Missouri Emergency Medical Services Association
The Missouri EMS Connection is pleased to accept submissions for the Service Briefs section in the magazine. The purpose of the service briefs section is to share current news about your service.
Below are the service briefs published in the Spring 2019 issue of the magazine. If you would like to submit your news, see our service briefs submission page for details and deadlines.
On April 1, 2019 Assistant Chief Kevin Hoskins will have completed nearly 40 years of service with the Chillicothe Fire Department. Kevin Hoskins began his career with the city on Sept. 17, 1979. During his four decades of service, Hoskins has held the ranks of EMT, paramedic, firefighter, lieutenant, captain, assistant emergency management director, and has held the position of assistant fire chief since April 1, 1986. He has overseen the modernization of the current ambulance service changing from Basic Life Support to Advanced Life Support, and has molded the lives of many young recruits. He has taught numerous classes, which have helped mold the future of the Chillicothe Fire Department, the emergency medical field, and emergency services for decades to come.
The Lake Ozark Fire Protection District was fortunate to garner the support of the community to pass a .30 Cent property tax levy increase to its EMS tax rate in the August 2018 election. The main goal of this increase was service enhancement by adding an additional ALS ambulance as well as updating/upgrading equipment including ambulances and cardiac monitors. Six new employees were hired Jan. 7 to accomplish this with another two Firefighter/EMT-Ps to be hired in the early spring. All cardiac monitors have been upgraded to five new Physio Control Life Pak 15s for the ALS Ambulances and ALS Fire units as well as outfitting all other district vehicles including boats with Life Pak 1000 AEDs. They are extremely appreciative to their community for supporting this initiative allowing them to increase their service delivery and maintain the excellent care they provide to the residents and visitors to the district.