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September 10, 2019 - 2019 Maine EMS Protocol education and train-the trainer dates have been annunced. Please review the protocols prior to the course (and consider downloaded the pdf file to your laptop/tablet/smart-phone for reference during the course. (NOTE: The Maine EMS app on smart phones will not be updated until midnight on November 30, 2019 to prevent clinical care conflicts prior to the changeover on December 1). Additional rollouts will occur regionally and at the Midcoast EMS conference at the Samoset Resort in November. Info will be posted as available.
September 17, 6:00 pm, Dean Auditorium, MGMC Thayer, Waterville
September 25, 1:00 pm. Westbrook Central Fire Station, Westbrook
September 27th, Presque Isle, 12:00 pm, Northern Maine Community College, Edmunds Conference Room
October 9, Lewiston, 3:00 pm, Central Maine Community College, 12 High St, entrance, Conference Room A/B/C (Lower level)
October 10, Rockport, 5:00 pm, PenBay Medical Office Building, Conference Room C
October 17, 1:00 pm, Bangor, Eastern Maine Community College, Room TBD
September 10, 2019 - Maine EMS would like to share an operational bulletin about a recent near-miss with medication exchange. The bulletin can be read here.
September 6, 2019 - Based on some board of EMS changes and technical/layout changes, the most recent copy of the Maine EMS Rules Proposal is located here (PDF). Dates/times/locations will soon be announced for hearings in every region to allow public and stakeholder comments.
September 6, 2019 - Maine EMS has an opening for a Data and Preparedness Coordinator. The announcement and details can be viewed here (PDF).
September 4, 2019 - On behalf of his family, please find the arrangements for Paramedic John Whittier's funeral and celebration of life here. Please keep his family, friends and EMS community in your thoughts during this difficult time. John's obituary is found here.
September 3, 2019 - Maine EMS has an opening for a licensing agent.The announcement and details can be viewed by clicking here. The closing date is September 13, 2019.
August 16, 2019 - A final draft of the December 1, 2019 Maine EMS protocols can be found here. These are for review only and NOT in effect yet. There will be online and in-person education, along with smart phone apps released later this fall. Any questions can be directed to Chris Azevedo, who will bring forward to the MDPB. (Updated 9/13/19).
August 12, 2019 - Maine EMS is pleased to share the 2018 Data Report of all EMS responses from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018. The data report pdf can be downloaded here. It is a large file.
August 9, 2019 - The Maine EMS-C Pediatric Data Report for Quarter 2 of 2019 is now available and can be downloaded here.
August 2, 2019 - Please take note of this clinical advisory bulletin from Maine EMS regarding nasopharygeal airways. View the pdf here.
July 19, 2019 - Westrbook Fire Department is offerring a free course on Devloping Resilience in the face of constant stress. Offerred to Police officers, firefighters, EMS personnel and department chaplains. The course will be August 7 from 8am-5pm. Please click here for information to register.
July 8, 2019 - The National Association of State Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Officials (NASEMSO) has released the Pediatric Transport Products for Ground Ambulances, Version 2. The document is a resource for EMS providers to determine existing options for securing infants and children who are transported by ambulance. It is not an endorsement for any product, and can be found on our website here.
July 1, 2019 - The Maine State EMS offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5 in recogntion of Independence Day. Happy 4th to all.
June 27, 2019 - The proposed Maine EMS Rules changes document is now available for public review. In the coming months, the Board of EMS will be conducting public hearings and accepting testimony regarding many changes to the EMS Rules. An advance PDF copy of the proposed rules is available here. Once the hearing dates, times and locations have been established, that information will be posted to our website, Facebook page, shared with regional EMS offices, and shared via our new email notification platform (Sign up here!).
June 27, 2019 - Maine EMS is announcing rulemaking hearings on July 11, 2019 regarding the Community Paramedicine Rules changes. These hearings are for the chapter regarding community paramedicine only, and future hearings will be scheduled and held regarding the larger package of EMS rules changes. Information and location of the hearings can be found here. A PDF copy of Chapter 19 - Community Paramedicine can be downloaded here.
June 26, 2019 - MEMSEd will be down for a few days as the Muskie School conducts testing and platform implementation of the new and improved resource. Stay tuned for more info and updates coming soon!
June 24, 2019 - You can now sign up for Email notifications from Maine EMS. Pick the topics you are interested in and opt in or out anytime. Click here to sign up!
June 19, 2019 - Maine EMS is announcing rulemaking hearings on July 11, 2019 regarding the Community Paramedicine Rules changes. These hearings are for the chapter regarding community paramedicine only, and future hearings will be scheduled and held regarding the larger package of EMS rules changes. Information and location of the hearings can be found here.
June 19, 2019 - The new Maine EMS Comprehensive Airway Review Program can be found under "publications and Forms" under the Specialty Program Category. A direct link is here. The introductory White Paper is here.
June 11, 2019 - Maine EMS has released an updated information sheet on pediatric endotracheal tubes specified for Maine licensed EMS services. This can be read here (PDF).
