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Chester County EMS Message Center

Leadership Awards and Scholarships Available for Emergency Responders

The Yvorra Leadership Development Foundation (YLD) is currently accepting applications for its 2017 Leadership Awards and Scholarships. The awards are in memory of Deputy Fire Chief James G. Yvorra, Emergency Medical Technician Donald E. Sellers, and Chief John M. Eversole. The program is open to members of Emergency Services organizations such as Fire & Rescue Departments, Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Management Agencies, Homeland Security, and members of the U.S. active duty military, and National Guard who have an emergency preparedness and response job description; e.g. firefighter, medic, disaster preparedness, etc. Annual awards are approximately $2,500 each. Special awards of greater value may be issued for leadership development related projects proposed by individuals or groups. Since 1989, YLD has awarded $148,000 to over 93 award recipients. To request an application go to http://www.yld.org and click on "Application". The deadline for applications is October 30, 2017 and awards are made before January 1, 2018.

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Message from Deputy Secretary Raphael Barishansky in reference to self dispatching/deployment to Texas

Sent on behalf of Deputy Secretary Raphael Barishansky, Acting Bureau Director Pennsylvania Department of Health Bureau of EMS While our thoughts are with those who are experiencing the effects of Hurricane Harvey, the Bureau asks that agencies and providers not self-deploy or self-dispatch to the impacted areas. Self-deploying or self-dispatching has the potential to create unnecessary problems for not only the responders/agency but also for the citizens of Texas. If a formal request is received by the Department of Health through the appropriate channels, please rest assured that the Commonwealth’s EMS system will assist the State of Texas as appropriate. Should you or your agency wish to help please see: http://www.iaem.com/documents/FEMA-Private-Sector-Advisory-How-to-Help-Disaster-Survivors-in-Texas-29Aug2017.pdf The Department of Health thanks you for your dedication not only to the citizens of Pennsylvania but to those of other states impacted by the disaster.

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IAB Recommendations on Selection and Use of PPE and Decontamination Products for First Repsponders Against Exposure Hazards to Syntheric Opioids

Please find attached a newly adopted IAB publication, Recommendations on Selection and Use of Personal Protective Equipment and Decontamination Products for First Responders Against Exposure Hazards to Synthetic Opioids, Including Fentanyl and Fentanyl Analogues. This document establishes guidance for personal protective equipment selection and use, decontamination, detection, and medical countermeasures for first responders who may be exposed to opioids in the course of their occupational activities. This paper has been uploaded to the IAB public website (link below). The Program Office will distribute this paper via our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn) and outreach distribution list in the coming days. These documents are considered public and may be distributed as you see fit. Recommendations on Selection and Use of Personal Protective Equipment and Decontamination Products for First Responders Against Exposure Hazards to Synthetic Opioids, Including Fentanyl and Fentanyl Analogues https://www.interagencyboard.org/sites/default/files/publications/IAB%20First%20Responder%20PPE%20and%20Decontamination%20Recommendations%20for%20Fentanyl.pdf Please let me know if you have any questions! Thank you, IAB Program Office Steve Carroll Battelle The InterAgency Board (IAB) Program Office 1550 Crystal Drive, Suite 601 | Arlington, VA 22202 Office Phone: 703.413.7281 www.interagencyboard.org

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Free Pipeline Awaren and Emergency Response Sessions

