March 5, 2018
Called to order at 1832.
Members present: Stacy, Traci, Jonelle, Diana, Natalie, Brad, John, TJ, Pete, Kim, Connie, Jeri, and Kelly along with Board Members Barb and Jim.
Minutes of previous meeting approved.
Intro of Guests: n/a
Last Month’s Training: Cancelled
MT State license renewals are due 3/31/18. Members in good standing can have renewal fees paid for or reimbursed by the Board. Please print renewals and give a copy to TJ so he can keep in your file.
Door Code has been changed, please check with Stacy if you were not present at meeting to get the new code.
Positions and Roles: Job descriptions will be written up and emailed to all members for review and will be discussed at the next business meeting.
Chief/Asst. Chief’s Report
Fire/EMS IC Protocols (Clarkston): For all Stage for LE calls in Clarkston we are to stage at Clarkston Fire Station. Please remember Fire/IC is in control of these scenes and we need to follow their protocols and check in with them when arriving on scene. Communication should be on assigned GTAC channel unless otherwise specified.
Clarkston Fire now has their own transporting ambulance. We have reached an agreement effective immediately for all Clarkston transports. Clarkston Fire will provide transport if they have the manpower to do so. We will still be getting paged to all their calls because they cannot guarantee a transport crew at all times. Clarkston Fire will contact us on Fire W if they do not need us to respond. We can still rendezvous with them and ride in with their crew, etc. All Three Forks Ambulance members are welcome to ride along on their transports if desired. Clarkston’s ambulance number is 15A5, and they are licensed to perform up to the AEMT level.
CAD Report: Paging should be fixed, fingers crossed with AMR auto pages for C, D, E calls unless auto wrecks which will be D and E calls only. Please check with dispatch for which AMR unit is responding.
New Equipment: VFW of Three Forks has generously offered to buy the Ambulance Service a new stair chair and iPad. We greatly appreciate their support. Both items will be placed in service once received.
Incentive points: Stacy has all pts earned as of Aug 2017 as of now and will continue working on these figures until caught up. Current values are 10pts for all trainings, business meetings, responding on scene and monthly assignments, and 20 pts for transports. Trainings and business meetings need to be reported on Image Trend to help keep track of everyone’s attendance.
Training (TJ): EMT class is in full swing. We had a great turnout, 16 new students. If you would like to help with classes or teach certain topics, let TJ know. Don’t be surprised if you see a student or two on ride alongs. Students can help and take notes, but cannot replace a licensed member. EMT classes are Tues and Thurs eves from 1800 to 2200 and Sat Mar 31 from 0800 to 1600. All members are welcome and encouraged to participate. TJ will be emailing a list of all state trainings going on to all members and listing on calendar, if anyone is interested in attending them. TJ passed out a 2018 TFAA Training Calendar to all in attendance listing the topics scheduled for each month. Please let him know if you need one. We have the HS Rodeo coming up on Apr 28/29 and the TF Rodeo July 13th and 14th. Murdoch’s will be holding the Shooting Expo at the Logan Gun Range on June 23rd, and will have a private evening on June 22nd for all volunteers to shoot before the public event and will be providing dinner.
Maintenance (Pete): Amb 1 is back and needs to be restocked before inspection is scheduled. If you can lend a hand in getting this done this Sat 3/10 at 1300, please come down to the station. Title for Amb 3 has been received and we should be getting a new plate for it. Pete has asked if you grab an extra cot battery when going on a call to please put it in the back of the Ambulance, one was placed in the front seat and fell off going around a corner. Concern is something could have been damaged or someone hurt if it hit them. Batteries have been an issue, specifically the DeWalt batteries. Discussed replacing with Stryker batteries even though they cost a lot more to prevent the cot losing power and someone getting hurt lifting the cot the old-fashioned way into the ambulance on a call.
Supplies: All items on list were sent to David for ordering incl. LUCAS suction cup replacement, EKG paper, BVM, electrodes, etc. Discussed switching electrodes from large packs to smaller packs to hopefully prevent them from drying out. When large pack was opened, the expiration date got ripped off bag. If this happens, please write the Exp date on bag with Sharpie. Discussed ordering color coded OPA’s that come in a case to get rid of individual pieces in sandwich baggies and make easier to find.
Safety (John): Discussed ergonomics and lifting techniques to try and prevent injuries. When cot has Patient, LUCAS, Lifepak, etc on it the cot gets very heavy… then mix that with ice, loading on a hill, etc. it makes a recipe for disaster. Please exercise extreme caution, we can’t afford to have anyone get hurt. Don’t get going to fast on calls and forget the basics or overlook safety.
Inventory: Amb 1 Connie, Amb 2 Brad, Amb 3 Traci. Please check all expiration dates, especially the blood tubes, a large number of them just expired at the clinic and we might have ones from that batch.
Defib Checks: **5th John, 12th Pete, 19th Kim and 26th Jonelle.
Run Reviews: we opted to demonstrate setting up business meeting on Image Trend and got everyone in attendance signed up on there. Please let Stacy know if you aren’t signed up yet.
Next Business Meeting April 2nd. Keep an eye out for Policy reviews on your email. We will be discussing at the next meeting.