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  • 26 Nov 2017 6:59 PM | Dena Smith (Administrator)

    A toy drive is being sponsored by EMS Roaddocs to provide a nice Christmas for the children of Jon-Marc Chandler, a second generation Tri-Hospital EMS paramedic that lost his life in a motorcycle accident.  They are asking for new unwrapped toys for a girl, age 6, and a boy, age 8.  See this flyer for more information and points of contact or go to the Facebook Event:  Toy Drive To Honor Jon-Marc Chandler

  • 21 Nov 2017 7:15 AM | Dena Smith (Administrator)

    Registration open for an EMS IC Course at Great Lakes Academy.  See this flyer for cost and registration information.  Course starts on January 4, 2018.

  • 07 Nov 2017 4:47 PM | Dena Smith (Administrator)

    Click on this link to access the memo from Terrie Godde describing changes to CE requirements for EMS personnel effective January 31, 2018. 

  • 07 Nov 2017 12:03 PM | Dena Smith (Administrator)
    The American Heart Association published updated CPR Guidelines today in cooperation with the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR).

    The 2017 AHA Focused Updates on Adult and Pediatric Basic Life Support and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Quality emphasize that more people will survive cardiac arrest if the following three recommendations are acted upon:

    1. Emergency dispatchers provide chest-compression only CPR instructions over the phone
    2. Children (pre-pubescent) should receive, at a minimum, chest compressions; however, rescue breaths should be provided if the bystander is willing and able
    3. Bystanders start immediate chest compressions if they see an adult collapse in a suspected cardiac arrest 

    With these updates, ILCOR and AHA are moving to a continuous evidence review and more frequent focused updates. Continuous evidence evaluation allows the rigor of a comprehensive review and expert consensus in as close to real time as possible. Previously, AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC had been updated every five years.

    For these 2017 Focused Updates, there will be no changes to AHA products, and no new materials are required.

    Instructors and Training Centers should note that the AHA recommendations for EMS-delivered CPR have been updated and now provide more flexibility:

    • Instructors may allow students to practice synchronous or asynchronous ventilations during chest compressions in courses (BLS Provider, ACLS Provider, and ACLS for Experienced Providers) consistent with the student’s local protocol.
    • However, for testing purposes, Instructors will continue to use the BLS Skills Testing Checklists and the Skills Testing Critical Skills Descriptor, which tests by using the 30:2 compression-to-ventilation ratio with pauses in chest compressions to give ventilations. Instructors must test students performing the skills test based on what is on the skills checklist.

    Cardiac arrest is survivable with the initiatives that AHA supports. Intervention works. 

    For more information, visit the ECC Guidelines website or the AHA Instructor Network.

    Thank you for everything you do to contribute to the mission of saving lives! 


  • 01 Nov 2017 9:38 PM | Dena Smith (Administrator)

    Teaching and program development opportunity.  Please see the attached information for this exciting new position!  Contact information and application instructions are included in the attachment.  AAESA EMS Instructor 2017.pdf

  • 30 Oct 2017 6:29 AM | Dena Smith (Administrator)

    Submit your nominations for the Board of Directors HERE by January 5, 2018.  See the Members-only page to identify what positions are open.  Become a leader of your organization!

    Submit your nomination for 2017 Michigan EMS Instructor-Coordinator of the Year HERE by January 12, 2017.  See the Members-only page to learn the qualifications for this prestigious award.  

    If you attended the fall conference, please complete your conference evaluation by November 5, 2017.  You may click here to access the fall conference evaluation form. 

    Membership Cards have been updated and will be mailed to anyone that has renewed or become a member since the spring conference in March, 2017.  Included in this mailing will be general information about the Society and member benefits, along with a current listing of board members to ensure you have access to the organization's leadership.  A listing of the Board members and proof of your insurance as a member of the Society are posted under the "Members-Only" menu of the website.  Membership cards are now available in your member profile!

    Any questions about the organization or your membership may be directed to the following email address: 

  • 16 Oct 2017 9:28 PM | Dena Smith (Administrator)

    Kim Lagerquist, Society member for over 30 years died suddenly at his home on Monday, October 16, 2017.  Kim was highly regarded by the EMS Community, especially those in southeast Michigan, as an instructor and passionate EMS advocate.  Visitation will be held on both Thursday and Friday (10/19 and 10/20) from 2pm-8pm at the Will and Schwarzkoff Funeral Home 233 Northbound Gratiot, Mount Clemens, MI  48043.  It sounds like formal final respects and burial will be private.  Please go online to read the formal obituary.

  • 06 Aug 2017 6:34 PM | Dena Smith (Administrator)

    Harry Wagner

    Harry Wagner, SMEMSIC member for over 24 years, age 77, of Montrose, died Sunday, July 23, 2017 at his residence. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held 2PM Sunday, August 20, 2017 at the Birch Run Moose Lodge, 12326 Gera Road, Birch Run, Michigan. Harry was born July 10, 1940 in Parker, Pennsylvania to the late John and Alyce (Klavon) Wagner. He graduated from Montrose High School in 1958. Harry worked as an electrician for General Motors, retiring in 2007 with 47 years of service. He was also an EMT, and can be credited with initiating the emergency medical program at Buick City. Harry was also an EMT instructor, and an EMT instructor trainer, both for General Motors and for the public. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Birch Run, Clio Eagles Club, Clio Senior Center and the American Red Cross Association. Harry enjoyed lock smithing as a hobby, anything that had to do with medical training, andloved to watch the Detroit Tigers. Surviving are: Children: Bill (Dawn) Wagner, Cindy Chandler; Grandchildren: Brandy (Ryan) Erickson, Nichole (Tim) Bishop, James Chandler, Tony (Amanda) Chandler; Great Grandchildren: Wesley Erickson, Ava Erickson; Brother, Donald (Linda) Wagner; Sister-in-law, Paula Wagner. He was also preceded in death by his Brother, Jim Wagner. Please sign our guestbook or share an online condolence with the family at

    Funeral Home

    O'Guinn Family Funeral Homes

    239 East Hickory Street Montrose, MI 48457

    (810) 639-6181

    Published in Flint Journal on July 30, 2017

    RIP Harry Wagner, you will be missed

  • 26 Jul 2017 5:05 AM | Dena Smith (Administrator)

    Your voice has been heard!  For those that attended the Spring IC Conference in Traverse City in March, there was considerable discussion in the forums and in the general membership meeting about updating Michigan's CE requirements for ICs to remove the cap on IC credits that may be obtained in each category.  See the new form and email from the Bureau of EMS Trauma and Preparedness (BETP) sent on Tuesday, July 25, 2017.  Kudos to those that voiced their opinions and shared them at the spring Conference!! 

  • 22 Jul 2017 4:04 PM | Dena Smith (Administrator)

    Lansing Community College is offering a blended (part online, part in-seat) IC course.  Details are in attached: LCC IC course information.pdf

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