Paramedics Go For The Gold

In 2014, St. Charles County Ambulance District [SCCAD] Paramedics brought home bronze. Last year, they secured Silver status. This year, Paramedics in St. Charles County are celebrating their American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline®EMS Gold Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. Continue reading

SCCAD Joins Growing ‘Safe Place’ Network

For Paramedics, assisting and intervening during times of crisis is part of the job.  For more than four decades, the men and women of St. Charles County Ambulance District [SCCAD] have expertly handled thousands of calls for all variety of medical emergencies, and as of this week, thanks to a partnership with Youth In Need, are equipped to assist area youth facing different types of challenges. Continue reading

SCCAD Paramedics Train For Active Shooter Situations

Over the past decade, numerous communities across our nation were forever changed by specific acts of violence.  The incidents occurred in large cities and small towns alike, claiming the lives of hundreds of men, women and children.  This week, more than 300 Paramedics and Firefighters in St. Charles County will come together to train the incident they hope never occurs in their community: a mass-casualty incident [MCI] caused by an active shooter. Continue reading

SCCAD Earns Top Rating From MO Bureau of EMS

Students often dread report card distribution day at school, but this week, another group in St. Charles County was pleased to receive their progress report.  St. Charles County Ambulance District [SCCAD] earned high marks in all categories in its recent Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Bureau of EMS Ground Ambulance Licensure inspection.

Inspectors thoroughly reviewed the District’s response times and advanced life support [ALS] coverage, and finding absolutely no deficiencies in the operation,  awarded SCCAD the highest possible rating. The re-licensure process, which ambulance service providers must undergo every five years, includes inspection of lifesaving vehicles and equipment, as well as assessment of staffing levels and ALS protocols.

The District’s Training Center was evaluated separately, and received top marks for its continuing education programs, as well as for its public EMT and Paramedic training programs.

“SCCAD has a number of quality improvement processes in place to ensure that we’re meeting the high standards set forth by the Bureau of EMS;” said Chief Taz Meyer, “Even so, it’s satisfying to receive confirmation from a third-party review that our organization is not only meeting but exceeding the needs of our growing community.”

This year, the District will make numerous infrastructure improvements to further enhance ALS coverage for residents of St. Charles County, including a new ambulance station west of Hwy. 64 south of Wentzville, and a reconfiguration of ALS units in O’Fallon.

SCCAD is one of the largest and busiest EMS agencies in the State of Missouri, covering 592 square miles and serving a population of approximately 370,000.  In 2015, District Paramedics responded to more than 35,000 calls for service.

Upcoming Lifesaver CPR Training Opportunities

St. Charles County Ambulance District Paramedics will be offering Lifesaver CPR training opportunities in several locations in the upcoming months.  Below, you’ll find a list of where we’ll be.  These events are open to all ages – even if younger residents don’t have the strength to perform the chest compressions, they can still benefit from the knowledge!

Baby Kid Expo

Saturday, May 7; 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

St. Charles Convention Center

Perfect for parents, grandparents, babysitters and others, we’ll be teaching child and infant CPR, which differs slightly from CPR for adults.  No registration necessary, just stop in when convenient!

CHOMP Food Truck, Music & Film Fest

Saturday, May 21; 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

St. Charles Community College

Join us anytime between noon and 7 p.m. on May 21 at the Cottleville Weldon Spring Chamber of Commerce’s CHOMP event – we’ll have the adult manikins out and ready for you to practice.

St. Charles City-County Library District Branches

On the following dates, we’ll be partnering with St. Charles City-County Library District to offer adult Lifesaver CPR Training Sessions.  Registration is appreciated (but not required) for these sessions.  To sign up, please log on to their website, www.youranswerplace.org, find the event you’d like to attend in the event calendar, then sign up using your library card.

Friday, May 13; South County Branch, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Tuesday, June 7; North County Branch, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday, June 22; McClay Branch, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Wednesday, June 29; Middendorf-Kredel Branch, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 23; Kisker Road Branch, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Thursday, July 28; Spencer Road Branch, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Thursday, August 11; Kathryn Linneman Branch, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Paramedics McCarthy, Goldstein Honored by Chamber

Staring into the empty refrigerator and sparse pantry of a patient earlier this year, Paramedics Sarah McCarthy and Dave Goldstein knew the call they were on would be a little different than the norm.  Their actions afterward earned them high marks not only in the eyes of their patient, but also from the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce, which awarded them the 2015 Recognition of Service Excellence Award.

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SCCAD Earns Top Credit Rating

St. Charles County Ambulance District has received a triple-A rating, the highest rating possible, from Moody’s Investors Service.

The District applied for a bond rating from Moody’s Investors Service, a leading global credit rating, research and risk analysis firm, in connection with a proposed bond refunding. The District received a rating upgrade from “Aa1” to “Aaa”. The bond refunding is expected to save the District approximately $200,000. Continue reading