Crew of the Month

September 2017

September's KCEMSS Crew of the Month goes to Coeur d'Alene Fire Department Engine 4, Engine 2, Battalion Chief and Northern Lakes Fire Department Medic 51 for their timely interventions and care to a young patient and family.


Pictured from left to right: William Deruyter, Travis Georgius, Tom Hiltenbrand, Blaine Porter, Tyler Turrell, and Chief Way

Not pictured:  William Dodd, Richard Carns, Lee Holbrook, and William Daniels

July 2017

July KCEMSS Crew of the Month goes to Deputy Joshua Leyk, Kootenai County Sheriff's Department, for his heroic life saving actions on the scene prior to EMS arrival. Awesome Work!

June 2017

The June KCEMSS Crew of the Month goes to EMS Officer Ken Bookamer for his outstanding help and contributions during the recent Zoll defibrillator deployment and the semi-annual ambulance rotation. 

2017 Paramedic, EMT, and Dispatcher of the Year

April 2017

Upon her retirement, East Side Fire Deputy Chief Kathy Flint was given the April KCEMSS Crew of the Month for years of dedicated service to Kootenai County and the EMS System. Best wishes for a relaxing and happy retirement!

March 2017

The March KCEMSS Crew of the Month was given for achieving very high scores on their 1st Quarter Pro Q-A Reviews. Great Job!

Pictured from left to right, Talina Moyer, Central Dispatch, Matt Wallace, Central Dispatch, Chief Way, KCEMSS, Kayla Asher, Central Dispatch, Madie Groom, Central Dispatch, and Matt Keller, Central Dispatch.

February 2017

The February KCEMSS Crew of the Month is the team that all contributed to the successful field amputation of an injured patients leg in late January. The patient was involved in a motor vehicle accident and was trapped/crushed by 100,000 pounds of logs. The pictured team consisting of a Heavy Rescue from KCFR, Medic unit from NLFD, Chiefs from multiple agencies and a surgical team from Kootenai Health were able to successfully free the patient after several hours. The reason that this rescue was so successful was the incredible relationships we share with other departments and our local trauma center! Great Job Team!

January 2017

The January KCEMSS Crew of the Month is KCFR Deputy Chief Aaron Jones. Chief Jones is retiring in February after 31 years of service. He has consistently contributed to the development of the EMS system in Kootenai County over the years and has been a tremendous supporter of KCEMSS. Congratulations on your well deserved retirement Chief Jones and BEST WISHES!

October 2016

The October KCEMSS Crew of the Month is Harrison EMS.  The pictured crew is being recognized for their outstanding caring and compassion shown to a patient and the patient’s family during a very difficult time.  The crew went above and beyond providing the needed patient care; they took it upon themselves to ensure that a bad situation was made better and that ALL of the needs of the family were met. Often in EMS we focus on emergent and lifesaving interventions.  In this case compassion and personal care were clearly the most important thing we could have done.  Great job and thank you Harrison EMS!


Pictured from left to right: Chief Way, Monte White, Kimmy Galle, Jim Fruehan, and Laura Andersen

September 2016

September’s KCEMSS crew of the Month is the Hauser Fire Department.  When KCEMSS began looking for a new solution to transport bariatric patients HLFD stepped up and offered to be the transport agency in conjunction with other KCEMSS agencies.  While HLFD does not regularly transport they are capable and have volunteered to take the lead on this incredibly important initiative!  KCEMSS appreciated, Chief Simms, the Hauser Lake Fire Department Commissioners and the Hauser Lake Fire Department members for stepping up for such an important role!  Thanks again!


Pictured from left to right: HLFD Chief Larry Simms and KCEMSS Chief Chris Way

July 2016

The July Crew of the Month is the KCEMSS CCT staff. Given the new EMS rules in Idaho regarding CCT transport this group had only a few months to take a lot of training, put clinical hours in and gain new certification in critical care transport! They all put in a lot of effort and it paid off! Great Job team and thank you for all of your effort!

Pictured from left to right: Carolyn Stovall, Ian DeLand, and Chief Way

Not pictured: Shane Anderson, Jeffrey Brucick, Susan Carlson, Nathan Cox, Douglas Holcomb, Peter Holley, Kelly Hunt, Andrew Kaplan, Veronica Mitchell-Jones, Cody Moore, James Oxenrider, and Ryan Schlining

June 2016

The June crew of the month is Kootenai County Fire Rescue Red Shift. Multiple Red Shift units responded to a local retail business for the report of an unconscious employee. Upon arrival they found an employee in cardiac arrest with other employees performing CPR assisted by the Post Falls Police Department. The patient achieved ROSC on scene and was transported to Kootenai Health. A few days later the patient was able to walk out of the hospital with no deficit! GREAT JOB Red Shift, Post Falls PD and fellow employees!

