Membership News

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Savvik Board member Aarron Reinart is volunteering on a mission to help promote sustainable healthcare in Ghana (Western Africa).

The first trip to Ghana will incorporate a needs assessment for Enyan Abaasa , a village about 90 minutes outside of the Ghana capital, Accra. The goal, to establish an EMS system that will allow sick patients to be transferred from the local clinic to the main hospital in the capital. Currently, The National Ambulance Service, provides EMS along with St. Johns ambulance. The outside villages can not be part of this current EMS system because of the distance. It is crucial, in some critical cases, that local villagers have a way to not only get to these larger hospitals but have care en route. This ambulance will provide emergency services and transportation to the local villages in the case of severe sickness or trauma.  The educational curriculum  will be developed for Enyan Abaasa  after the needs assessment occurs. In the upcoming months, educators will present the first module of training to ready those providers from the clinic to the pre hospital environment.

Future topics include the following:

  • Lifting and moving patients and emergency response principles. Cardiac Emergencies, including ACLS and BLS techniques,understanding equipment and implementing a plan for organization equipment.
  • Trauma Care, including assessment, bleeding control, splinting, and burn management.
  • Neurological Issues, including assessment, AMS, seizures, diabetic emergencies, and stroke.
  • Pediatric Emergencies, including PALS

The METI Project is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote sustainability in healthcare through medical education, training, and improved infrastructure in under-served areas of the world. Launched in 2013 by Professional Ambulance (Pro EMS) and Pro EMS Center for MEDICS, The METI Project’s first initiative addresses critical medical needs in Haiti, one of the world’s poorest countries. We are excited to journey to Ghana as of 2016, the work in this country involves prehospital training and system design.

Met teams consist of all levels of medical professionals including EMS systems design professionals, educators, and consultants.

To learn more:   http://metiproject.org/about-us/

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Savvik Buying Group Board of Directors, Chief Chris Barron - 2014 IAFC Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year!  

Our friend and colleague, Chris Barron has been awarded the prestigious 2014 IAFC Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year!

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, have announced the 2014 winners of the Fire Chief of the Year awards: Chief Chris Barron of the Manchaca (Texas) Volunteer Fire Department and Chief Alan J. Martin of the Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Fire & Rescue Department.

Winners (selected by a committee appointed by the IAFC) are honored for their dedication and leadership in fire and emergency services. Sponsored by Pierce, the annual awards during the opening session this morning at the IAFC's 2014 Fire-Rescue International conference in Dallas.

Chief Chris Barron has served in the demanding positions of volunteer fire chief of Manchaca Fire/Rescue and executive director of the State Firemen's and Fire Marshal's Association (SFFMA) of Texas concurrently since 2006 (his service with Manchaca Fire/Rescue began in 1990). His track record in both roles illustrates his commitment to the fire service and to professionalism.

As Manchaca Fire/Rescue Fire Chief, Barron led the department's transition from an all-volunteer to a combination department serving an area of 12 square miles and a population of more than 17,000 during a period of tremendous growth. As executive director of SFFMA, he has garnered respect for his focus on firefighter education and for coordinating and supervising the construction of the new SFFMA headquarters.

Chief Barron also served on the NFPA 1720 Committee on Standards for Staffing Volunteer Emergency Services and the North Central EMS Corporation (NCEMSC) Board of Directors. Further, he served as chair of the national search committee for the associate director of the Texas Forest Service and as a national representative at the IAFC's Landmark Fire Service Summit.

He secured a $1M grant for SFFMA from the Department of Homeland Security for the recruitment and retention of firefighters, and he created and administered the Texas Wildfire PPE Relief Fund. He has been recognized and received a number of awards for his commitment and service, including the VCOS John M. Buckman III Leadership Award. Chief Barron earned a B.B.A. and an M.B.A. from Southwest Texas State University.

Congratulations Chief Chris Barron from your friends at Savvik Buying Group! 

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