News from First Responder
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First Responder EMS Toy Drive:
On December 11, 2011 First Responder EMS donated over 200 new toys to Butte County Children's Services. Mike Lazzaretto, Jeff McManus, Shane Tinker and Jim Clark from First Responder loaded an ambulance full of toys and delivered them to Butte County Children Services. David Bradley a Butte County administrator, assisted in the unloading of the gifts. "This generous donation of over 200 brand new toys from First Responder will make many children and families very happy this Christmas" David Bradley said.

About Butte County Children's Services:

Butte County Children's Services provides services to the children of Butte County who have been, or are at risk of becoming victims of abuse, neglect or exploitation. Examples: * Emergency Response provides investigation of allegations of child abuse or neglect. 24- hours a day.
* Family Maintenance provides services designed to promote a safe and stable home environment, enabling children to remain in their own home. Services include parent education, counseling, life skills and substance abuse treatment.
* Family Reunification services provide assistance to those families whose children are in out-of-home care. Services assist the parent(s) in meeting the court's requirements for the return of a child to the parent's custody. Parent education, counseling, help with domestic abuse and substance abuse treatment are among the many services available.
* Permanency Planning provides children, who are dependents of the court, with a permanent placement plan in the event family reunification or maintenance are not successful. These can include plans of adoption, relative placement, guardianship and long-term foster care.
About First Responder EMS:
Since 1988, First Responder EMS has provided affordable, innovative transportation solutions to the medical community in the Sacramento Valley. At First Responder our mission is to provide medical and non-medical transportation solutions to the communities in which we serve. First Responder EMS delivers Critical Care Transport (CCT), Paramedic Ambulance, Basic Life Support Ambulance, Gurney-Van Service, and Wheel-Chair Service to Skilled Nursing Facilities, Assisted Living Communities, Board and Care Groups, and Hospitals in Butte, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo Counties. First Responder along with Enloe Hospital has been providing Emergency Medical Services to Butte County for over 30 years.
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EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES AUTHORITY AWARDS Luncheon:
On December 7th at the historic Marines' Memorial Hotel in San Francisco, the California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) honored 39 people for their heroic acts and extraordinary contributions to EMS. Among the recipients were four employees of First Responder EMS. Dr. Howard Backer, Director of the California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA), said, "Each year, certain emergency medical technicians, paramedics and system participants stand out for their extraordinary actions. It's important that we acknowledge their contributions toward public safety and for making California's EMS system one of the best in the world."

Life Saving Award:
Jessica Batz and Matt Wolfe (First Responder EMS - Butte) For lifesaving actions on June 2, 2011 to a pulseless man while off duty.

Meritorious Service Award:
Harrison Stewart (First Responder EMS - Butte) For meritorious performance of rescue in a hazardous environment on October 2010.

Community Service Award:
Marilyn Dioszeghy, (First Responder EMS - Butte) For providing dedicated community EMS service in CPR instruction in Butte County.
About California Emergency Medical Service Authority:
The EMS Authority is charged with providing leadership in developing and implementing EMS systems throughout California and setting standards for the training and scope of practice of various levels of EMS personnel. The EMS Authority is also responsible for promoting disaster medical preparedness throughout the state, and, when required, managing the state's medical response to major disasters. Emergency and disaster medical services in California are rooted in the skills and commitment of the first responders, EMTs, nurses, physicians and administrators who deliver care to the public and operate the system. The California EMS Authority, through standard setting, consensus building, and leadership, plays a central role in improving the quality of emergency medical services available for all Californians.
About First Responder EMS:
Since 1988, First Responder EMS has provided affordable, innovative transportation solutions to the medical community in the Sacramento Valley. At First Responder our mission is to provide medical and non-medical transportation solutions to the communities in which we serve. First Responder EMS delivers Critical Care Transport (CCT), Paramedic Ambulance, Basic Life Support Ambulance, Gurney-Van Service, and Wheel-Chair Service to Skilled Nursing Facilities, Assisted Living Communities, Board and Care Groups, and Hospitals in Butte, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo Counties. First Responder along with Enloe Hospital has been providing Emergency Medical Services to Butte County for over 30 years.
