The school year is winding down across the metro area, but Paramedics, Firefighters and Wentzville School District [WSD] officials are heading back to class for a lesson they hope to never put into practice. On selected dates throughout the month of May, first responders from emergency response agencies throughout St. Charles County will gather to train for mass casualty incidents [MCI]. This year’s scenario: a serious motor vehicle accident involving a school bus filled with students. Continue reading
The “First 100 Days” is typically a time metric reserved for elected officials, but in St. Charles County, a collaborative effort between Paramedics and BJC Healthcare posted some impressive results of its own during the first 100 days. The initiative, called Mobile Integrated Health [MIH], has resulted in an estimated $149,000+ expenditure savings and vast improvements in patients’ health status self-assessments. Continue reading
Wentzville resident John Gutierrez and his family are especially thankful this holiday season. Just two months ago, John suffered a severe myocardial infarction (heart attack), and required the assistance of St. Charles County Ambulance District Paramedics Todd Ferring and Danielle Carroll, along with personnel from Wentzville Fire Protection District and Wentzville Police Department. On December 21, John, his wife and his sons had the opportunity to reconnect with the responders who were there during his time of need. Fox 2 Now’s Mike Colombo was there to capture the emotional moment – view the story here.
On Tuesday, April 4, 2017 the qualified voters of election District 5 will elect one Director for the District to the St Charles County Ambulance District Board of Directors to serve a three-year term. Procedure for filing a declaration of candidacy for Director as follows:
1. Filing will open at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday December 13, 2016 and close at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday
January 17, 2017.
2. Filing must be declared in writing at the St Charles County Election Authority Administrative
office at 397 Turner Boulevard, St Peters MO 63376 during the posted regular hours.
Candidates for the office of Director at the time of filing must be a citizen of the United States, a qualified voter of the election District in which they are a candidate, a resident of the District for two years next preceding the election and shall be at least 24 years of age.
For candidates filing on the first day (December 13, 2016) the order of filing will be determined by random drawing. Thereafter, candidates for each election District will appear on the ballot in the order in which his/her written declaration of candidacy is filed with the St Charles County Election Authority. All candidates are required to complete MO Department of Revenue Form 5120, Candidate’s Affidavit of Tax Payments and Bonding Requirements, and signed and notarized when filing.
Raymond Bauer, Secretary
Throughout St. Charles County, construction is booming; from retail to residential, growth is happening in virtually all municipalities and unincorporated areas. With this expansion in the community comes the need for more emergency services – a need that St. Charles County Ambulance District [SCCAD] is tackling head-on with two new ambulance stations. Continue reading
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to St. Charles County Ambulance District (SCCAD) by the Government Fiance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. 2016 marks the twelfth consecutive year that SCCAD has received the Certificate.
The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and groups to read the CAFR.
The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with officers in Chicago and Washtington, DC.
Selecting a name for a new baby can be a daunting task for many new parents. Some select names that have been in their family for generations, while others name children in honor of favorite historical figures or literary characters. But one new arrival in St. Charles County has a very unique meaning behind his moniker – an Ambulance District. Continue reading
The old saying goes, “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream,” but for 9-year old Camden Prater of Cottleville, a piece of waffle cone rendered her unable to scream. Camden and her mother, Kim, and brother, 12-year old Kyle, were returning from an outing for a treat on August 6 when the piece of cone became lodged, rendering her unable to breathe.
Kim immediately pulled to the side of the road, and before she could act, Kyle passed his cone to his mom and said, “I got this!” After a few abdominal thrusts, he dislodged the obstruction. Though understandably upset, Camden’s breathing returned to normal and all was fine.
Kyle credits his expert handling of the situation to a free Lifesaver CPR class he took just a few weeks prior to the incident. The course, hosted by SCCAD Outreach at the Middendorf Kredel Library in O’Fallon, provided one-on-one instruction to residents of all ages. Skills covered in Lifesaver classes include hands-only CPR and how to relieve choking.
SCCAD Outreach offers the FREE Lifesaver classes regularly at locations throughout the county, including two coming up in September. Paramedics will be at Lake St. Louis Community Association on 9/12 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and at Progress West Hospital’s ‘Day of Play’ event on 9/17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lifesaver CPR courses are intended to get lay rescuers comfortable with the idea of helping a victim of sudden cardiac arrest or choking until Paramedics can arrive by ambulance. The sessions are open format, meaning that individuals and families may come anytime during the advertised time frame. Most complete the training in about 20 minutes, but attendees are welcome to practice on the interactive manikins as long as they’d like. The class does NOT provide attendees with a certification card.
Whether driving the ambulance through heavy traffic or responding to a potentially dangerous scene, safety is always front of mind for Paramedics and leadership team of St. Charles County Ambulance District [SCCAD]. Last week, the District was recognized as a 2016 WorkSAFE Workplace of the Year by Missouri Employers Mutual [MEM] – an honor bestowed upon only 18 of MEM’s 15,000 policy holders in the state. Continue reading
For filmmakers, ‘awards season’ comes at the beginning of the each year, but for the Emergency Medical Services industry, top honors are announced during the dog days of summer. Last week at their annual conference and meeting, the Missouri Emergency Medical Services Association [MEMSA] named St. Charles County Ambulance District [SCCAD] Missouri’s ‘EMS Service of the Year’, and presented SCCAD’s Kelly Maull with their ‘Paramedic of the Year’ award.
Maull, a resident of Wentzville, has served with SCCAD since 2005, working at one of the District’s busiest stations in O’Fallon. Last year, she was part of a newsworthy series of events in which she and her partner successfully revived two cardiac arrest patients in the same shift – an occurrence described by many as extraordinary. In addition, she worked last year to bring together several resources within the community to produce a public service announcement on moving to the right for ambulances and other emergency vehicles.
“Kelly is a diligent, compassionate individual perfectly suited for EMS,” said SCCAD Chief Taz Meyer, “Her view goes beyond the immediate nature of the situation at hand; rather, she works to identify long-term solutions with care partners in our community.”
Community collaboration was one of the reasons cited by MEMSA for SCCAD’s selection as Missouri’s EMS Service of the Year. The District has established partnerships with agencies both inside and outside the healthcare industry, working with entities such as St. Charles City-County Library District, BJC Healthcare, numerous non-profits and area churches to improve citizens’ knowledge and access to District services. MEMSA also noted SCCAD’s forward-thinking clinical approach, citing the success of its cardio-cerebral resuscitation protocols, which debuted last year and have translated to improved outcomes for cardiac arrest patients.
“It’s clear to see why MEMSA made this selection – as a healthcare professional and resident of St. Charles County, I’m consistently impressed by the Ambulance District’s strategic, systematic approach to mobile health solutions and community safety initiatives” said Barnes St. Peters & Progress West Hospital VP of Patient Care Services and SCCAD Citizens Advisory Board member Jill Skyles.
SCCAD and its team members have a rich history of recognition by MEMSA; Maull is the 12th Paramedic to receive the organization’s top honor, and this marks the sixth time that the District has been named EMS Service of the Year.