Desk of Assistant Chief Arnold

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Welcome to the new EMS page.
 This page was created so all personnel will be able to receive a line of information
that pertains to the Valparaiso Fire Department EMS services we provide.
Check back on a regular basis to stay current with the latest information.

 Monday, October 07, 2013

Continuing Education for October

Please complete by 10/25/13 and return to BC/OIC

Brain Attack Presentation

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 

3rd Quarter Grand Rounds

Due:  September 30, 2013

(Please return completed Answer Sheets to BC)

SANE Presentation

Answer Sheet

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Popcorn Festival Sign-up Sheets Available

Saturday 9/7/13 (A Crew - On Duty)

Morning Shift (0600-1300)
Afternoon Shift (1200-1900) 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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Don Hess Day at the U.S. Steelyard
July 13, 2013 @ 6:10 pm
Tickets Avail. at Crown Point Fire or the EMS Academy for $10 until June 30.

The Railcats organization will donate $5 per ticket to the
Don Hess Memorial Scholarship Fund

Contact Dale Holsti
219-306-7361 or
for additional information! 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

AmbuPro has been installed on new CPU outside AC Lamb's office.  

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Valparaiso FD will host a Skills Day for the EMS Academy on Tuesday, June 11th for system paramedics.

Friday, April 12, 2013


New dispatch codes went live today which means more accurate information regarding the call type pushed out through Active911

Friday, April 12, 2013

Upcoming Educational Offerings

PHTLS - May 1-2-3 & May 15-16-17 @ Union Hall
0900-1500 hrs.

EMS Skills Day - June 11th @ Union Hall
0800-1200 hrs.

Bob Page 12 Lead Course - May 21st @ VU Harre Union

EMS Grand Rounds 

2013,1st round (remember to double click to hear voice)

Printable answer sheet

Grand Rounds Due:  April 30, 2013

 Friday, January 18, 2013

EMS Training

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Chesterton Emergency Department staff will be coming in to talk about the types of patients they are capable of receiving from us and give us an overview over their facility.

1/30/13      C - Crew      1200-1400     Union Hall

1/31/13      A – Crew     1200-1400      Union Hall

2/1/13       B – Crew       1200-1400      Union Hall

LUNCH will be be provided for the crews**

Thursday, November 15, 2012

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Reminder - December 3rd is the FINAL Skills Day at SAMC

 Friday, September 28, 2012

As many of you know, the department has been using the Active911 application for mobile devices over the past month.  It seems to be working fairly well and I have received very positive feedback.  Anyone that would like the app for their phone should contact AC Arnold via e-mail ( and provide the following information:

Personal e-mail address
mobile telephone number
type of phone (iPhone / Android)

The software engineers of this program have been working hard to provide additional features some of which are already in place and much more to come later this year.  BC Bottorff and myself have been adding pre-plans to the mapping feature and you will notice information is available to you by clicking on the markers in the maps.

I have also been informed that Active911 will be phasing out the "Beta" testing of their software in the very near future.  This means they are considering a usage fee of $12 - $13 per user annual fee.  We are working out details on how the cost will be covered (individuals vs. agency) and more information will follow.  If anyone is interested in this app for their mobile device, I would encourage you to download it now and register before the fee for service goes into effect.  If anyone has additional questions, please feel free to contact AC Arnold.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Popcorn Festival Sign-up Sheets posted @ Stations 

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Please see important information in Memo Section.  

Monday, July 30, 2012 

Advanced Medical Life Support Course

August 24th & 27th @ St. John FD

To register contact the EMS Academy (219) 757-6334

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The following dates have been confirmed to tour the new Porter Regional Hospital facility:

August 7th  0900 & 1300
August 8th  0900 & 1300
August 9th  0900 & 1300
August 14th (Make-up Day for B Crew) ?????? Tentative

Our goal is to tour the new facility and gain familiarization with the Emergency Department - Electrical Systems - Elevators - Fire Suppression Systems - Cath Lab - OB and any other pertinent areas that may need to be included for a fire / ems response.

The tours will be conducted with Portage FD and others (Chesterton FD & Liberty FD??)

More information will follow and will be provided by the BC's as we get closer.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Effective July 1, 2012 all paramedics in the State of IN are now "Licensed".  This change will allow hospitals and other healthcare providers utilize paramedics in a more expanded capacity.  This does not change any inservice reporting requirements and expiration dates will remain the same.  As of now, there will be NO associated fees with license renewal.  Also, liability is no different under licensure than it was under certification. 

Friday, June 29, 2012


Where:  Northwoods (St. John, IN)
When:  July 22, 2012

Admission - $20.00

All proceeds going towards the establishment of a scholarship for EMT / Paramedic students in Don Hess' memory.

Price of admission includes dinner / music / other enterainment

**The coordinators of the event are trying to get an accurate count on the number of attendees and would like to pre-sell tickets to those who are planning to go.  Please see AC Arnold for tickets.  Thank you.

Also available, "Hess Towels" are ready for purchase $5.00/ea. if anyone is interested.
(Don was always known for having a "towel" around his neck when working on the ambulance (he was "warm-blooded").

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Upcoming EMS Classes

July 9 - ACLS Renewal (SFD) 0800 hrs.
July 26 - PCQI (SAMC) 0900 hrs.