From left to right: Andrew Kaplan, Ron Graham, Chief Way, Pete Holley, Scott Oliver, Mitchell Copstead, and John Ward

Not pictured: Brian Johnson, Kelly Krause, and Sam LaPresta

2016 Paramedic, EMT, and Dispatcher of the Year

2016 Paramedic of the Year - Ian Deland
2016 EMT of the Year - Kathy Flint
2016 Fire/Med Dispatcher of the Year - Stephanie Erickson

April 2016

It is our pleasure to announce the Coeur d'Alene Fire Department's Engine 323 and EMS 32 as the April Crew of the Month. This crew ran a multi-system's trauma patient that was in significant distress due to their injuries. The scene was chaotic and the crew brought quick order, alerted the trauma center of an incoming critical patient, quickly packaged and then rapidly transported them. The patient was met in the trauma bay by the Trauma Surgeon/ER Staff where the patient was taken for emergent surgery. Due to the impressive actions of this crew the patient survived their devastating injuries. Great Job CDAFD!

March 2016

The KCEMSS March Crew of the month goes to the entire Mica Kidd Island Fire Department. KCEMSS received two "mini" MCI trailers on a Homeland Security grant last year and MKIFD took on the project of making sure all of the equipment was there, located in a usable order and made the trailers ready for service. In addition, MKIFD has taken on the initiative of training all of the other departments in the use of these trailers and their equipment! Great Job and a big thank you to all of the firefighters and chief officers at MKI for all of their help with this project!

February 2016

The KCEMSS February Crew of the month is Kootenai County Fire & Rescue Engine 131, 141 and Coeur d'Alene Fire Department Ambulance EMS 32. The crew responded to a very difficult pediatric trauma call in which multiple personnel were needed. The quick actions, advanced care and rapid transport to the local trauma center resulted in a positive outcome for the patient. Great job!

From left to right: Ryan Asher, Chief Christopher Way, Maurice Wagner, Greg Thaxton, Chad Tortorelli

Not Pictured: Rusty Kramer, Frank Harwood, Alex Capaul, Shaena Pelan, Ken Peterson, and Todd Amende

The KCEMSS February Crew of the month is Kootenai County Fire & Rescue Engine 131, 141 and Coeur d'Alene Fire Department Ambulance EMS 32.  The crew responded to a very difficult pediatric trauma call in which multiple personnel were needed.  The quick actions, advanced care and rapid transport to the local trauma center allowed the patient to be flown to a pediatric trauma hospital.  The outstanding actions of the crew resulted in a positive outcome.  Great job!
From left to right: Ryan Asher, Chief Christopher Way, Maurice Wagner, Greg Thaxton, Chad Tortorelli
Not Pictured: Rusty Kramer, Frank Harwood, Alex Capaul, Shaena Pelan, Ken Peterson, and Todd Amende

January 2016

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR JANUARY CREW OF THE MONTH!

The January Crew of the Month is Chief Dean Marcus from the Northern Lakes Fire District. Chief Marcus is retiring at the end of January after 23 years with NLFD. Chief Marcus has been a great friend and resource to KCEMSS and he is well deserving of his retirement! All of us at KCEMSS wish Chief Marcus and his family the best in his retirement! Congrats Chief 501!!!!

From left to right: Chief Christopher Way and Chief Dean Marcus

December 2015

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR DECEMBER CREW OF THE MONTH!


The December 2015 KCEMSS Crew of the Month is Division Chief Bill Keeley and Transport Coordinator Carolyn Stovall. Together they crossed off several things in the strategic plan most notably creating a training program from our ground critical care nurses and paramedics. In addition to the training program they hired eight new Critical Care Transport employees (nurses and medics). Two of these employees have started and the others begin their training program in January. Chief Keeley and Carolyn have also worked tirelessly on getting new ambulances in service. To both of them Congratulations and THANK YOU! 


From left to right: Carolyn Stoval, Chief Christopher Way, and Chief Bill Keeley

November 2015

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NOVEMBER CREW OF THE MONTH!


The November 2015 KCEMSS Crew of the Month is Kootenai County Central 911. Over the last few months the staff of Central 911 has undergone the transformation to Priority Dispatch system. During this transformational stage the staff worked extra shifts to cover training, all got trained and implemented the system flawlessly. Since the system was implemented a month ago their adaptation has been remarkable and has gone more smoothly than anticipated! They do a great job and deserve this recognition! THANK YOU Central 911!!!!!!!

From left to right: Matt Street, Kayla Asher, Stephanie Erickson, Beverly Crawford, 
Cheryl Halgren, and Chief Christopher Way

October 2015

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SEPTEMBER CREW OF THE MONTH!

The October 2015 Crew of the Month is FF/Medic Phil Duzet and FF/EMT Matt Dill from Northern Lakes Fire. They responded to a local hospital for a transfer of a trauma patient to a tertiary facility. Upon arrival the crew found a patient who was in a traction device that would not fit in the ambulance. The crew worked with EMS administration, nursing staff and physicians to develop a plan to safely transport the patient while maintaining traction. Their commitment to patient care and safety of the patient and crew was outstanding!

From left to right: Phil Duzet, Chief Christopher Way, Matt Dill

September 2015

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SEPTEMBER CREW OF THE MONTH!