Sunoco Pipeline L.P. and other pipeline operators in Pennsylvania are sponsoring free pipeline awareness and emergency response sessions for all officials and emergency responders in Chester & Delaware counties. All local officials, police, fire, EMS, EMA, and other responders are encouraged to attend. Each session includes a free dinner and reviews safe response procedures for pipeline incidents. The sessions start at 5:30 P.M. and conclude by 8:00 P.M. While the session specific to Chester & Delaware counties will be on 8/21, please attend the session most convenient for you and post/share with others in your organization: 8/21 Kings Mills 6000 Pennell Rd. Media 8/22 Crowne Plaza Reading 1741 Paper Mill Rd. Wyomissing 8/23 Holiday Inn Lansdale 1750 Sumneytown Pike Kulpsville 8/24 Iron Lakes Country Club 3625 Shankweiler Rd. Allentown 8/28 Genetti Ballrooms 1345 N. Church St. Hazleton 8/31 Wysox Volunteer Fire Company 111 Lake Rd. Wysox 9/12 Holiday Inn 100 Pine St. Williamsport 9/13 Farm & Home Center 1383 Arcadia Rd. Lancaster 9/14 Red Lion Hotel Harrisburg Hershey 4751 Lindle Rd. Harrisburg 9/20 Lewistown Country Club 306 Country Club Rd. Lewistown 9/27 Jaffa Shrine Center 2200 Broad Ave. Altoona 10/2 Ramada Greensburg Hotel & Conference Center 100 Ramada Inn Dr. Greensburg 10/3 Rustic Lodge 2199 Oakland Ave. Indiana 10/10 First Alliance Church 111 Mission Meade Dr. New Castle 10/11 Embassy Suites by Hilton 550 Cherrington Pkwy. Coraopolis 10/12 DoubleTree by Hilton 340 Racetrack Rd. Washington To RSVP, contact the organizer/presenter of the meetings: Paradigm Liaison Services at http://pa.pipeline-awareness.com/meeting_schedule or by calling 1-877-477-1162. Sunoco Pipeline is sponsoring the meetings above; consult the meeting schedule link at Paradigm’s website for a listing of additional meetings throughout Pennsylvania. For more information on Sunoco’s pipelines in your area, please contact me. Regards, Kevin Docherty Manager - Public Awareness Energy Transfer Partners

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Newly Released Guidance on Preventing Fentanyl Exposure Among First Responders

PADoH has issued the attached Health Advisory in regards to the American College of Medical Toxicologists recently released position paper on "preventing occupational fentanyl and fentanyl analog exposure to emergency responders."

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American College of Medical Toxicology and the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology Position Statement: Preventing Occupational Fenatnyl and Fentanyl Analog Exposure to Emergency Responders

Please see the attached position statement from the American College of Medical Toxicology and the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology on Preventing Occupational Fenatnyl and Fentanyl Analog Exposure to Emergency Responders

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Updates from PADoH on Protocols, Medication and Scope of Practice and Required Equipment List

All agencies must use the 2017 version of the Protocols by 9/1/17, but agencies may begin using them as soon as the agency medical director authorizes and verifies that the agency’s staff have all been through the applicable update(s). http://www.health.pa.gov/My%20Health/Emergency%20Medical%20Services/EMS%20Statewide%20Protocol/Pages/default.aspx#.WWPQ7KHD-JB / the protocol update CE courses are all loaded on PA TRAIN, as are the BLS glucometer course and the ALS Ketamine course. The Medication and Scope of Practice information was effective 6/10/17. http://www.pabulletin.com/secure/data/vol47/47-23/965.html / http://www.pabulletin.com/secure/data/vol47/47-23/964.html The Required Equipment List was published 6/17/17 and will be enforced effective 9/1/17. http://www.pabulletin.com/secure/data/vol47/47-24/1007.html

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Fentanyl Guide for Emergency Services

Please see that attached Fentanyl Guide for Fire and EMS released by the US Department of Justice / Drug Enforcement Agency.

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PA EMS Information Bulletin 2017-08

Please see the attached bulleting from PADOH in reference to WannaCry ransomeware cyber attack

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Harris Online Training

Chester County DES is finalizing the process of creating user accounts for each Fire/EMS agency in the County for the Harris Technical University. This account will allow each responder agency access to custom online interactive training for your Harris Radio equipment. Each account needs to be associated with an email account, and DES is asking that you verify the email address on the attached document contains the correct email account to be used for your agency. If you wish to change the contact email for this purpose please send corrections to breinert@chesco.org by April 14th, 2017.

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Who to Call - DES Staff Directory

Please see the attached letter from Director Kagel and Who to Call - Chester County Department of Emergency Services Staff Directory

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EMS Bulletin Issued

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Battery Care and CC Scan Documents

The attached documents provide information for Battery Care and CC Scan for the new Harris Radio system.

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Recent News from the Gallery

Jul 14, 2017

2017 Chester County EMS Council, Inc. Awards Ceremony

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