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

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

Paramedic Community
05/16/2019

Paramedic Community

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
Paramedics on Facebook

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)

Algona Cub Scouts Pack 29 learn First Aid at Algona EMS!
05/05/2019

Algona Cub Scouts Pack 29 learn First Aid at Algona EMS!

The takeaways from this story:1. Providing EMS is expensive and getting even more so. As volunteerism declines, more pai...
05/01/2019
KWWL

The takeaways from this story:

1. Providing EMS is expensive and getting even more so. As volunteerism declines, more paid staff are required. As paid staff are hired, volunteerism declines further.
2. Reimbursements from Medicare, Medicaid, and Wellmark (Blue Cross Blue Shield) are insufficient to sustain EMS. Typical overall reimbursement rates are around 45% of the true cost of providing service.
3. If nobody wants to pay for EMS, services can close with no replacement in place. It's not an essential service. If you call 911, you could be told that there is no ambulance service covering your area, and you will need to find your own way to the emergency room.

If an agreement isn't reached, Chickasaw County could have no ambulance service come July 1st.
After reading the article, what do you think of the situation? https://kwwl.com/news/2019/04/30/chickasaw-county-ems-could-end-in-july/

Algona EMS
04/26/2019

Algona EMS

This week, we honor the telecommunications specialists and dispatchers who watch over our public safety personnel and ou...
04/15/2019

This week, we honor the telecommunications specialists and dispatchers who watch over our public safety personnel and our community. Everything we do starts with them. The information they collect and the decisions they make in the first moments of an emergency often determine the outcome.

When we find ourselves in over our heads and needing help, they are the ones we call. Thank you for answering that call!

Thank you, Kossuth County Community Foundation, for the funding to support the Algona EMS Association's purchase of a St...
04/11/2019

Thank you, Kossuth County Community Foundation, for the funding to support the Algona EMS Association's purchase of a Stryker PowerLOAD ambulance cot system.

The system purchased with these grant funds will make loading and unloading of patients much safer for our EMS providers and for our patients. In addition, the PowerLOAD system meets a higher standard for cot securement and will provide a safer ride to the hospital for everyone.

We are truly grateful to be a part of such an outstanding community in Kossuth County!

Congratulations, Marc Bacha, on this very well-deserved award! The people of Algona are fortunate to have you serving us...
04/11/2019

Congratulations, Marc Bacha, on this very well-deserved award! The people of Algona are fortunate to have you serving us, and we thank you for your tireless efforts to make our city a better place every day.

The Algona Police Department is proud to announce that Patrolman/Investigator Marc Bacha has been awarded the 2019 Law Enforcement Victim Service Award from the United States Attorney's Office for Northern Iowa. This award is presented to an officer for his or her service to the victims of crimes and for the creation of enhanced services and programs.
Representatives from the US Attorney's Office will be in Algona Friday, April 12 to present Marc with this award. The short presentation ceremony will take place at 1:00 pm in the Algona City Council Chambers. Anyone wishing to attend are encouraged to do so.

I was going to post a picture of my pancakes, eggs, and sausage breakfast, but I couldn't wait, so here's my empty plate...
04/06/2019

I was going to post a picture of my pancakes, eggs, and sausage breakfast, but I couldn't wait, so here's my empty plate instead. You'll have to come to the Algona Fire Station to get your own.

Come out, bring the family, and support our partners!

A future leader in healthcare, and we're proud to say he's one of us! Keep up the good work, Ethan Young!
04/03/2019

A future leader in healthcare, and we're proud to say he's one of us! Keep up the good work, Ethan Young!

Congratulations to #USDPIKES' Ethan Young ('19 Initiate) for being this week's PIKE of the Week! Ethan serves as Alumni and Parent Relations Chairman and has done an incredible job so far. We look forward to seeing everything he will accomplish! φφκα, brother!

Congratulations to our own Mindy Baker on passing the NCLEX and becoming a Registered Nurse!We know it was a bumpy road,...
04/01/2019

Congratulations to our own Mindy Baker on passing the NCLEX and becoming a Registered Nurse!

We know it was a bumpy road, but we never doubted that you'd succeed.

03/13/2019
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Please watch and be thankful to all the men and women who protect us

Police officer sees young mom holding lifeless toddler – then he realizes the truth and rushes out of his car.

Pass this on to honor this brave officer ❤️

MedicTests.com
03/07/2019

MedicTests.com

This story sounds remarkably familiar. Here in Kossuth County, I've had some good discussions with the Board of Supervis...
03/04/2019
NY county struggles with how to solve EMS dilemma

This story sounds remarkably familiar.

Here in Kossuth County, I've had some good discussions with the Board of Supervisors, and they are committed to making EMS work. I have no doubt we will find solutions, but there are many options we will need to evaluate.

I appreciate the tremendous support our citizens have been providing as we look for answers, and I ask for your continued support of all of our EMS services in Kossuth County.

A drop in the number of volunteers has resulted in squads having to pay EMTs, but the pay rates and lack of fringe benefits have not kept shifts filled

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