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CEPCO'S 27th Annual Excellence in Business Awards Dinner:
Thursday, October 27 2011, the 27th annual dinner for the CHICO ECONOMIC PLANNING CORP. was held at Chico State University's Bell Memorial Union. The event honored business, education and innovation leaders in the community. The 27th annual Hawaiian theme dinner was a sellout. This year Byron Parsons (owner of First Responder EMS) receive the award for Excellence in Health Care. The Excellence in Health Care award was sponsored by Enloe Hospital and presented by Enloe's CEO Mike Wiltermood and Marty Marshall, Director of Emergency Services for Enloe. "It is a great honor to receive this award from CEPCO because of the work that CEPCO does by creating new jobs and by aiding in retention and expansion of existing businesses within the community" Byron Parsons said.
CEPCO's Mission:
The primary goal of CEPCO is to create new jobs and new wealth for the Chico Community by aiding in the retention and expansion of existing businesses, providing local residents employment, and attracting new businesses to the area. We believe that economic development is one of our most important community services, and a crucial function that provides the kind of boost that keeps our economy strong and allows us to maintain a high quality of life. CEPCO works with other visionary business and community leaders, including the City of Chico, Greater Chico Chamber of Commerce, Butte Community College, CSU, Chico, Tri-County Economic Development Corporation, and Butte County Economic Development Corporation, to accomplish these goals.
About Enloe Medical Center:
Enloe Medical Center is a 298-bed hospital that offers the North Valley a full continuum of health services ranging from preventative education and outpatient services to acute care, behavioral health, inpatient rehabilitation, home health and hospice services. Serving more than 450,000 residents in a six-county region in Northern California, we provide quality, compassionate, cost-effective care to our patients. Enloe Medical Center is an independent, non-for-profit, health care organization governed by a community based Board. Enloe Hospital along with First Responder EMS has been providing Emergency Medical Services to Butte County for over 30 years.
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First Responder EMS participates in the Butte County Fair:
Saturday August 27, 2011 First Responder EMS participated in the Junior Livestock Auction at the Butte County Fair. Bob Slater (Director of Business Development for First Responder EMS) purchased a 126 pound market lamb from Kayla Hall of Chico FFA for $9.00 a pound. The lamb will be process by Chico Locker and Sausage paid for by First Responder EMS. First Responder will donate the process lamb to the Torres Shelter in Chico, Ca.

Bob Slater said, "First Responder is pleased to participate in the Butte County Fair because it incorporates so many in great programs within Butte County"."
About the Butte County Fair:
The Butte County Fair has been creating memories for 72 years. Tree lined streets, children laughing, aroma of fair food, and fun events and shows, the Butte County Fair is a feel good family event. The friendliness of the Butte County Fair and the fairgrounds sets it apart from other events. The Butte County Fair belongs to Butte County and is a reflection of Butte County and its residents. We are extremely proud of the Butte County Fair and believe the future holds great things.
About Chico Future Farmers of America:
Chico High School's Ag program, with a long-standing tradition of excellence, offers both college prep and career pathways in Animal Science, Plant Science, Environmental Horticulture, and Agriculture Mechanics. Students enrolled in the Ag program will also be members of the Chico FFA chapter and have the opportunity to develop leadership skills, participate in Career Development Events (CDE's) and many other FFA activities.
About Torres Shelter:
The Chico Community Shelter Partnership is a thriving, growing, effective and always improving non-profit organization dedicated to assisting a wide variety of people in their efforts to achieve self-sufficiency and a more stable lifestyle. We operate the Torres Community Shelter and for over 13 years, we've provided shelter and related social services to help people experiencing homelessness in our community. We offer emergency shelter throughout the year at the Torres Community Shelter. Services are provided to our guests at no cost, and include case management, beds, showers, evening meals, laundry, basic personal necessities, message and mail service, storage of personal belongings, and transportation. Related social services provided on site include SSI counseling and filing assistance, basic educational tutoring, health screening, TB testing and education, veteran's benefit assessment, behavioral health assessments, AA and NA meetings, legal services, and referrals to job preparedness programs and permanent and transitional housing.
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First Responder Participates in Butte County Search and Rescue 50th Anniversary:
Saturday, June 18th 2011 was the 50th anniversary of Butte County Search and Rescue. First Responder EMS along with other public and private agencies gathered at the Elks Lodge to celebrate the past, present and future of the volunteer group. Many demonstrations and games were available to see and do, including a rope toss mimicking actual water rescue operations, over-the-edge demonstrations of vertical rescues and static displays of the group's past and some of their techniques, such as "man tracking" by using boot prints. Also at the event were several Search and Rescue vehicles and equipment, including their Rescue 5 "first-out" vehicle, four Search and Rescue boats and snowmobiles, among many others. Several helicopters also landed on the field, including Enloe's FlightCare team, which often works closely with Search and Rescue personnel. Sen. Doug LaMalfa visited the event early in the day to present Search and Rescue leaders with an acceptance of a resolution from the California State Senate.
