Algona EMS

Algona EMS Algona EMS is based out of Algona, Iowa and proudly serves the great people of Kossuth County

Operating as usual

06/13/2020

UPDATE! Algona EMS has moved back to the City’s building on the KRHC campus! It feels so good to be home again! Thank you to Rick Adams, Tim Ricklefs and the Administration at the Algona High School, who were so accommodating at a moments notice and made us feel welcome. Thank you also to all of those who dropped off goodies and provided us with homemade masks and gowns. It is such a privilege to serve this community and this county! Thank you all so much for supporting Algona EMS! God Bless each one of you.

Thank you Algona Faith for your generous donation of snacks and beverages!!
05/10/2020

Thank you Algona Faith for your generous donation of snacks and beverages!!

05/07/2020

Thank you to CORTEVA for donating 25 disposable face shields!!!

05/07/2020

Thank you to all those who have donated homemade masks to Algona EMS!! It is a privilege to serve this community!!

Thank you to Mayor Rick Murphy for the delicious donuts and the note of appreciation!!!
05/06/2020

Thank you to Mayor Rick Murphy for the delicious donuts and the note of appreciation!!!

04/29/2020

If anyone is still making homemade masks and would like to donate them, Algona EMS would be very appreciative! Thank you in advance!! 🚑❤️🚑❤️

This sounds remarkably familiar. We're doing pretty much the same thing in Kossuth County.
11/29/2019
Supervisors Move to Have County-Operated Ambulance Services in Washington County

This sounds remarkably familiar. We're doing pretty much the same thing in Kossuth County.

Unanimously, the Washington County Board of Supervisors officially voted to have a county-operated ambulance service. At their meeting Tuesday, an update from the ambulance advisory committee was presented, including budget estimates and the recommendation to officially have

And again and again and again...
10/27/2019
An Overlooked Crisis

And again and again and again...

Declining volunteerism in the U.S., particularly in emergency services, is having a corrosive effect.

09/28/2019
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

We're proud to call Sam one of our own. In addition to serving his hometown of Humboldt, Sam Sexe also volunteers with Algona EMS.

Congrats on being honored, Sam - you deserve it!

"I'm a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician in my hometown Humboldt, Iowa. I got started doing it because it's kind of a family tradition in my house. My dad's been an EMT for about 30 years and all three of my older siblings are all EMTs. I had to take night classes after high school, 2 to 3 times a week, for about 4 hours each class. After that i had to take the national registry test in order to be a nationally registered EMT. Since then i have responded to right around 400 calls, most of them 911 emergent call. Honestly i think it's one of the most gratifying jobs in the world. It's being able to help someone in such a unique way that most people can't do. In order to see someone’s condition change because of something you did, or see someone walk again because of something you did, it's incredible." (Samuel Sexe, high school senior, Iowa State Honoree)

Apply for 2020 awards by 11/5 at spirit.prudential.com.

I think we can just title these articles, "EMS in (insert your county name here) is in Crisis."I'm happy to report that ...
08/30/2019
Mahoning Valley’s ambulance service is in crisis

I think we can just title these articles, "EMS in (insert your county name here) is in Crisis."

I'm happy to report that Kossuth County is taking steps to mitigate our local crisis. An EMS Board has been appointed to review the situation and propose changes that will make EMS sustainable. The members of this board are aggressively working to tackle our issues, and I believe we are headed in the right direction. We do need the support of our citizens as well.

The question we need to ask ourselves is, "If I call 9-1-1 and ask for an ambulance, do I want an ambulance to show up?"

Our system, and hundreds of others around the nation, is dangerously close to collapsing. If changes aren't made soon, an ambulance may not arrive when you need one.

After waiting for an hour for an ambulance, Leslie Murphy was prompted by her supervisor to ask the woman who thought she was having a heart attack if she had a car. “Never in my 21-year career have I been so ashamed to be a Youngstown firefighter,” Murphy told Vindicator reporter Jessica Hardin...

We're three weeks away from the big drawing for this showroom condition Harley-Davidson Road King!  The drawing will be ...
08/22/2019

We're three weeks away from the big drawing for this showroom condition Harley-Davidson Road King! The drawing will be held during the Algona Public Safety Night Out in downtown Algona on September 12. For tickets, contact Gary Merrill at Algona EMS.

What's the right answer to the EMS crisis? In this Kentucky district, the answer was to cut back on responses.If service...
08/12/2019
Lack of Money Keeps Kentucky County in Reduced ALS Service

What's the right answer to the EMS crisis? In this Kentucky district, the answer was to cut back on responses.

If services can't buy supplies or equipment, can't put fuel in their trucks, or can't pay their personnel to work...what choice is there?

One ALS rig is out of service for 12 hours at a time, five days a week in Pendleton County.

