Update 10/19/15

October 19th, 2015

Hey everyone!

I hope you are all doing well and not going crazy from the stress of exams. There are quite a few things to talk about in this update, but I'll try to be short.

  1. Officer Reviews will be coming up soon. These are performed in a type of online survey where you will be asked to comment on the performance of the five officers, and the board as a whole. Keep an eye out for an email from Alli Morgan, who will be conducting the reviews. 

  2. ID Badges for all members with a 900 number are available at the card office, so for those who haven't gotten them, please do!

  3. The AOD policy and SOP rewrite are still in progress. You should have all received an update on that from Tom, but if you haven't and are curious, contact one of the officers.

  4. We have new Flycar check sheets in the office. If you are on crew and have time, ask your crew chief if you can do one. Its a great way to get to know the equipment and where it is located in the Flycar.

  5. We will have polo and job shirt orders at the next GBM (11/1). These are embroidered with you name on them and are quite nice to have. Prices will be included in another email from Becky.

  6. On the 30th we will have a Halloween get-together at the office. Possible activities include pumpkin carving and the consumption of various fall desserts.

  7. NECMSF Week will be held November 9th-15th. We typically host a number of activities and presentations to raise public health awareness and get involved in the community. We will have an email with details and sign-ups for events.

  8. Lastly, David Wolmark will be making dinner at the office on the 25th. So join us and have some tasty food.

That was actually much longer than I anticipated, but if you are still reading this I thank you. For new members who haven't received an email update, let me know so I can get you on the list.

As always, keep up with training and signing up for games/crews. Let the officers know if you have any questions/comments/concerns. 

- Ciera Williams, President

General Update

September 24th, 2015
Hello everyone!

I hope that this past month of classes has gone well and that you are all settling into the rhythm of school life. This is a large update, so try and read through it!
- First, if you haven't noticed, the office is being repainted currently! This is something that has been in the work for a while and is now a reality. Feel free to swing by and check it out. We hope that it will be finished by the alumni barbecue, which brings me to my next topic.
- Be on the lookout for an email from either me or our historian in the next few days. We will be having signups for stuff to bring to our barbecue. This year we have a good number of alumni who will be visiting us and we want to give them a great welcome back! So members will be expected to contribute an item to the barbecue (such as chips, drinks, dessert, etc.) if they decide to join us. 
- For those of you who applied, the CEC members have been announced. Check your emails if you haven't lately to find out if you are on the committee! 
- Elise and Jordan will be hosting a vehicle extrication class at the office, 92 College Ave, tomorrow (Friday, September 25) at 6:30pm. The class will be divided into two parts: the first will be a lecture on vehicle extrication and a discussion about extrication techniques, and the second will be drills relevant to the class, which will take place in Academy Lot. We will be providing food, so please sign up on the website if you plan on attending so that we can have an accurate head count. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask Elise or Jordan.
- On Sunday we will be having "Sundaes and Scenarios" at 2:00pm. We will enjoy some ice cream and go over some call scenarios (similar to those at NRB). This is a great way for those in the EMT class to apply the skills they've learned so far, as well as for others to practice the basics of scene management. 
- Our first hockey game will be next weekend, along with another football game, so sign up for those if you want to join!
Other than that, there isn't much else to share. As always, keep attending GBMs and officer meetings. Remember to sign up for night crews Saturdays at midnight. Spots typically fill up within 10-15 minutes, so be prompt! 
Let any of the officers know if you have any questions or concerns. 

Want to be an EMT?

July 29th, 2015
Hopefully everyone has had a wonderful summer and is ready for the fall semester at RPI. As we are about a month out, details regarding the Fall EMT-B Class have been released.

A class will be held by the Rensselaer County Ambulance and Rescue Association on-campus this fall:

Class for new EMTs 
Begins: Monday, August 31, 2015 
Schedule: Mondays & Wednesdays: 1830 - 2230
With some Saturdays – (Start at 0900)
Class for re-certifying existing EMTs 
Begins: Monday, August 31, 2015
Schedule: Mondays & Wednesdays: 1830 - 2230
With some Saturdays (Start at 0900)
If you are looking to get an original certification, please fill out the form labeled Fall 2015 EMT Original at RPI. If you are looking to re-certify, please fill out the form labeled Fall 2015 EMT Recert at RPI.
Send the respective form via email to lkane5@nycap.rr.com
For both forms, please use the name "RPI Ambulance" as your squad affiliation and "4130" as the NYS DOH Code. You are also asked to fill out NYS DOH Membership Verification Form #3312

If you are interested, please reach out to our captain, Thomas Manzini, at captain@rpiambulance.com. You will need his signature to complete this form.

