“Park. Look. Lock.” Help Prevent Hot Car Deaths

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that the majority of hot car deaths — 54% — happen because someone forgets a child in a car.

Help prevent deaths, “Park. Look. Lock.” Always check the back seat when getting out of a vehicle, always lock an unattended vehicle and never leave a child alone in a car, even for a minute.

Remember: Kids and hot cars can be a deadly combination. Don’t take the chance. Always look in the front and back of the vehicle before locking the door and walking away. Help spread the word on social media, #HeatstrokeKills #CheckforBaby.

Keep kids safe. Look before you lock. See how fast a car heats up: https://youtu.be/639NwftNHAk.

For more tips on preventing hot car deaths, visit: www.nhtsa.gov/child-safety/help-prevent-hot-car-deaths.

Traffic Incident Management Award Submit Your Nomination Today!

Submit you nomination today! The Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Award  has been established in an effort to recognize those persons advocating for the issues surrounding Traffic Incident Management. Nominations for the TIM Award is open to any person, agency, jurisdiction or company involved in Traffic Incident Management.

All nominations must be completed and returned by close of business, August 3, 2020, to Frank Cheatham with the Virginia Office of EMS. Forms can be mailed to his attention at 1041 Technology Park Drive, Glen Allen, VA, 23059 or emailed to frank.cheatham@vdh.virginia.gov. A committee of representatives within the field of Traffic Incident Management will review the forms and make their selections. The award recipient will be recognized in conjunction with the Governor’s EMS Awards.

Submit your nomination today!

Traffic Incident Management Nomination Form

Think Before You Drink

Think Before You Drink. This month’s Health and Safety Bulletin focuses on the dangers of excessive drinking. Excessive alcohol consumption is the third leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States. Women should not exceed one drink per day and men no more than two drinks per day. Pregnant women and people under the age of 21 should never dink alcohol. People who do not drink alcohol should not start drinking for any reason.

Excessive drinking is associated with numerous health, relational and occupational problems and can lead to an alcohol use disorder.

If you or someone you know is struggling, there is free and confidential help available 24/7 specifically for emergency responders:

Fire/EMS Helpline: 1-888-731-FIRE (3473). The Fire/EMS Helpline was created for first responders by members of the fire service. This program is specifically designed to meet the unique needs of firefighters, EMTs, rescue personnel and their families.

Emergency Responder Crisis Text Line: Text “BADGE” to 741741. The Emergency Responder Crisis Text Line is a global not-for-profit organization providing free confidential crisis intervention via SMS message.

NASEMSO Now Recruiting EMS Agencies to Participate in Fatigue Study

EMS agencies are encouraged to participate in a national study regarding EMS fatigue. This important and collaborative initiative is being coordinated by the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) and the University of Pittsburgh.

This federally-funded study will determine the impact of a Sleep Health and Fatigue Education Program designed specially for EMS clinician shift workers. To learn more, visit this link. Click on the “More Information for Agencies” link at the bottom of the webpage for a brief video flyer. To read the EMS Sleep Health Study/ EMS Agency Research Study Flyer, click here.

If your EMS agency is interested in participating, please contact the Principal Investigator Daniel Patterson, PhD, NRP at pdp3@pitt.edu.

Hurricane Season Starts June 1

With our focus on COVID-19 response, it is easy to lose track of the fact that today, June 1st, is the start of the 2020 hurricane season. Hurricane season runs June 1 through November 30 each year. With predictions of an above average hurricane season, it is important to review your emergency plan and preparedness kits to be sure you are ready to respond in a hurricane. Many of you and your agencies/jurisdictions already have hurricane response plans in place. However, with the ongoing response to COVID-19 it is important for everyone to review their agency and family preparedness plans to consider the impact the pandemic may have if a hurricane were to make landfall.

On May 20, 2020, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released, “COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season.” The guidance provides information on issues specifically related to hurricane planning and response during COVID-19. We will continue to provide updates throughout the hurricane season using social media and our website.