May 30, 2019 - Maine EMS is issuing an advisory notice about a recent oxygen regulator failure. Read the information here (PDF).
May 24, 2019 - There is a program on Group Crisis Intervention Training being offerred at the New Gloucester Fire Department on June 27 & 28 from 0800-1630 each day. Flyer and registration information can be found here (PDF).
May 20, 2019 - Jay Bradshaw has been appointed the Interim Director for Maine EMS while a job search is underway. He can be reached via email and at 207-626-3865. A link to the job posting can be found here (PDF).
May 9, 2019 - New mild TBI guidlines and sample order sets for hospitals and transfers has been published by the Maine EMS Trauma Advisory Committee. They can be viewed on the TAC Resource page located here (PDF).
May 9, 2019 - There will be an emergency Maine EMS Board Meeting May 10, 2019 at 0930. A scheduled executive sesssion wil take place regarding an interim Maine EMS director. Agenda is located here (PDF).
April 22, 2019 - Please read this notice regarding potential vape pens and e-cigarettes and the possible risk of fire and/or exposion.
April 17. 2019 - Maine EMS has an opening for an Office Associate II. The application period is open through May 1, 2019, and specific details and application processes can be found here.
April 16, 2019 - The monthly Maine EMS-C Newsletter is now avaialble! Cick here for a copy.
April 16, 2019 - The Maine EMS QI Committee has released a new quarterly newsletter/ This inagural issue includes extensive data on naloxone use in Maine. The newsletter can be viewed here, and the same newsletter with an appendix for service leaders to run the same reports for their specific agency is located here.
April 16, 2019 - Gray Fire/Rescue is hosting a free course on "Responding to Non-Fatal Strangulation for First Responders" on Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 0800-1200. Click here for the flyer and registration information.
April 10, 2019 - NHSTA has released the 2019 National EMS Scope of Practice Model that supports a system of EMS personnel licensure that is common in other allied health professions and is a guide for States in developing their Scope of Practice legislation, rules, and regulation. View/download the guide here.
April 8, 2019 - Maine EMS-C has published a report on all pediatric responses by Maine EMS providers for the first quarter of 2019. The report can be found here.
March 28, 2019 - A day long conference on Stress and Suicide Prevention Skills for First Responders in Cumberland County is being held on May 11, 2019 from 8am - 3pm at the Gray-New Gloucester High School. This program is free of charge and CEHs are available. For info and registration, click here.
March 27, 2019 - (UPDATED INFO) Hot Topics in Cardiac Resusciatation - Attend one of the premier conferences in cardiac resusciatation right next door on May 30 and 31. $25 registration fee for 2 days of speakers, including the medical director for King County's Resuscitation Academy, the incoming president of NAEMSP, and the principal investigator of the Resusciatation Outcomes Consortium. This course is part of the developing Northern New England Resusciatatio Academy, a partnership between Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Click here for the brochure. Click here for registration link.
March 25, 2019 - Maine State Legislative Bill updates and summaries that impact EMS can be found here. Thanks to the Maine Ambulance Association for their continuing efforts at organizing the many legislative processes.
March 21, 2019 - APEMS is offerring a variety of courses in the coming months. Click on the name to view the flyer and registration information.
- ACLS Recertification
- ACLS Full Course
- ACLS for Experienced Providers
- PALS Recertification
- PALS Full Course
- PEARS Ful Course
March 21, 2019 - A 2 day CISM training will be held at Cape Elizabeth Fire Department on May 16 and 17 from 0800-1630 each day. Click here for more information.
March 15, 2019 - The March EMS for Children Newsletter is available here.
March 14. 2019 - Trauma Across the Spectrum - Learn from some of the best in trauma care in Maine. This conference is on Friday April 26, 2019 and begins at 8 am atMaine Medical Center. Click here for the brochure & registration form.
March 5, 2019 - There are a variety of Maine Legislative Bills that could affect EMS. Download a summary sheet and links to each of the bills here.
March 1, 2019 - There will be a Mental Health/PTSD and the First Responder Symposium & Dinner held at Eastern Maine Community College on May 7. 2019. Click here for the flyer and more information.
February 26, 2019 - The State of Maine has issued an RFP for each of the six EMS regions for EMS Regional Coordination. The document is here, and the link to the website (RFP # 201902028) is here. A letter of intent (Appendix F in the document) MUST be submitted by March 1, 2019 to Shaun St. Germain. This may be emailed to email@example.com. Any questions, please email Director St. Germain or call 207-626-3860.
February 14, 2019 - EMS Week (May 20 - 24) is fast approaching! Who is that person who goes above and beyond during EMS calls, training, and leadership? Why not recognize them by nominating that person for an EMS Award! Submit a nomination here.
February 5, 2019 - 11th Annual Maine Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference April 23, 2019, Augusta. Schedule & Registration
February 5, 2019 - Atlantic Partners EMS is accepting proposals for the 39th annual EMS Conference at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, ME, November 6-10, 2019. Click here to submit a proposal.
January 31, 2019 - NHTSA releases EMS Agenda 2050
December 29, 2018 - Maine EMS Position Statement on Evidentiary Blood Draws