About Butte County Search and Rescue:
The Butte County Search and Rescue Team (BCSAR) is an all-volunteer, non-profit, non-tax-supported, auxiliary unit of the Butte County Sheriff's Office. Its primary purpose is to provide skilled search and technical rescue services to the residents and visitors of Butte County, California. Due to the varied and often rugged terrain of the County, the Search and Rescue team plays a crucial role in locating and rescuing lost or endangered persons.

Team members are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They come from a variety of backgrounds, and they take time away from jobs, school, and family to provide both search and rescue services for Butte County in water, on land, or from the air. As a mutual-aid response agency, the team will also respond anywhere in the State if requested. BCSAR is a member of the five-agency-strong Butte Interagency Rescue Group (BIRG), which is comprised of Search and Rescue along with the four in-county fire agencies (Butte County Fire, Chico Fire, Oroville Fire, Paradise Fire). BIRG agencies train together and respond as a group to all technical rescues in the county, providing the fastest, most experienced and equipped response possible to those in need. BIRG specializes in Air Operations, Confined Space, Over-the-Edge Rescue, Dynamic and Static Water Rescue and Recovery, and Urban Disaster.
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First Responder EMS participates in A Diabetic Sweet-a-faire presented by Plazas of Sacramento:
Diabetes is a growing epidemic. The Plazas along with various healthcare professionals joined together to raise awareness, identify risk factors and educate seniors on how to live a healthy lifestyle. On June 17th, Greg Walker, Director of Education for First Responder EMS provided on-site blood pressure clinic for the Plaza's residents. "The Diabetic Sweet-a-faire is a great venue to raise awareness of Diabetes to the Carlton Plazas Senior Living community", Greg Walker said.
About Carlton Plaza of Sacramento:
Carlton Plaza of Sacramento offers Senior Independent Living at its finest. Conveniently situated on a shared campus with Carlton's Assisted Living Crown Plaza community, residents are offered a seamless continuum of care with the ability to age in place. Carlton Plaza, Senior Independent Living, takes pride in a reputation that is unsurpassed. It has the elegant feel of a "cruise-ship on land", with an extensive activities program, and an all-day dining room with delicious meals and snacks. Carlton Plaza is the perfect place for active seniors to call home. For seniors with specific care needs, comprehensive Assisted Living options are also available, including diabetes management. The "Our House" program offers specialized care in a quaint setting to those residents with memory related illnesses.
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First Responder EMS participates in Primrose's Senior Resource Fair:
Saturday, June 11th, at St. Anthony Parish on Florin Road, Primrose of Sacramento and St. Anthony Parish presented a free Senior Resource Fair. It was a fun and educational day for the approximately 500 people who showed up at the event. The event had a variety of free services offered, such as Blood Pressure Test, Memory Screenings, Legal Advice, Massage Therapy, Foot Checks, and Hearings Tests. Angela Vanella, (Business Development for First Responder) said, "What a great organized event that provides fun, education and free services for the Senior community of South Sacramento".
About Primrose Senior Living:
Primrose Alzheimer's Living, Inc. is a California corporation providing services to individuals with memory impairments. Primrose communities operate under a residential care facility for the elderly (RCFE) license which is sometimes referred to as an assisted living facility. Primrose, unlike other assisted living companies, focuses exclusively on adults who have Alzheimer's disease and related forms of dementia.. Services offered at Primrose communities include: residential care, respite care, hospice care and adult day care. Primrose has developed unique operational protocols to ensure quality of care for residents. Each community is directed by a management team of professionals. Training programs teaching the specifics of Alzheimer's care and behaviors are offered to all employees.
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First Responder EMS Sponsors The Walk'nRock For Kids at Raley Field:
Sunday, May 29th, at Raley Field in West Sacramento, The Walk'n Rock event kicked off with a morning 5K walk involving families, local businesses, walk teams and supporters. Participants walk and raise funds on behalf of our 2011 Nonprofit Partners and Nonprofit Affiliates. Later that evening, Hope Productions and their corporate partners hosted an exclusive VIP reception and a benefit concert featuring legendary rock band KISS which was open to the general public. Bob Slater, (Director of Business Development for First Responder EMS) said, "First Responder is proud to help sponsor such a great community event that raises money for so many non-profit groups within the Sacramento area".