This course is a $700 value, but made free to active members of a NYS ambulance agency such as RPI Ambulance. So sign up if you are interested!

As always, if you have any questions about RPI Ambulance, are interested in becoming a member, or are an existing member with other questions, please don't hesitate to ask us. Contact us via email at officers@rpiambulance.com

End-of-Year Update

June 1st, 2015
Hello everyone! I hope you are all settling into your summer rhythm, whether that be school, work, or simply enjoying the free-time. I have a few closing remarks for this year.

First of all, I would like to give a huge thanks to everyone for an amazing year! We had a total of 138 calls, including those from standby events. We gained quite a few new members this past year, and have gotten the majority of them through attendant training or more. We also gained roughly 10 EMTs, not including those who only recently took their state exam. I can only hope that we have such a good (if not even better) turnout this Fall. 
In regards to this Fall, we have a number of people volunteering at our NRB Day Trip. This event is on Wednesday, August 26th. Move-in for participants will be on the 24th and a small meeting will be held the night before the event. Becky is the main point of contact for this event, so if there are any questions, email/text/message her. 

I would also like to request that anybody who has photos from this year's events send them to Maggie at rpia.historian@gmail.com. We would like to have these photos available for years to come, so PLEASE send them!
Other than that, I have nothing else to share for the time being. Keep your eyes open over the coming months for any updates the officers might have. Feel free to contact any of the officers at officers@rpiambulance.com with questions/comments/concerns. And, of course, have a wonderful and relaxing summer break! I can't wait to see you all when we return in August!

Weekly Update May 10th - May 16th

May 14th, 2015
Hello everyone! Happy end-of-classes! I'm sure you are all excited that the end of the school year will soon be upon us. (I know I am!) We have a few last things coming up before we all say our goodbyes for the summer:
  • Sunday we have our last GBM of the semester in LOW 3039 at 1400 (2pm). Everybody who can should try to make it. I would love to see you there and listen to any last comments or requests before the summer.
  • Zack White will be giving a presentation after the GBM titled "Elder Abuse: Don't Be Obtuse!" If you can't make it to the meeting, please do try to come around 1500 to support him and learn something you might not have known before!
  • Sage Commencement is this Saturday at 0800! Harrison will be sending out an email with more details soon. If you have any last minute schedule changes or any questions, please direct those to him. 
  • As mentioned by Harrison at our Officer Board Meeting, we have the opportunity to raise some money for the agency by helping do some set-up and tear-down for an event next Thursday afternoon. If anyone can help and would like a break from studying, they're free to join. Please email Harrison ASAP if you are able to help out.
  • If you were at the banquet this past Sunday, you will be delighted to know that you will receive a $10 refund from Becky. She will be handing those back Sunday at the GBM so definitely come!
  • Finally, we have lots of ideas for next fall regarding training, recruitment, office repairs, and much more. If anyone has ideas, please contact me or any of the officers and share them. This especially goes for those who know they can't make it to the last GBM. We want your ideas!
I hope to see you all at the meeting Sunday! 

Weekly Update 10.27.14

October 27th, 2014
A few announcements for the week:
1.) Dr. Tom Welch will be presenting "Controversies in Wilderness Medicine" on Wednesday, October 29th at 4pm in LOW 4050.
In addition to his wilderness medicine expertise, Dr. Welch is a pediatrician and the director of Golisano Children's Hospital at Upstate Medical University. Even if you're not interested in wilderness medicine, Dr. Welch is a great resource in terms of medical school admissions advice. 
Dr. Welch will also be speaking about the Ebola outbreaks. He recently wrote this article:
2.) On Tuesday (10.28) at 7:30pm, we will be holding an open Officer Board Meeting in Union 2424. We will be going over the Officer Reviews and holding an open forum for any concerns or ideas you may have for moving forward.

