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Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446, jennifer.tornetta@atlanticare.org 

Joseph Clark, Jr. (O) 609-272-6318, joseph.clarkjr@atlanticare.org

 

AtlantiCare EMS, fire officials from Atlantic and Cape May counties discuss new initiative during National EMS Week

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s EMS leadership met with fire officials from Atlantic and Cape May counties Wednesday, May 23 to discuss a new way they can assist fire victims. All seven AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Emergency Medical Services (EMS) paramedic units in Atlantic and Cape May counties now carry cyanide antidote medication for those affected by smoke inhalation. As of January, 2018, all AtlantiCare EMS vehicles have carried the antidote.

EMS Week 1

Left to right are Matt McCrory, Battalion Chief of Anglesea Volunteer Fire Company; Robert Fergusson, Sr., assistant chief, Avalon Fire Department; Bob Mattle, director, AtlantiCare Emergency Medical Services (EMS); Brett S. Greenfield, DO, medical director of AtlantiCare EMS, chairman of  New Jersey Air Medical Services Committee, and medical director, MidAtlantic MedEvac; Michael Blizzard, captain, North Wildwood Career Fire Department; Dominick McClain, fire chief, North Wildwood Career Fire Department, and representing Cape May County Fire Chiefs Association; Lou Raniszewski, operations manager, ARMC EMS;  Leslie Cline, battalion chief, NWFD; and Skip Portale, president, Atlantic County Firefighters Association.

As a capstone project for a National Fire Academy program, Michael Blizzard, captain, North Wildwood Fire Department, had researched the benefit of having the antidote kits on emergency response vehicles. He met with met with AtlantiCare Emergency Medical Services leadership in 2016 to discuss the benefit of AtlantiCare EMS carrying the antidote.

EMS Week 2 

Michael Blizzard, captain, North Wildwood Career Fire Department, holds cyanide antidote kit.

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center had already carried the antidote  for patients of its Emergency Center at the Atlantic City Campus; Emergency Department at Mainland Campus; and Satellite Emergency Department in Hammonton. The North Wildwood Volunteer Fire Company # 1, Anglesea Volunteer Fire Department, North Wildwood Firemen’s Mutual Benevolent Association Local 56, Avalon Fire Department, and Wildwood Crest Volunteer Fire Department were the first to pledge financial support of the program if needed. The Cape May County Fire Chiefs and Atlantic County Fire Chiefs associations, and the Atlantic and Cape May County Firefighters associations support the initiative.

Representatives of each met at the Shoemaker Holly Rest Station on the Garden State Parkway to discuss the initiative as part of their observance of Emergency Medical Services Week, which is May 20 through 26.

 

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