About Hope Productions Foundation:
Hope Productions Foundation is a Sacramento-based 501(c)3 charitable organization providing support and training at no cost to charities serving children and youth. Services include leadership training and guidance for nonprofits to improve their marketing, fundraising, partnerships and board cultivation so they may become more efficient and increase their potential for long-term sustainability. Hope Productions Foundations 2011 Nonprofit Partners: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Sacramento, Inc., Cristo Rey High School, Keaton Raphael Memorial, Okizu, People Reaching Out, River Cats Foundation, Inc. and Wind Youth Services.
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Senator LaMalfa visits First Responder EMS in Chico for EMS Week:
Friday May 20 Senator Doug LaMalfa visited First Responder EMS in Chico in recognition of EMS week. The Senator enjoyed lunch with the Staff at First Responder.  Senator LaMalfa met with the staff at First Responder and thanked them for providing lifesaving care to those in need 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  Byron Parson (owner of First Responder) thanked the Senator for taking time to recognize the service that First Responder EMS provides to the Community of Butte County.
About Senator Doug LaMalfa:
Doug LaMalfa was elected to the State Assembly in 2002 and left in 2008 due to term limits. In 2010 he was elected to the 4th Senate District receiving more votes in than any other legislative candidate in the state.  The 4th Senate District covers a vast and predominantly rural area that encompasses 12 counties: Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Nevada, Placer, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity and Yuba Counties. Senate District 4 includes the most northern coastline in the state and follows the California-Oregon state line, then moves down the central portion of Northern California to just north of the greater Sacramento area. Due to its size, the district contains a diverse range of natural assets that include agriculture, water, forestry and environmental resources.
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THE 2ND ANNUAL PAWS, PALS & PUTTS GOLF TOURNAMENT
Monday May 9th First Responder EMS participated in a golf tournament at Del Paso Country Club presented by Hank Fisher Properties.   Proceeds from the tournament benefited the Sacramento SPCA's Senior Services program providing services to ensure the continued relationship between Sacramento area seniors and their pets.  Participants enjoyed a great lunch and dinner along with some beverages on the course.  Byron Parsons, Bob Slater, Tony Eason and Tim Pulley represented First Responder EMS in a scramble Tournament.   Byron Parsons, (Owner of First Responder EMS ) said, "It was a great way to support the efforts of Nancy Fisher to ensure the continued relationship between Sacramento area seniors and their pets".
About Sacramento SPCA:
The Sacramento Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) was established in 1894 and is dedicated to ensuring the humane treatment of all animals in the Sacramento area. We provide a safe and nurturing environment for unwanted, abandoned and mistreated pets until they can be placed into loving homes. Through proactive intervention, public education and community outreach, the Sacramento SPCA seeks to promote respect for all life by breaking the cycle of abuse, neglect and pet overpopulation in our communities.  These accomplishments happen without any government, state or city funding. The Sacramento SPCA is a local, independent non-profit organization and is supported through private contributions.
 
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First Responder EMS Sponsors the 21st Annual Heart Ball:
Saturday April 16 2011, First Responder EMS was a sponsor of the 21st Annual Heart Ball at the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento CA.  Participants of the event were treated to a live and silent auction and enjoyed fine foods and exceptional entertainment in an exquisite setting.  The 21st annual Heart Ball event raises over $250,000.00 for heart disease and stroke research and education.  Bob Slater (Director of Business Development for First Responder EMS) said, "First Responder EMS is honored to be involved with the American Heart Association efforts to raise money for the fight against (Heart Disease)".
About The American Heart Association:
The American Heart Association is committed to ongoing support of medical research to win the fight against heart disease and stroke.  American Heart Association-funded research has yielded such lifesaving discoveries as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), bypass surgery, pacemakers, artificial heart valves, microsurgery, life-extending drugs and gene therapy.  The mission at the American Heart Association is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. That single purpose drives all we do. The need for our work is beyond question.  The American Heart Association is the largest nonprofit voluntary health organization fighting heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.