3.) Thank you to Rafael Ramos and the members who completed the Officer Reviews. Your feedback is always appreciated, and if you are interested in discussing them further, contact Rafael or come to the Officer Board Meeting on 10.28.
4.) Our updated Constitution was approved by the Union Executive Board. Thank you for your comments regarding the rewrites. 

5.) Elections for Officer Positions will take place next GBM (11.4). In order to be eligable to vote, you must have attended one of the last two GBMs (10.21 or 10.7) or Officer Board Meetings. There is no obligation to run, and members can be nominated at the elections meeting. 

Descriptions of the duties of the officers can be found in the RPI Ambulance Constitution. The following members were nominated for the following positions:

  • Elise Romberger
  • Ciera Williams
  • Becky Martin
  • Tom Manzini
1st Lieutenant:
  • Jordan Williams
2nd Lieutenant:
  • Brittany Rupp
  • Becky Martin
  • Jordan Williams
  • Elise Romberger
Vice President:
  • David Sparkman
  • Zack White
  • Ciera Williams
  • Andreas Rebmann
  • Josh Correira
  • Harrison Leinweber
  • Becky Martin
  • Alex Benzell
For any questions pertaining elections, please contact president@rpiambulance.com.

For any and all questions regarding joining RPI Ambulance, training, or to request coverage at an event, please contact officers@rpiambulance.com.

Interested in Becoming an EMT?

July 28th, 2014
If you're interested in receiving your EMT-B certification and joining RPI Ambulance, a class will be offered this fall in Albany. Classes will be held Mondays and Thursdays starting on September 8th. 


If you're not a member and interested in joining and taking the class, contact: officers@rpiambulance.com

Weekly Update 5.4.14-5.10.14

May 7th, 2014
Happy last day of classes! I hope everyone is enjoying the end of the semester and not stressing too much over finals!
1.) We will be having a barbecue with Public Safety on Friday, May 9th from 1500-1800 outside of the ambulance garage. If anyone is interested in grilling or helping prepare food, please let me know. I will be prepping food at the office after the attendant meeting tomorrow night and before the barbecue on Friday. 
2.) Please be sure that you are washing your polos properly (inside out, air-dry). If you mistakenly took an attendant polo from the office, please return it promptly. 
Vice President     vicepresident@rpiambulance.com 
1.) If you are leaving prior to commencement and have in your possession anything belonging to RPIA (Class A uniform, radio, keys, etc.) you must arrange a time to meet Elise and have her sign off on the items being returned. 
1.) We will be meeting Tomorrow (May 8th) at 2000 at the office to go over the existing Attendant Training in our larger efforts to reformat the entire training process. All are welcome and feedback is appreciated. 
2.)We will be going out of service for the semester starting the first night we cannot form a crew during finals. Please remember to communicate with your crew to see if riding from residence is an option for the night. 
3.) We will be OOS all day Saturday for an event at Emma Willard. We will be back in service around 2200.
4.) If you will be working at Commencement please remember to pick up your RPIA ID cards from the card office!
Congratulations to everyone who was promoted this year!
Training Committee Promotions for the 2013-2014 school year:
- Full Crew Chief:4
- Probationary Crew Chief: 6
- Driver Trainer: 2
- Full Driver:3
- Probationary Driver:3
- Attendant: 7
First Lieutenant  firstlt@rpiambulance.com
1.) Please contact with any issues with the ambulance or stocking.
2.) Be sure to restock supplies after calls. 
Second Lieutenant  secondlt@rpiambulance.com
1.) If you signed up to cover commencement, be on the lookout for information regarding meetings to prep.
The officer board would like to recognize and thank our five graduating members for their years of dedication to RPIA!