The September Crew of the Month goes to KCFR's Medic 11, 13 and Engine 111. They were dispatched and responded to a trauma with an airway compromise. The patient was transferred to the Emergency Department at Kootenai Health after receiving life saving procedures. The quick professional actions of the crew undoubtedly assisted in the saving of the patient’s life.

 

From left to right: Chief Christopher Way, Shane Anderson, Maurice Wagner, Alex Capaul, Amanda Mangano

Not pictured:  Seth Hohenstreet, Brett Lynch , and Joshua Miller


August 2015

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR AUGUST CREW OF THE MONTH!

The August crew of the month goes to KCFR's Medic 11 and Engine 111. They were dispatched one evening for an OB emergency. Upon arrival the patient was delivering a baby. The crew immediately assisted with delivery of a baby that was not breathing and was delivering a baby. The crew immediately assisted with delivery of a baby that was not breathing and was blue. While some personnel atteded to the mother, the baby was treated and before leaving the scene for the hospital had a return of all vital signs. Both the mother and baby are doing well and are healthy! Congrats to Medic 11 and Engine 11 for an outstanding job!


From left to right: Rusty Kramer, Charis Schreiber, Chief Christopher Way, Justin Capaul, Justin Greene, Mitchell Copstead

Not pictured: Max Buccowich

July 2015

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR JULY CREW OF THE MONTH!

The crew of the month for July 2015 goes to Harrison Ambulance. Chief Way and Chief Greif (CDAFD) congratulate members from Harrison Community Ambulance as the July 2015 Crew of the Month for their dedication to the success of the Ironman triathlon again this year.  HCAA volunteers their time, manpower and vehicle every year at Ironman.  This year was particularly difficult for providers with temperatures in the 105 degree and above range.  Both KCEMSS and CDAFD wish to thank HCAA for their dedicated service and great job with this event!

June 2015

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR JUNE CREW OF THE MONTH!

The crew of the month for June 2015 is Engine 322 and EMS 32 from Coeur d'Alene FD Station 2 Green Shift. These units responded to an unconscious subject at a local retail business. Upon arrival they found a male patient in full cardiac arrest. They began immediate treatment using High Performance CPR. Prior to leaving the scene the patient had ROSC and upon arrival at the hospital was talking and wanting to discuss refusing treatment. The patient was treated at the hospital and has returned to normal activity! Great Job!

From left to right: Jake Bieker, Jeff Fletcher, Colby Ivey, Robert Anderson
Not pictured: Jeff Butcher

April 2015

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR APRIL CREW OF THE MONTH!

KCEMSS is pleased to award Matt Dilley with the KCFR Support Services Division the EMS Crew of the Month for April. Matt's diligent work and record keeping saved KCEMSS over $10,000 last month in repair work! He spent several hours on the phone with the vehicle manufacturer, local dealer and other companies to solve a maintenance issue! Amazing work Matt! Thank you for all that you do to make our organization work smoothly!
February 2015

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR FEBRUARY CREW OF THE MONTH!

 

Engine 131’s crew and Medic 13’s crew were dispatched ALS for an unconscious patient. After reading the notes in Spillman, a full shift response was requested. We arrived on scene to find an unconscious patient inside an approximate 3000 gallon steel tank. The worker was applying epoxy type paint and likely became unconscious due to the toxic conditions inside the tank. Two personnel donned Self Contained Breathing Apparatus and entered the tank to move the patient to the access opening. Two additional rescuers entered on supplied air respirators to assist with removing the patient. This task was particularly difficult due to the configuration of the tank baffles and the restricted space. The patient was removed from the tank and transported to Kootenai Health.  The patient was discharged from the hospital and is expected to recover.

The professional actions of the crew during this high risk-low frequency event were instrumental in increasing the patient’s chance for survival.  Their actions reflect great credit upon themselves, KCFR and KCEMSS and are in keeping with the highest tradition of Emergency Medical Services. 

 

From left to right, top row: Larry Sande, Ken Peterson, Ryan Asher, Seth Hohenstreet

From left to right, bottom row: Jon Gallatin, Alex Capaul, Maurice Wagner

Not Pictured:  Todd Amende, Brett Lynch, Shane Anderson, Mitchell Copstead, Jeff Brucick, Rusty Kramer

January 2015

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR JANUARY CREW OF THE MONTH!


A citizen called 911 to report a male not breathing. Kootenai County 911 simultaneously gave by-stander CPR instructions and dispatched Fire/EMS units to the scene. Engine 111’s crew arrived on scene to find a patient unresponsive, pulseless and non-breathing. The crew initiated the new high performance CPR protocol. Medic 11’s crew arrived on scene and initiated ALS interventions. Medic 13 arrived on scene and assisted with patient care. The patient was transported to Kootenai Health by Medic 11 and Engine 111. During transport the patient experienced return of spontaneous circulation, the patient was then transferred to the ER and subsequently the ICU. The patient's long term prognosis is good.

Pictured from left to right: Seth Hohenstreet, Ellie Creighton, (911 Central Dispatch), Brett Lynch, Alex Capaul, Shane Anderson, Maurice Wagner, Amanda Greil, (911 Central Dispatch), Jeff Brucick, (Not pictured), Amanda Mangano (Not pictured)