Because of that drive, he said, “The classes I conducted here in the islands were the most rewarding classes I have ever done.” While the focus of Sunday's event was to look back at how far the service has come in 26 years, Jordan had advice for the future. In tough economic times when government budgets are stretched tight, there is often a temptation to shove EMS into the fire or police department as a cost-saving move. Resist such efforts, he said. Police officers and firefighters do those jobs because they want to be police officers and firefighters. Emergency Medical Service workers are in that field because that's what they want – not to be in the fire department or police agency, he said, to applause from the audience. He urged the EMS workers to reward politicians who have helped create the EMS under the Department of Health, and continue supporting them as long as they support EMS. “Give them your support, don't just show up when you need something,” Jordan said. “Stand tall. Show the importance of the work you do. Show them no one else could do the work you do.”
Jordan, who now lives in Maryland, choked up finally, saying that part of his goal in returning to the territory was to see the man who helped create the service. He called Charles Roper “a brother,” and the two men embraced at the center of the stage. Jordan then led Roper to the podium. Roper also hearkened back to the early days of the EMS, when he happened to be at the hospital and meet a man named Lou Jordan who was talking about emergency medical service. Most of the people listening were just a little dubious, wondering who this person was and what was in it for him. Finally Roper asked him why he was here. “He answered that a life in the Virgin Islands is just as important as a life in Maryland,” said Roper. That was all he needed to hear to be convinced, he said.
THE HEARTMOBILE RESTORATION - America’s First Mobile Coronary Care Unit
Central Ohio has the distinction of being the birthplace of the Heartmobile, a milestone in the history of Emergency Medical Service (EMS) in America. It was the first Mobile Coronary Care Unit in the United States. It is currently undergoing a complete ground-up restoration by the Central Ohio Fire Museum in downtown Columbus.
The Heartmobile began saving lives in April, 1969 by bringing the hospital to the patient for cardiac emergencies such as sudden cardiac arrest and other cardiac related emergencies. The vehicle was staffed by an Ohio State University Medical Center physician and three specially-trained Columbus firefighters. The mobile coronary care unit brought complete medical care to the patient, cutting in half the normal response time to the patient and the transport back to the hospital. The Heartmobile is owned by the Central Ohio Fire Museum and has been in long-term storage for over 25 years.
In 2005 interest in restoring the Heartmobile prompted meetings of interested parties to begin fund raising efforts. The restoration began in earnest in 2007 and completion is anticipated sometime in 2014. The restoration is being done at the Central Ohio Fire Museum shop by volunteers working one night a week, for the past six years. This has resulted in a longer restoration time frame but at a huge cost savings.
During this time the vehicle has been totally dismantled down to the frame. After cleaning the frame, new sheet metal has been fabricated and the doors, front end and roof have been refurbished. New compartment doors and windows are being installed and the vehicle completely rewired. The motor and transmission were removed and have been rebuilt. In March 2014 the body returned from the paint shop ready for reassembly. The interior upholstery, cabinetry and flooring will be installed to complete the interior. Installation of the marker lights, roof beacons and sirens will bring the Heartmobile back to life as it looked in 1969.
Upon completion, the Heartmobile will initially tour Ohio attending medical conventions, EMS seminars, fire and EMS equipment shows and special events related to its place in EMS history. Eventually the vehicle will be placed in the Central Ohio Fire Museum on permanent display.
Restoration funds and sponsors are still needed to complete the project. The Fire Museum is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization and donations are deductible under applicable IRS rules. If you are interested in physically helping with the restoration contact Bill Hall at the fire museum for work party nights. A color brochure describing the project is available upon request. Donations may be made to the Heartmobile Project, 260 N. Fourth St., Columbus, OH 43215. Questions may be directed to 464-4099
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EMS TODAY - February 5,2014- Washington DC
A brief tour of the Museums booth at EMS Today by well known author, columnist and blogger Kelly Grayson
Just a Reminder - If you are attending EMSWorld Expo in Nashville in November...
We usually offer FREE Entry Passes to the Exhibit Hall
to Friends of the Museum
Watch our website and Facebook pages in late October for details
MIAMI- Dr. Gene Nagle and first Paramedic Program; Miami Shores FD early Paramedics
Left: Dr. Gene Nagle and Jim Hirschman demonstrate telemetry radio
Center: Dr. Jim Hirschman, Gene Nagle and Joe Davis
Right: Telemetry Console Jackson Memorial
Left: First Miami Paramedic Rescue
Center: Arrest at Jackson Memorial
Right: Miami Paramedics
Left: Miami Shores firefighters were lobbying the public to allow them and help them fund an ALS service similar to the City of Miami Fire Department. Publix Supermarket on N.E. 6th Avenue and 91st Street in early April, 1972.
The City of Miami had been running ALS services through the Fire Department Rescue Units for 3-4 years; and Miami Shores Fire Department wanted to become the second department to provide those services. The fire fighters had been riding with the City to learn their roles and working with Dr. Gene Nagel and Dr. Jim Hirschman to get experience. Much of the hands on was done at the M.E.'s Office that was then directed by Dr. Joe Davis. Another doctor, Donald Rosenberg, now Miami Dade's Medical Director, was scheduled to be our medical director. There were no State Laws at the time and we just did it, really without anyone objecting; but a doctor would sign us off to perform ALS services.
