November Member of the Month


Todd Plunkett, Chief

I began my career in 1989 as an EMT while attending high school. I have been with the department since 1993 as a volunteer, career EMT and Paramedic, EMS Lieutenant, Assistant Chief, and currently the Chief of the Department since 2015. As Chief of Baldwin Emergency Medical Service I work with 37 career EMS professionals who provide 24/7 ALS/BLS and Medically Directed Rescue Services to the communities of Baldwin Borough, Pleasant Hills Borough, West Mifflin Borough, and Whitaker Borough in the South Hills of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. I have a BS from Point Park University in Public Administration and EMS.

In 2002 I was selected as a member of the Pennsylvania Urban Search and Rescue Team as a rescue specialist and continue today in that position. I am also the Asst. Chief of a multi- departmental/multi-jurisdictional technical rescue team that serves over 300,000 residents in the Pittsburgh/Allegheny County Area. (SHACOG TRT)

EMS agency name
Baldwin Emergency Medical Service
Agency location/area served (City/State)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Service type: (Municipal, Private, Hospital, Volunteer
Third Service, Non Profit EMS
Number of staff:
# EMT’s 18 # Paramedics 19 # Support staff

Annual call volume statistics

  • 911 responses--9800
  • 911 transports--7500
  • ALS percentage of transports--80%
  • BLS percentage of transports--20%
  • Non-emergency transports (if applicable)
  • Population of coverage area-66,000
  • Square mileage of coverage area---25 square miles

Ambulance Fleet information

  • Number of ALS ambulances--7
  • Number of supervisory units--3
  • Specialty units/resources--4
  • Other: 1 Technical Heavy Rescue, 1 Mass Casualty Unit, 1 Side By Side ATV/Special Event Gator We provide technical rescue in the areas of swift water, trench, confined space, high and low angle rescue.

Agency challenges:
Recruitment/Retention and reimbursements are the two biggest challenges affecting our organization. The response to the ever changing environment of the mobile shooter has challenged us financially and in policy areas.

Special projects/other:
We currently have an aggressive community outreach program and education. CPR/AED Programs, Stop the Bleed Programs, Stranger Danger, and Holiday Safety programs are delivered on a regular basis.

October 2016 Member of the month


Benjamin Stone EMS Division Chief.

Benjamin Stone is a Chief Fire Officer, and Chief EMS Officer as designated by the Center for Public Safety Excellence, he is also a Paramedic with an educational background in Fire Service Leadership and Domestic Preparedness. Ben has worked in fire and EMS for over 15 years of which 13 have been with Los Alamos, the last three years serving as the EMS Division Chief.

Ben was named the 2016 IAEMC/Intermedex Harvard EMS Fellow, attending the John F. Kennedy School of Government; State and Local Government program in June.

Los Alamos is the third largest career fire department in the state of New Mexico. The department provides a multi-disciplined, multi-dimensional mission of fire, rescue, EMS, Wildland and public education to a diverse community.

Included in the services that LAFD provides is the contracted protection of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, a large research and development campus. Activities at the laboratory include dynamic research in the fields of radiological, chemical, and biological agents. To fulfill the requirements placed by the Department of Energy to protect a Nuclear research facility LAFD staff’s 5 stations, with a total of 150 employees.

LAFD operates under a contract with the
EMS agency name
Los Alamos County Fire Department
Agency location/area served (City/State)
Los Alamos County New Mexico
Service type: (Municipal, Private, Hospital, Volunteer
Paid fire based EMS
Number of staff: EMT/ AEMT’s: 72 Paramedics: 48 Support staff: 3

Annual call volume statistics

  • 911 responses-EMS- 1314 Department- 1541
  • 911 transports- 1346
  • ALS percentage of transports- 89%
  • BLS percentage of transports- 20%
  • Non-emergency transports (if applicable) 1%

  • Population of coverage area 12,019 county residents (Night)- 10,500 LANL employees (additional population during the day)
  • Square mileage of coverage area- county is 109 square miles

Ambulance Fleet information

  • Number of BLS ambulances: We have 6 crossed staffed (ALS/BLS) ambulances running from 5 ALS stations.
  • Number of ALS ambulances NA
  • Number of supervisory units 1
  • Specialty units/resources MCI trailer, ALS heavy rescue.

