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  1. New West Virginia Administrative EMS Director Named - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

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Page Leadership John Pryor Street Medicine EMS Insider Products Hands On Product Reviews Journal TV Home New West Virginia Administrative EMS Director Named EXCLUSIVES EMS 12-Lead.com: Acute STEMI Mimic Case Bariatric Airway Management Is about More ... Compassion Fatigue: A Hidden Stress in Pro... Dietary Supplements Can Help Providers wit... Recognizing and Treating Injuries Caused b... New West Virginia Administrative EMS Director Named Interim director Melissa Kinnaird led OEMS since 2014 and was deputy director in previous years Thu, Aug 20, 2015 LYDIA NUZUM, Charleston Gazette-Mail The interim administrative director of the state's Office of Emergency Medical Services has been named its new permanent leader - a move officials at the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources hope will lend stability to an agency riddled with turnover. Melissa Kinnaird has served as deputy director for the Center for Threat Preparedness since August 2012 and as interim director of WVOEMS since March 2014. Kinnaird, who started full time as OEMS administrative director on Monday, helped lead the health and medical command system response during multiple public health emergencies, including Hurricane Sandy, the 2012 derecho, the 2014 Freedom Industries chemical spill, and for the first Boy Scout Jamboree event in West Virginia, according to Dr. Rahul Gupta, commissioner of the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health. "Melissa brings a wealth of administrative experience to the Office of Emergency Medical Services, Gupta said. "In the interim, Melissa has shown exceptional leadership, underscoring her commitment to the people of West Virginia by championing policies such as the EMS for Children program, now considered a model program for the country. Additionally, she has initiated a variety of strategies designed to improve communication across the State EMS system. Joe Lynch, executive director of the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority, said prior to the announcement that he and other county EMS officials hoped the BPH would appoint an administrative director with EMS experience. Kinnaird was appointed interim administrative director of OEMS in March of 2014; prior to that, she had never worked directly in EMS. [Native Advertisement] "Non-EMS folks just don't have the necessary knowledge to help the system grow and function, Lynch said. "It's things as simple as certification. EMS is in a crisis now...it's no different than a hospital or other changes in health care. EMS is changing, too - we're changing every day. West Virginia has been a model for other agencies across the country, but for the last few years we've taken a backseat because we haven't had the right people in key positions. Lynch could not be reached for additional comment Tuesday. Kinnaird, who has left her position as deputy director for Threat Preparedness, said she works closely with OEMS medical director Dr. Michael Mills on policy decisions, and her previous experience with the Center for Threat Preparedness made her familiar with the operations of OEMS. "My vision for EMS is for it to be the best EMS system in the country, Kinnaird said. "Setting the standard, developing strong stakeholder partnerships, and increasing visibility... we have subject matter experts (and) a team. She said the Center for Threat Preparedness works a lot with OEMS, so she was familiar with the system. During the last legislative session, a bill was proposed that would have moved OEMS from the BPH to the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety. Kinnaird was introduced as the new director to EMS county administrators and workers on Tuesday during a statewide meeting in Flatwoods. Gupta noted that EMS personnel voiced several ongoing concerns about the agency during the meeting, including recertification and ongoing education practices, the absence of a full-time director, and a shortage of EMTs in rural areas. "When I arrived in March of 2014, we had several vacancies in the office - some had been vacant for many months, Kinnaird said. "We have reduced those vacancies by half. We've started having monthly staff meetings where the staff can discuss issues and get consistency across our units and staff. We've developed a strategic plan, and we're doing customer service training so we can provide better customer service to the EMS community. Kinnaird said the office is also working on policy that would allow those with an arrest record to apply for and receive certification and re-certification for EMS. "We realize people make mistakes, and that something might happen that's not in your normal behavior, she said. "Recidivism studies have shown that offenders who are successful in not recommitting crimes for seven years are probably sufficiently rehabilitated. Taking that into account, we look back a number of years and consider whether it's a misdemeanor or a felony, to give folks a chance to prove they can do this work successfully. Kinnaird, who has been with DHHR since 2007, previously served as administrator for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and Chief Executive Officer of Lakin Hospital. Kinnaird has a bachelor's degree in health care administration from Mary Baldwin College in Stanton, Virginia, and a master's degree in elder care administration from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Reach Lydia Nuzum at lydia.nuzum@wvgazette.com, 304-348-5189 or follow @lydianuzum on Twitter. Sponsored Content is made possible by our sponsor; it does not necessarily reflect the views of our editorial staff. 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  2. New West Virginia Administrative EMS Director Named - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

    Kinnaird has begun a variety of strategies to improve communication in the state system.

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  3. Iowa First Responders Hold Mock Disaster Drill - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

    A simulated plane crash occurred at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville campus.

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  1. Water Ban Lifted for Parts of West Virginia - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

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  2. Chemical Spill Shuts Down Much of West Virginia Capital - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Schools and restaurants closed, grocery stores sold out of bottled water, and state legislators who had just started their session canceled the day's business after a chemical spill in the Elk River in Charleston shut down much of the city and surrounding counties even as ...

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  3. Four People Hospitalized After West Virginia Chemical Leak - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A handful of people have been hospitalized and several hundred thousand remain without water after a chemical leaked from a storage tank in Charleston into the public water treatment system, state authorities said Saturday. JEMS: Chemical Spill Shuts Down Much of West ...

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  4. Fire Kills at Least 119, Injures Dozens, at Poultry Plant in Northeast China - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

    BEIJING (AP) — A fire at a poultry plant in northeastern China trapped workers inside a cluttered slaughterhouse, killing at least 119 in one of China's worst industrial disasters in years despite recent work safety improvements.

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  5. Terror Fears Keep Toxic Plants Hidden from Public - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Until the local fertilizer company in West, Texas, blew up last month and demolished scores of homes, many in that town of 2,800 didn't know what chemicals were stored alongside the railroad tracks or how dangerous they were. Even rescue workers didn't know what they were up ...

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  6. New Jersey Firefighters Angry Over Hazmat Exposure - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

    GLOUCESTER COUNTY, N.J. --Members of a hazmat crew that responded to last month's train derailment and chemical spill in South Jersey abruptly resigned from their county's hazmat team this week. The firefighters say they were put in danger unnecessarily and they blame Gloucester County.

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  7. Design Flaw Noted in Common Rail Tank Cars - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

    CHICAGO (AP) — For two decades, one of the most commonly used type of rail tanker has been allowed to haul hazardous liquids from coast to coast even though transportation officials were aware of a dangerous design flaw that almost guarantees the car will tear open in an accident, potentially ...

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  8. Triage from a Distance - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

    Remember the days when the Star Trek medical tricorder, the fictional device that could read and diagnose patients instantly, seemed unrealistic? Well, the DHS Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) is working toward making this and other futuristic devices a reality. In development by the DHS S&T, ...

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