This is virtually identical to what we're facing in Kossuth County. And, we're starting down the same path to develop so...
08/12/2019
Ambulance options under scrutiny - Charles City Press

This is virtually identical to what we're facing in Kossuth County. And, we're starting down the same path to develop solutions.

But we need the public's help. We need to know what you expect when you call 911, and how you feel the services should be paid for.

Contact your local EMS providers and your local elected officials. Let them know what you expect and how you think it should be funded.

But it’s not always certain which ambulance company, in what amount of time, and with what level of service you’ll get.

Here's an opportunity to help your local EMS service and give back to your community!
08/08/2019

Here's an opportunity to help your local EMS service and give back to your community!

08/07/2019
Clarence Ambulance Service

The crisis is real and it is everywhere. If not today, tomorrow.

🚨 Attention Cedar County Residents🚨

🚨This is our cry for help🚨

We need you all, now, more than ever, to volunteer on your local EMS Service. Please reach out and contact someone. Please don’t be shy. It doesn’t matter if you’re an 18 year old who just wants to drive the ambulance or a 70 year old nurse who wants to care for patients. Please HELP. Maybe we are too proud, maybe we have kept it a secret for too long, maybe we thought it would fix itself. But we are about out of time... We don’t have time to be proud, we can’t afford to keep it a secret, we have seen year after year that it WILL NOT fix itself.

People take for granted when they call 911 for a medical emergency that an ambulance will show up quickly or in a reasonable amount of time... that time has come and gone. It is not unusual to wait 30 minutes or more for an ambulance in our county. It is fairly common to wait 20 minutes for an ambulance in our county. It occurs on almost a daily basis that you have to wait for a neighboring ambulance service to have to come to your town because your local ambulance service has no volunteers available that day or night!

We need people to step up and we people to volunteer.

Unfortunately this is NOT just in Clarence. This is happening in every service in our county. And if you hear otherwise, if you hear “our ambulance service doesn’t have a problem” it’s a blatant lie.

What is the solution to this life or death problem? The first solution is we need people. We need volunteers. We need volunteers willing to respond to a vehicle rollover in -20 degree weather at 2 in the morning in the sleet and snow. We need volunteers willing to respond to an 89 year old lady with a head cold on a 120 degree day when you’d rather be sipping lemonade in the AC. We need volunteers who are willing to dedicate a small amount of their time to LITERALLY SAVE LIVES. Now for me that’s all the motivation I need. To make a difference. To change lives. To save lives. To be there for the families who are watching their loved ones pass away right in front of their eyes.

What motivation do we need to give you to volunteer on your local ambulance service? We offer to pay for your schooling, we offer a small stipend to be on call, we offer free clothing/apparel. It’s not working. Please, tell me what it is because we cannot go on like this for much longer. Something will give and, god forbid, it’s going to cost people their lives.

This raffle will benefit Algona EMS, Algona Fire Dept, Algona Police Department, Kossuth County Sheriff's Office, and th...
07/05/2019

This raffle will benefit Algona EMS, Algona Fire Dept, Algona Police Department, Kossuth County Sheriff's Office, and the Kossuth County EMS Association. The raffle is being hosted by the Kossuth Emergency Preparedness Team, with thanks to the Don Tietz Foundation for this very generous donation.

The Don Tietz Foundation has graciously donated a 2005 Harley Davidson Road King to the Algona area First Responders. The bike is in near mint condition and has only 600 miles on it. The Algona area First Responders will be selling raffle tickets for the bike and the bike will be given away on September 12, 2019. The proceeds from the raffle will go towards Algona Police, Algona Fire, Algona EMS and the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office for future equipment needs. For tickets contact John Emswiler or Bo Miller at the Algona Police Department.

Interesting perspective. Something our fire departments and EMS agencies, local government officials, and the public sho...
07/01/2019
The Butcher, Baker, and Candlestick Maker Are Not Coming

Interesting perspective. Something our fire departments and EMS agencies, local government officials, and the public should be thinking about.

Honestly, it's what keeps me up at night. It should keep you up, too.

It is time to make it clear to the community what your department’s capabilities are.

What a wonderful turnout today for our Annual French Toast Breakfast!!  Thank you to all who came out to support Algona ...
06/02/2019

What a wonderful turnout today for our Annual French Toast Breakfast!! Thank you to all who came out to support Algona EMS!!

The Bishop Garrigan Baseball Team arrived by bus on their way to a tournament this morning. I'm sure this hearty breakfa...
06/02/2019

The Bishop Garrigan Baseball Team arrived by bus on their way to a tournament this morning. I'm sure this hearty breakfast will give them the edge they need today. Good luck, Bears!

