If asked to describe a chlorine reaction, most individuals would cite eye irritation or green-tinged hair that occurs after a day spent zipping down waterslides or splashing in a community pool. Reactions to highly-diluted chlorine are mild and subside within hours, but higher concentrations of chlorine exposure can be harmful, even fatal – a scenario that provides the backdrop for this year’s Mass Casualty Incident [MCI] training for Paramedics and Firefighters in St. Charles County. Continue reading
Due to the winter weather advisory in effect, tonight’s board of directors work session has been cancelled.
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting was awarded to St. Charles County Ambulance District [SCCAD] by the Government Finance 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 an agency and its management.
The CAFR is judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential user and user groups to read the CAFR.
For thousands of families across our community, the holidays are a happy time; filled with parties, pageants and packages. Others, however, have a difficult time getting into the holiday spirit, because they’re among the millions of Americans facing hunger. This week, residents at retirement facilities will partner with St. Charles County Ambulance District [SCCAD] Paramedics to ensure that pantry shelves in their community are fully stocked for those in need. Continue reading
Growing increasingly alarmed by rising call volume for heroin and opiate overdoses, St. Charles County Ambulance District [SCCAD] Paramedics over the past 18 months rolled out a multi-pronged program designed to combat the epidemic. This week, the American Ambulance Association [AAA] honored SCCAD’s efforts with a 2017 AMBY Award in the category of Community Impact Program. Paramedics and leadership staff from the District accepted the honor at the AAA’s annual meeting. Continue reading
With a bold palette of red, white and blue, it’s hard to miss the newly-redesigned exterior that recently appeared on a handful of St. Charles County Ambulance District’s [SCCAD] advanced life support units. The new look made its debut in July on two ambulances, and will be phased into the District’s fleet of 30+ units over the next few years.
The design change comes following a recent Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] study on Emergency Vehicle Visibility and Conspicuity, which among other findings suggested that agencies such as SCCAD consider increased use of reflective materials and contrasting colors on emergency vehicles. Continue reading
On August 1 of last year, Paramedic Lisa Cassidy kicked off #StopHeroin, a campaign aimed at educating residents of St. Charles County about the severity of the opioid crisis in their community. In the months that followed, she was instrumental in the development of a collaborative program designed to link those successfully revived with treatment options. This week, nearly one year after her efforts began, Cassidy was named Paramedic of the Year by the Missouri Emergency Medical Services Association at the organization’s annual conference in Branson. Continue reading
When injuries and illnesses occur where the terrain is rugged, St. Charles County Ambulance District [SCCAD] Paramedics are now better equipped to respond thanks to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The group recently awarded SCCAD a grant for a utility terrain vehicle [UTV], which will be used to reach patients who suffer medical emergencies in areas difficult to access with traditional ambulances.
The UTV is specially outfitted to hold a stretcher and other life saving medical equipment used on 911 calls. In total, the equipment is valued at nearly $25,000. The UTV was officially presented to the District on July 13 at the Firehouse Subs restaurant in St. Charles.
“Between the Katy Trail, Great Rivers Greenway and an expansive network of paths located within numerous St. Charles County Parks, there are many miles of off-road areas within our community where medical emergencies occur with some regularity,” said SCCAD Chief Taz Meyer. “These areas are being used with increasing frequency by runners, bicyclists and others, and the equipment donated by Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation will undoubtedly result in reduced response times to medical emergencies.”
The UTV donated by Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is the second in SCCAD’s fleet. Having an additional vehicle will enable the District to position units at multiple stations along the trail network. In addition to emergency calls in hard-to-access areas, UTVs are also utilized by Paramedics with large-scale events such as the County Fair and O’Fallon Heritage & Freedom Fest.
“It feels great to be able to give back to those who put their lives on the line every day to protect us,” said Larry Webb, Firehouse Subs Franchisee.
In 2005, the Firehouse Subs founders established the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations. Through the non-profit 501(c)(3), Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has granted more than $25 million to hometown heroes in 46 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, including more than $778,000 in Missouri.
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