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Emergency Medical Services

Nor-Cal EMS
Mission Statement

Northern California EMS provides leadership and excellence in emergency medical services in partnership with our community.

We are Northern California EMS, Inc. also known as Nor-Cal EMS, serving the counties of Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Sierra, and Trinity.

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What's New?

A New North State Pre-Hospital Conference Webcast Available

The second 2016 NSPC video is available for CEs titled "Visual Odyssey in Emergency Medicine Services".

2016 EMSWorld Expo - Special Registration Promo Code 'EMSA'

The California EMS Authority is partnering with EMS World Expo to provide discounted registration. Enter code EMSA to save $100 off the 3-day conference.

May 18, 2016 - Memorandum - Clarification of the Scope of Practice for Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) versus First Responders (FR)

The medical director for Nor-Cal EMS has released a memorandum clarifying the scope of practice for EMR versus FR that provides information that will aid in the transition from FR to EMR.

Care Flight Is Now in Service at the Beckwourth Airport in Plumas County as of May 1, 2016

A revised Aircraft Zone Map that includes the new service and the zones covering the Nor-Cal EMS area is linked HERE. That map is effective as of May 1, 2016.

For approximately the first two or three weeks following May 1, Care Flight will be operational twelve hours a day from 0700 - 1900. Their availability status will be posted in EMResource

Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) for Public Health and Health Care Partners

U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 08/26/2015 This two-page document provides information about Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) awareness training for non-law enforcement constituencies, or hometown security partners, who are important to the SAR effort. It includes a table of Potential Criminal or Non-Criminal Activities Requiring Additional Information During the Investigation. The training is designed to assist public health and healthcare professionals in understanding their critical role as homeland security partners; and recognizing what kinds of suspicious behaviors are associated with pre-incident terrorism activities. ( PDF )

The State Emergency Medical Services Authority Honored Steve Tolen with a Community Service Award

On December 2, 2015 the Emergency Medical Services Authority honored Steve Tolen with its Community Service Award. This annual recognition event in San Francisco was held in conjunction with the State EMS Commission meeting.

Emergency Medical Responders and Phasing-Out of First Responder Certification

Memorandum - As of April 1, 2016, Nor-Cal EMS will only certify those who have taken an approved EMR course (initial or transition) of instruction. FULL DETAILS HERE.

MAC Run Review Webcasts Available for CEs

We have the following Medical Advisory Committee Run Reviews available for CEs:

Free Webcasts Available for CEs Thru HPP Funding

These are free (or very low cost to support the website) webcasts developed in part by a grant from HPP.

  • HAvBED and MCI Event Training with EMResource
    Dr. Eric Rudnick demonstrates the importance of EMResource and being able to respond to events, queries, and polls; demonstrates how to respond to a HAvBED event in EMResource; and demonstrates responding to a MCI (Multiple Casualty Incident) event in EMResource.
  • MCI Plan Manual 2 - Patient Distribution Overview
    Mark Beldon discusses the Patient Distribution Manual 2 which outlines a plan under the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS) for the distribution of patients during a multi or mass casualty incident within an Operational Area or within multiple Operational Areas in the Mutual Aid Region and to destinations outside the Mutual Aid Region.
  • Mass Casualty Incident Field Operations
    Mark Beldon presents an overview of the Office of Emergency Services Region 3 Mass Casualty Incident Plan Manual 1 and an overview of Manual 2 - Patient Distribution.

2016 NSPC Webcasts Available for CEs

We have the following 12th Annual North State Pre-Hospital Conference Webcasts available for CEs:

  • Airway Management for the Pre-Hospital Professional
    Dr. King reviews airway anatomy; defines the goals of airway management; discusses the tools of the trade; covers a systematic approach to airway management; and discusses special considerations with the management of burn patients.
  • Visual Odyssey in Emergency Medicine Services
    Dr. Rudnick presents a very wide variety of the types of injuries, illnesses, and oddities that one might encounter working in the field of emergency medicine. Being a visual presentation of this nature, it may not be suitable for all ages. If you are considering becoming an emergency medical responder, technician, paramedic, or nurse, this should provide a little idea of what you might encounter.