Weekly Update April 20-April 26

April 22nd, 2014
RPI Ambulance,
Here's your weekly update.
1.) Congratulations to Jordan Williams! Jordan was elected to the position of Second Lieutenant at the last GBM. 
2.) We will be holding an Officer Board meeting this Sunday (4.27) at the office at 1730. All are welcome, but you may be asked to leave if sensitive topics are discussed. 
3.) Our next GBM will be May 1 at 2000 (Low 3039).  Officer reviews will be presented at this meeting. Thank you to everyone who completed the reviews. 
4.) Make sure you have picked up your uniforms and CPR cards from the office! 
Vice President     vicepresident@rpiambulance.com 
1.) The $10 payment for the banquet must be paid through cash, check, or credit card (charges to student accounts are no longer being accepted). Checks can be made out to RPI Ambulance. Please make arrangements with Elise regarding payment. If you have not signed up and are still interested in attending, please contact her immediately. If you have already signed up, you have committed to paying.  
2.) The snack bar has been restocked! Thank you to all those who are remembering to pay. Prices are still 50 cents for each item. Please contact with any further suggestions.
3.) Anyone who attended the Dartmouth Conference--if you have any thoughts or suggestions regarding the event please notify Elise. Dartmouth EMS is looking for our feedback. 
1.) Keep up the training. Contact Tom Manzini (Training Committee Chair) with any concerns about training progress or if you are interested in teaching a class.
First Lieutenant  firstlt@rpiambulance.com
1.) Please contact with any issues with the ambulance or stocking.
Second Lieutenant  secondlt@rpiambulance.com
1.) We are covering the Quidditch Tournament this Sunday from 1000-1700. Please sign-up on the website and contact Jordan if you are only able to cover a portion of the event. 
2.) Relay for Life is Friday. The night crew will be covering the event, but anyone interested in stopping by to keep the crew company is more than welcome. 
3.) If you are interested in helping cover the Sage and/or RPI Commencements, please sign-up on the website AND notify Jordan. We need to get an accurate count in order to ensure adequate staffing. If you live in a residence hall and are interested in helping staff the events, you will be granted a housing extension. 
1.) We will be holding a skills session on May 4th (1000-1600) for the students currently enrolled in the EMT class to prepare for their practical exam. Even if you can only attend part of the session, it will be incredibly valuable in your preparation for your practical.  If you are in the class, please sign-up on the website. If you are an EMT and interested in helping out, please contact Tom Manzini.

Weekly Update April 6-April 12

April 8th, 2014
Happy Spring RPI Ambulance!
1.) Please contact me with nominations for Second Lieutenant. Elections will be held at the next GBM (4.17). Please keep in mind that you can nominate yourself. In order to vote, you must have attended one of the past two GBMs or O-Board Meetings.
In order to run or be nominated for Second Lieutenant, you must  be certified as a New York State Emergency Medical Technician or higher. 
As of now, nominations are as follows:
-Jordan Williams
2.) Jordan Williams and Alex Benzell will be teaching classes in glucometry/diabetic issues and responding to mental health calls after the next GBM. These are great opportunities to learn or brush up on your skills.
3.) Mike O'Keefe will be sending our officer evaluations soon. Please answer the evaluations promptly and honestly. 
4.) We will be holding a self defense class for the agency this Sunday at 1100. Please sign-up on the website if you are interested.
Vice President     vicepresident@rpiambulance.com 
1.) Please respond promptly to the email regarding the banquet and awards. We need responses for both by this Friday at 1700. Signing up on the google doc is confirmation that you are coming to the banquet. Also, only reply once to the award form. If you have problems submitting, do not resubmit and contact Elise. 
2.) Continue doing chores at the office
3.) Contact with any recommendations for the snack bar
1.) Keep up the training. Contact Tom Manzini (Training Committee Chair) with any concerns about training progress or if you are interested in teaching a class.
2.) The AFROTC First Aid training went very well. Thank you to everyone who helped out.
First Lieutenant  firstlt@rpiambulance.com
1.) Rig is back and in working order. Please contact with any issues with the ambulance or stocking.
2.) A new Moore order will be in next week. We have a few new pieces of equipment for which we will be holding inservices for. 
Second Lieutenant  secondlt@rpiambulance.com
1.) Please continue to sign-up for events on the website. The next event that we are covering is the 5K on 4.19
2.) The Color Me Red Run on Sunday went great. Thank you to everyone who helped cover the event. 
Congratulations to the RPI Ambulance Iron Chef team on their award winning dessert! Thank you to Elise, Mike, Rafael and Becky for their hard work!
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