It's a beautiful morning, and the French Toast is delicious! Come out and join us!
06/02/2019

It's a beautiful morning, and the French Toast is delicious! Come out and join us!

It's almost time.French Toast Breakfast tomorrow, Sunday, June 2, at Algona EMS. Come support your local ambulance perso...
06/01/2019
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It's almost time.

French Toast Breakfast tomorrow, Sunday, June 2, at Algona EMS. Come support your local ambulance personnel, get a close look at our equipment, learn about what we do...and eat some delicious French Toast.

With severe weather season upon us, be sure you've signed up with Alert Iowa to receive emergency alerts.
05/22/2019

With severe weather season upon us, be sure you've signed up with Alert Iowa to receive emergency alerts.

Sign up for Alert Kossuth through our web site.

05/20/2019

It's EMS week, and I want to take a moment to thank everyone who keeps our service running.

First, a huge "THANK YOU" to the amazing Algona EMS personnel who stand ready to respond to the needs of our community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Also, to those who came before us and have since retired or moved on. They laid the foundation and built a strong service for those of us who staff it today. It is an honor to carry the torch they have lit and someday pass it on to the next generation of providers.

Thank you to our extremely understanding and supportive families and friends. This calling is inconvenient and disruptive to those around us. We can't count the number of family dinners, holidays, weekend activities, and kids' concerts and ballgames that have been interrupted because of a stranger's call for help.

Thank you to our peers from other services who help educate us, train us, and join us in lively discussions about medical issues, patient assessment practices, pharmacology, physiology, EMS operations, and a myriad of other topics, for the sole purpose of increasing our knowledge and understanding. "Steel sharpens steel."

Thank you to our partners in law enforcement and the fire service for always having our backs. Without your vigilant protection, our job would be extremely dangerous at times. You give us peace of mind, security, and the ability to focus on our task, knowing that you are ensuring that no harm comes to us.

Thank you to the dispatchers who serve as our eyes and ears before we arrive on scene. Your observance and intuition guide us and ensure that we have the resources away, and we know you are always one push of a radio button away.

Thank you to the many, many people in all areas of healthcare who impact our lives every day. To the nurse and doctors who help educate us and work side by side with us providing care. To the laboratory and radiology professionals who help explain their findings and how they relate to the patient's condition. To the registration and billing clerks who provide us with the essential information we need to accurately document our patients' details to guarantee accurate health records. To the maintenance staff who keep our equipment operating safely. To the housekeeping staff who help us keep our equipment sanitized and safe from contamination. To the dietary staff who keep us nourished (and keep me supplied with coffee).

Thank you to the community leaders who work hard to ensure that we are able to continue providing service to our citizens. In a time of shrinking budgets and revenues, and increasing demands and expenses, we appreciate your efforts to find a way to keep our doors open and our trucks moving.

And finally, thank you to our citizens for your generous support over the years, and your demonstration of gratitude for the service we provide. It is truly an honor to serve you.

Happy EMS Week, everybody!

Paramedics on Facebook
05/19/2019

Paramedics on Facebook

05/06/2019

Happy Nurses' Week to our nursing partners in EMS, emergency rooms, ICUs, med/surg, ORs, public heath and home health, hospice, physicians' clinics, and all of the other places we find you. Thanks for all of your hard work and cooperation in serving our patients and our communities!

05/06/2019
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Paramedics on Facebook