ALS Rescue / Engine inventories have been updated to include the new quantities of medications as well as the additions / deletion of certain meds.  Medication expiration forms have also been changed and laminated for the stations.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

All new medications have been placed on the trucks and the new protocols are in effect immediately.  In addition, the remainder of the drug box inserts have also arrived and have been re-fitted in to the ALS vehicles to accomadate the meds.  Please take the time to familiarize yourselves with the new configuration.

 Friday, June 08, 2012

Tuesday, June 12th (B Crew) is TRIAGE TUESDAY
Please use SMART Triage Tags on all patient transports

Monday, June 04, 2012

June 17-23 is Fire/EMS health and safety week.
Check out the web site.

Just a reminder, TB tests will begin today.


Protocol reviews / exams will be wrapping up this week.  Once completed, the department will begin to operate under the new protocols.  Please continue to review and familiarize yourself with them so our transition will be seamless.  Thank you all for your patience!

Thursday, May 24, 2012 

Protocol reviews / testing will begin now that the extrication training is complete.  I plan to meet with each of the crews / stations over the next 1-2 weeks to answer any questions and clarify a few things before the medics complete the exam.  Our target "go live" date is June 8th at the latest.  I appreciate everyone's patience as we work through this busy month.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A solution to the extremely slow connection speeds at Station #3, for AmbuPro, is now in place & crews should notice a dramatic difference on the "office" desktop.  Please let me know if problems persist.  Thank you.



TB Tests for department personnel will begin the first week of June.  Working Well has agreed to do the tests at Stations 1 & 2 as we did last year.

6/4/12 (C Crew) 1300 hrs - Test <<<>>> 6/7/12 0800 hrs - Read
6/11/12 (A Crew) 1300 hrs - Test <<<>>> 6/14/12 0800 hrs Read
6/12/12 (B Crew) 1300 hrs - Test <<<>>> 6/15/12 0800 hrs - Read

You will need to make sure that you are present for both the Test / Read (72 hour window) otherwise we will make other arrangements for you at a later date. 

Monday, May 21, 2012

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A special thanks to all members of the department for what you do day in and day out!  Valparaiso is a great community and we should take pride in the services we provide at the Valparaiso Fire Department. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

June 2012

June 1 – ACLS Renewal (SAMC) 0800
June 4 – Skills Day (SAMC) 0800
June 12 – Advanced Burn Life Support (CPF&R) 0800
June 19 – PHTLS Renewal (NCEMS) 0800
June 28 – PCQI (SAMC) 0900 
Reminder:  Mandatory classes should be completed OFF Duty & comp time will be awarded


Proposed Rule Change to be voted on by EMS Commission on Friday, May 18th regarding the transport of Trauma Patients to the closest Trauma Facility.  Highlighted areas indicate the proposed 45 minute travel time.

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Although this rule change will not affect the Valparaiso Fire Department, it will have a serious impact to our neighboring communities.

Monday, May 14, 2012

**IDHS District 1 - Message**

In the next week, the NATO Summit will be coming to Chicago. Numerous alerts by many agencies have been sent out in regards to vehicles possibly being stolen during this time to be used for illegal purposes. With this in mind we have to be more aware and cautious.   

Friday, May 11, 2012

Right Ventricular Infarction

Good information and sample Right sided 12 Leads to rule out RVI w/ presence of ST elevation in inferior leads.  Use caution w/ NITRO in these patients!

Monday, May 07, 2012

Tuesday, May 8th is TRIAGE Tuesday
All patients transported to the ED should receive Triage Tag
(Don't forget to replace)  

Friday, May 04, 2012
2012 EMS Picnic - Sponsored by Franciscan St. Anthony Health
Date:  Thursday, May 24th
Time:  1100 - 1400
Location:  St. John FD (11033 W. 93rd Ave.)  

May PCQI Meeting will be held @ St. John Town Hall (next to FD) 0900 hrs.  

Friday, April 27, 2012
The Lake County SWAT team is looking for individuals to become Tactical Medics.  Information available through the EMS Academy (219) 757-6334.

Friday, April 27, 2012

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Friday, April 27, 2012
SAMC EMS Academy announces release of NEW protocols.  Training will begin in May with target implementation date of June 1st.

Sunday, April 15, 2012
Two Paramedics in Puerto Rico have been charged with first-degree murder in the killing of a competing Paramedic from another private ambulance company whom they felt stole a patient. The 2 men also face previous weapons violation charges in unrelated cases. One more reason for thorough background checks. The two are accused of fatally shooting 31-year-old Luis Deida Martinez on Wednesday while he ate breakfast at a local bakery. The victim had apparently argued with the two suspects a day earlier after his wife picked up a patient that they claimed should have been transported by them

 Thursday, April 12, 2012
Friendly reminder sweep out the back of the ambulances at the end of each shift

  Thursday, April 12, 2012 
Sent out a memo today pertaining to the ongoing issues with the elastic bands holding medication vials/ampules in our med boxes. We will be replacing them with a different type of insert. Unfortunately we are unable to obtain the same type of inserts and don't have many other options so this is the best solution for the department at this time. Rescue 2818 med box has been changed and other Rescues will follow as the inserts arrive.