On the table is a Life Pak 33( Physio Controls first battery powered monitor/defibrillator) , next was a "suit case" radio (came off a City Motorcycle) and connected to it was a telementry coder (which allowed EKG's to be sent to Jackson Memorial Hospital.) Then a cut away to explain CPR to the public, with a Thumper attached, a scanner to listen to City calls, and an IV bag. These demonstrations were done every weekend until we had enough funds to purchase the equipment. Miami Shores first provide ALS service from an old Seagraves Engine, probably the first ALS Engine in the U.S. Note the glass IV bottle, drugs were in glass ampules.
1971-Standing behind the FF's was the Mayor of Miami Shores and the Police Chief.
L to R: Larry Dest (RIP), Dick Mallett, Charlie Perez, Chief, Mike McDermott, Jim McDaniels (RIP)
Photos courtesy of Tom Watson and Charlie Perez
Dr. Carl Young - 1923-2008
Carl B. Young, Jr. MD of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away, Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at the age of 85.
Carl held a lifetime membership with the Harris County Emergency Corps and worked closely with the Houston Fire Department. He rendered first aid to the injured during the Texas City disaster where hundreds were injured and killed after several ships exploded. Beginning a career in lifesaving in 1941 with the American Red Cross, Carl trained thousands in first aid, swimming, lifesaving and CPR. In 1963, he began volunteer service for the American Heart association continuing his "hands on" training of thousands more in CPR.
Carl's life was dedicated to improving pre-hospital care and transportation of the sick and injured. His continued and untiring efforts helped to change and advance ambulance transportation to that of a recognized and professional service -- both locally in Texas and throughout the USA. In addition to his trademark "hands on" approach to training, Carl wrote and had published three textbooks on Emergency Care and Transportation. He also developed emergency splints and rescue spine boards to handle the injured and implemented new techniques for removing the injured from wrecked automobiles. In the 1960's, he helped to plan, organize and teach the first statewide ambulance training course held at the Texas A and M Fire School in College Station and served on the task force with the Academy of Sciences National Research Council -- a special privilege. Within these courses, requirements for ambulance design and standard equipment to be carried and used in these ambulances resulted in the modern EMS modular ambulances and medical intensive care units used today throughout the USA and other parts of the world.
As Dallas, Houston and San Antonio Fire Departments started their EMS programs, Carl trained the initial instructors. Later, he played a major role in the 10-year struggle for the formation of the Corpus Christi Fire Department EMS. Carl was a past Member and Fellow of the Texas Public Health association. Read Article
ANOTHER EPISODE - "The Arrogant Probie"
Long before EMERGENCY, this series highlighted the exploits of
Los Angeles County Fire Departments RESCUE 8.
Starring Jim Davis and Lang Jeffries
BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH
NEW ADDITION! Another popular classic training film
This 1977 video classic highlights the need for a professional Emergency Medical Service.
DISASTER DRILL AT RICHMOND MEMORIAL HOSPITAL-1962
Disaster Drill at Richmond Memorial Hospital- Staten Island NY in 1962.
Note the clever ramp built to offload the cot from the Cadillac Ambulance in the opening scene.
Also demonstrated- the "New" skill of Mouth to Mouth Resuscitation, and the old
Back Pressure Armlift and Chest Pressure Armlift methods of Rescue Breathing.
FREEDOM HOUSE AMBULANCE SERVICE
"What began in the mid-1960s as a way to give unemployed black residents of the Hill District
jobs driving huckster wagons evolved into a minority-run ambulance service that was in the
vanguard of the civil rights movement and modern emergency medicine."
A short clip about "Freedom House" , a documentary about the first paramedic program
established in inner city Pittsburgh by Dr. Peter Safar and Dr. Nancy Caroline
For more information: Freedom House-Street Saviors
1967: FREEDOM HOUSE REVOLUTIONIZED EMERGENCY CARE?
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The Museum recently was presented with a collection of over 1000 collectible ambulances by Captain Geoff Fallows of Little Ferry NJ EMS.
Geoff describes his collection as "over 1000 model, collectible and toy ambulances from less than 1 inch to about 30 inches long, representing ambulances from many countries. I started colecting in 1983 with one Matchbox ambulance that belonged to my father, a member of St. John Ambulance in Epping, England."
" Over the next 12 years or so I searched antique shops and Mom and Pop toy stores to add to my collection. I stopped collecting around 1994 when
"Rescue 911" made toy ambulances popular. The oldest models date back to the 1930's. Around 2000 I started collecting Code 3 ambulances. By 2008 I owned every Code 3 ambulance made, including some promos that were never sold."
Have some of your members held onto those obsolete resuscitators and cots, hoping to someday find a worthy home for them? Youv've found it!
|"Wish List" of items the Museum would like to acquire|
|Lifepak 2 and 3|
|Datascope MD2 Monitor/Defibrillator|
|Old Pal Tackle/Drug Box|
|E & J Lyteport Resuscitator||
|Ambu Foam Filled BVM|
|Laerdal BVM's- Green versions|
|Robertshaw Resuscitators-Orange Box and Dual Tank|
|Ferno Washington Stretchers - Model #11. 12, 28, 30|
|Steel D Oxygen Tanks|
The Museums' Collection of early EMS equipment continues to grow because of the generous donations of many of our " Dinosaurs" ,
as well as a new generation who have never seen an episode of EMERGENCY.