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First Responder EMS Sponsors Tenth Annual Dispatcher Awards Dinner:
Thursday April 14 2011, The Chico Elks Lodge recognized the police, fire and EMS Dispatchers that serve the citizens of Butte County and honored a single dispatcher from each agency. Each agency honored a single dispatcher that was nominated by their peers as Dispatcher of the year. Bob Slater (Director of Business Development for First Responder EMS) honored Stacey Kloth as their Dispatcher of the year. Stacey is an extremely conscientious and dependable employee that provides exceptional service for First Responder and the public in which she serves and First Responder is proud to honor Stacey Kloth as our 2010 Dispatcher of the year", Bob Slater said.
About Chico Elks lodge:
The Chico Elks Lodge embraces the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to recognize a belief in God; to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its Members; to quicken the spirit of American patriotism; to cultivate good fellowship; to perpetuate itself as a fraternal organization, and to provide for its government, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America will serve the people and communities through benevolent programs, demonstrating that Elks Care and Elks Share.
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First Responder EMS Participates in Public Safety Display Field Trip Day:
Thursday April 14 2011, The Chico Elks Lodge hosted the police, fire and EMS agencies that serve the citizens of Butte County to showcase their agencies.  There were over 500 hundred school children in attendance.  The children were treated to hands on interactive displays, educational handouts and games.  On display was a bomb disposal robot, helicopter landings and take off, police dog demonstration and vehicle and service displays by Chico Police, Butte County Sheriff, Cal Fire, Chico Fire Department, and ambulance and paramedics from Enloe Hospital and First Responder EMS. "It was a great event put on by the community for the community in Butte County". Bob Slater (Director of Business Development for First Responder EMS) said.
About Chico Elks lodge:
The Chico Elks Lodge embraces the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to recognize a belief in God; to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its Members; to quicken the spirit of American patriotism; to cultivate good fellowship; to perpetuate itself as a fraternal organization, and to provide for its government, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America will serve the people and communities through benevolent programs, demonstrating that Elks Care and Elks Share.
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First Responder EMS Sponsors Laughing Matters Comedy Night at the Crest Theatre
Saturday, April 9th 2011, First Responder was a sponsor of Laughing Matters Comedy Night. Laughing Matters Comedy Night was an event hosted by the Blood Source to benefit UC Davis Children's Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the Foundation for America's Blood Centers. First Responder is proud to be a part of such an event that raises money for two organizations that contribute some much to the communities of Northern California" Byron Parsons (owner of First Responder) said.
About Blood Source:
Since their founding in 1948, Blood Source has been collecting blood donations and providing life-saving blood products to our communities and beyond.  Blood Source  is committed to doing what's right, a simple philosophy that has helped Blood Source grow from a single blood bank beneath  a water tower in Sacramento to one of the premier blood centers in the world.
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First Responder EMS Sponsors Serotonin Surge Spring Break 2011
Friday April 1st 2011, First Responder was a sponsor of Serotonin Surge Spring Break 2011.  Spring Break 2011 was a food, wine and fashion show fundraiser at Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa.  Spring Break 2011 raised over $300,000.00 for the following clinics and organization that serve the medically uninsured, Bayaniban Clinic, Clinic Tepali, ConnuniCare Health Centers, CSERF's Spirit Project, The Effort, Folsom Family Clinic, Health & Life Organization, (HALO), Imani Clinic, Joan Memorial Clinic, Mercy Clinic Loaves & Fishes, Mercy Clinic North highlands, Mercy Clinic Norwood Clinic, Paul horn Asian Clinic, White Rock Family Clinic and Willow Clinic.  Byron Parsons (Owner of First Responder EMS) said, "First Responder is excited to participate in an event that brings the community together to help fund the free clinics in the Sacramento Region".  Byron Parsons added "I would like to thank Dr. John Chuck, founder of Serotonin Surge, for his timeless commitment to funding of our community's safety net, free clinics".
About: Serotonin Surge
Serotonin Surge Charities is an all-volunteer public benefit 501(c) (3) non-profit organization founded in 1999 to raise money for health care related causes. Serotonin is the "good feeling" brain chemical and our mission is to make people feel great about using their time, talents, and wealth to help others in need.  Serotonin Surge Charities are always looking for newer and better ways to leverage volunteerism and collaboration to make this world a better place to live.  To date they have raised over $1.6 million for our recipient charities through our annual golf tournament and food & wine festival. In the future, they would like to expand their menu of fundraising events, increase their opportunities for volunteers, and offer internships for people interested in making a positive difference in their communities.