Welcome to EMS by Kelly Grayson

Welcome to the profession whose entry-level practitioners — you, in a few months — rank 4th from the bottom in the Bureau of Labor Statistics salary rankings. The only people paid less than you are pre-school teachers, dishwashers and meatpackers. The guy riding on the back of the garbage truck, or holding a sign at a highway construction zone, makes more money than your EMT instructor. Likely, a lot more.
And none of those people are required to make life-or-death decisions. You will.
It is a profession where the line-of-duty death rate is comparable to firefighters and police officers. For those of you who aspire to flight paramedic status, that particular niche is by far the most dangerous profession in America — ahead of loggers, miners, and Alaska crab fisherman.
It is a profession whose divorce, suicide and substance abuse rates soar far higher than the general population. The average career expectancy of an EMT is five years.
Five years.
Some of you will go on to jobs in nursing or other healthcare fields. Those of you that don’t move on to nursing or PA school will leave EMS with a career-ending back injury, or leave EMS healthy but not whole; jaded and cynical, your idealism burned away in the furnace-like reality of our profession, your faith in the innate goodness of man gone like so much ash and smoke up the chimney.
You’ll be disrespected
You will be disrespected by patients and bystanders who don’t know any better, and belittled by doctors and nurses who should. And many of you will endure the abuse for free labor, donating your services as volunteers.
So why do I tell you this? Well, they call it informed consent, a concept you’ll learn about in the first few chapters of that EMT textbook you’re carrying. Before you agree to the abuse you’re about to suffer, it’s only fair that you know what you’re getting into.
And it’s not what you think.
You will sift through broken glass and twisted metal, wade through urine and feces and vomit, weather heaping torrents of verbal abuse from the people you’re trying to help, all for the prospect of a few dollars on payday, and perhaps…just perhaps…a show of gratitude now and again.
I’m here to tell you that what you’ve been promised is a lie, if only a little white one. When you’re green and idealistic, the romance and thrill of EMS is powerful. All of us were adrenaline junkies at some point. Plus, there’s a decent chance it might even get you laid. What’s not to like?
You won’t save that many lives
But you will soon discover the hidden truth, the one that drives most people out of our profession:
We don’t save that many lives.
Lifesaving may be what we train for, but the opportunity to actually save someone comes all too rarely, and when it does present itself, the outcome depends more upon luck and timing than our skills. In my career, I’ve had my share of code saves. Some of them even made it out of the hospital alive. Others hung on just long enough for their families to tell them goodbye. I’ve made the critical diagnosis, gotten the tough airway, turned around the crashing asthmatic, and stabilized the shocky gangbanger with multiple unnatural holes in his person. I’ve needled chests, paced, defibrillated, and cardioverted, and given countless drugs.
But, other than a handful of exceptions, I can’t state with any certainty that my actions were the difference between life and death. In that handful of exceptions, all but one or two were saved simply by applying the techniques that any John Q. Citizen with a basic first aid course could have done. Ask your instructor if you don’t believe it’s true. They’ll tell you the same thing.
The reality of the profession
The reality of your profession isn’t exciting rescues and cardiac arrest resuscitations twice a shift. Your reality will be dialysis transfers and people who can’t poop. It will be toothaches at 3:00 am, and you’ll have to maneuver your stretcher around five parked cars to get to the front door, and weave your way through five able-bodied drivers to get to the patient with a complaint so minor you can’t believe they called 911 for it.
So why, if you’re not going to save all that many lives, should you even bother?
You should bother because EMS is a calling. Even when you leave EMS, it never really leaves you. It’s what Henry David Thoreau meant when he said, “Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.”
You should bother because, even if we’re not saving lives, what we do matters. It matters in ways unnoticed by us, to people you may not even remember tomorrow.
You should bother, because EMTs are privileged to play in life’s great game. Too many unlucky people watch the action thunder by, stuck at a desk, or watching it on television at home.
You should bother, because it’s the little things that matter. Most of your patients are ignorant of your skills. Few of them understand the technology you wielded so expertly. But they’ll remember the smile you gave them, or the way you tucked the blanket in to ward away winter’s chill, or the way you stood in the rain, getting drenched as you held the umbrella over them as your partner loaded them in the rig. They’ll remember calm competence, and gentle speech.
They’ll remember the joke you made to lighten the tension. They’ll remember those things and more, and they’ll remember your face long after you’ve forgotten theirs.
You’ll be remembered
They’ll remember you because, even though they were just another call to you, you were a major player in a defining event in their lives. They’ll come up to you, years after the fact, and say, “I remember you. You take care of me when I had my heart attack.”
And likely all you did was apply oxygen and take them to the hospital. Maybe you helped them with another dose of nitro or encouraged them to take an aspirin — really nothing they couldn’t have done themselves. But you’re the one they remembered, and you’re the one they thanked.
You should bother, because in the tapestry of human existence, you get to contribute your own unique stitch. You get to make your mark in ways that cannot be quantified on a spreadsheet or a profit and loss statement. Not everyone gets to touch the life of another, but EMTs do.
You should bother, because when people are at their most vulnerable, they will invite you into their homes and tell you things they won’t even tell their priest. And they’ll expect you to make it better somehow. I’m not sure you understand now how profound an honor that is, but hopefully one day you will.
The question is, can you be worthy of that honor?
If you think so, then welcome to EMS. Do us proud.

(Source: ems1.com)

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Fatigue is a very real, very common, very dangerous (and sometimes deadly) factor of our jobs. Maybe it's time we take a closer look at the risk vs benefit of transporting non-emergent patients in the overnight hours. I have to wonder if this patient could have waited until a fresh crew reported for duty in the morning. And this clearly caused a significant delay in getting the patient to their definitive care facility. Fortunately, it sounds like there were no serious injuries this time, but an incident like this creates a huge ripple effect in their local system. Now, they're short one truck, probably for several weeks, and possibly a crew for a few days. There's the insurance claims that have to be handled. Perhaps the driver will have to face disciplinary action for doing what he was ordered to do. There may be the expense of worker compensation claims to have the crew checked out. Perhaps they'll need to rent a replacement ambulance to get by. In any case, we have to determine if this is an accident that could have been avoided.