Other projects:

  • LAFD is in the early stages of developing a mobile integrated health program. Current programs include a fall prevention program, Community CPR and the Heart Safe Community project.

Challenges:

  • Nearest level one trauma or stroke center is 110 miles away by ground.
  • Nearest cardiac catheterization lab is 55 miles.

Special projects:

  • Working towards holding a Resuscitation Academy in January 2017

August 2016 Member of the Month

IAEMSC member name : Ezekiel Peters, Deputy Chief Paramedic
EMS agency name: Clear Creek EMS
Agency location/area served: Clear Creek County, Colorado
Service type: County Third Service
Number of staff: EMT’s 11 Paramedics 21, Support staff: 1

Annual call volume statistics:
911 responses: 1,514
911 transports: 856

  • Population of coverage area: 6,900 residents; greater than 11.4 million vehicle trips transiting county annually on Interstate 70, each with approximately 2.4 occupants
  • Square mileage of coverage area: 350

Ambulance Fleet information

  • Number of BLS ambulances: 0
  • Number of ALS ambulances: 5 paramedic-level equipped (2 deployed from stations on 48/96 schedule; additional 1-2 dynamically deployed for peak hours)
  • Number of supervisory units: 3 rescue trucks, primarily used by 2 chiefs (3 shift captains provide field supervision from ambulances)
  • Specialty units/resources: 1 Regional disaster trailer, 1 Mule for special events

Overview:

Ezekiel Peters is a licensed attorney and paramedic with an academic background in public health and environmental policy. For over 25 years, he has worked in Emergency Medical Services in both urban and rural systems, as a responder and leader, with an emphasis on resilience-building activities. Prior to joining Clear Creek EMS three years ago, Peters managed the University of Colorado Natural Hazards Center's national information clearinghouse.

He continues to work on initiatives to make academic knowledge more useful and accessible to practitioners and to improve information exchange across hazards disciplines.

Clear Creek is a rural county on the Interstate 70 mountain corridor from about 20 miles west of Denver to the Continental Divide. Clear Creek EMS serves the municipalities of Idaho Springs, Empire, Georgetown, and Silver Plume and the unincorporated areas of the County in an Emergency Services District, and is essentially the only healthcare provider in those areas. In addition to being a thoroughfare to the Western Slope, the service area includes four peaks with greater than 14,000 feet elevation, four major mountain passes, two ski areas, Clear Creek, and extensive U.S. Forest Service Wilderness. Clear Creek EMS co-responds primarily with the Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office, the Idaho Springs and Georgetown Police, the volunteer Clear Creek Fire Authority, and the volunteer Alpine Rescue Team.

Clear Creek County is part of the Denver Urban Area Security Initiative and Colorado North Central All-Hazards (Homeland Security Grant) Region, and Clear Creek EMS is heavily involved in regional health and disaster resilience planning and projects. To operate in its mountain environment, Clear Creek EMS is an active stakeholder in a new regional simulcast analog VHF radio system (overlaying the statewide 800 MHz trunked system) and routinely deploys several technical rescue capabilities, including rope, swiftwater, backcounty, and avalanche response. Because of the diversity of calls and a minimum 20-mile transport to the closest hospital, Clear Creek EMS's average call duration is 2.5 hours (from dispatch to back in county).

Clear Creek EMS has seen a 21 percent increase in call volume this year-to-date compared to 2014 and 2015, our two busiest years on record. While the increase is apparently from increased outdoor tourism, it is happening in a county with an aging population facing a projected 70 percent decrease in tax revenue over the next five years due to declines in molybdenum mining. Clear Creek EMS is currently a general-fund County agency under a fully integrated Health and Human Services Division. However, this November, voters will decide a ballot initiative to transition the agency into an independent health services district, an independent government with its own taxing authority.

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