2015 Spring NSPC Webcasts Available for CEs

We have the following 2015 Spring North State Pre-Hospital Conference Webcasts available for CEs:

Ebola Hotline

CDPH has created a Public Hotline for Ebola

2014 Fall NSPC Webcasts Available for CEs

We have the following 2014 Fall North State Pre-Hospital Conference Webcasts available for CEs:

  • Ebola 101 - Update for EMS System Stakeholders
    Dr. Rudnick covers many topics including basic Ebola facts regarding the disease, symptoms, the transmission of Ebola, worldwide outbreak and case counts, demographics, and risk assessment. He also covers how we are preparing as well as the new PPE guidelines.
  • The Sticky Truth About Bakken Crude Webcast
    Gerry Gray provides crucial information to EMS personnel regarding the potential dangers involved with the transportation of approximately 3 millions gallons of Crude Oil at a time through our cities by railroad and how they should be prepared and respond.
  • Butane Honey Oil
    Mike Fischer discusses what butane honey oil (BHO) is and its various forms - as honey oil, weed oil, budder, dabs, concentrate, wax, ear wax, amber glass, and shatter - and their THC levels. He discusses how it is made - both open and closed extraction methods.
  • EMS Response to Crime Scenes
    Bob Bryant discusses what a crime scene is, priorities at a crime scene, and how to recognize and preserve evidence at crime scenes including proper handling of physical evidence, forensic evidence, circumstantial evidence, eyewitness evidence, and direct evidence.

2014 Spring NSPC Webcasts Available for CEs

We have the following 2014 Spring North State Pre-Hospital Conference Webcasts available for CEs:

  • Heat Illness Webcast Available for Online CEs
    Dr. Jasumback covers the risk factors for heat illness and then delves into the major heat illness types heat exhaustion (from water depletion and salt depletion) and heat stroke (both classic and exertional) followed by the minor heat illness types heat cramps, heat syncope, miliaria rubra, and heat tetany.
  • Swift Water Rescue
    Brent Dubois educates from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) document 1670 Standard on Operations and Training for Search and Rescue Incidents.
  • Drowning
    Michael Fraters delivers an important topic as 150,000 to 500,000 deaths occur due to drowning and is the 3rd most common cause of accidental death overall in the U.S. Drowning incidents are 500-600 times higher.

NREMT Initial Certification Fee Increases for 2017

Notice: The NREMT will be increasing the initial certification fees effective January 1, 2017.

NREMT Updated ATT Policy

Attention Program Directors and State Directors: Effective January 1, 2015, Authorizations to Test (ATT) for National EMS Certification will be valid for up to 90 days from the date of issuance, provided all other requirements for National EMS Certification are met.

Infectious Disease - Ebola Virus

Ebola is an often-fatal disease and care is needed when coming in direct contact with a recent traveler from a country with an Ebola outbreak that has symptoms that may be caused by Ebola. New guidance available from the CDC.

Nor-Cal EMS Training Webcasts Available for CEs

We have the following Nor-Cal EMS Training Webcasts available for CEs:

  • EMS at a Quality Crossroads
    Dr. Rudnick introduces the subject of Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI). Kara Davis takes you to where the rubber meets the road.

Furadan Alert

Furadan in marijuana grows poses officer safety risk.

The Fire Challenge

A disturbing new trend is manifesting itself online on social media sites such as Facebook and YouTube called "The Fire Challenge." Click HERE to find out what this is all about.

Active Shooter / Code Silver - Healthcare Focused Training Video

This brief video (approximately 9 minutes) is intended to give you a general overview of how to respond to situations involving a person with a weapon, or with hostages, or an active shooter.

TECC Principles for Medical Response to Explosive Events

The Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care has released a paper covering the tactical emergency casualty care principles for medical response to explosive events.

Note: Some of the above documents may be in Adobe PDF format.
Click HERE for more information on how to view these documents.


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