for MFR Agencies
Effective October 17, 2014 the entire EHS system will have been fully migrated to the new TMR2 system. The fire service is slated to migrate starting in November 2014 and ending late February 2015.
Because EHS and the fire service will be operating on two different TMR systems, EHS will have to patch the four MFR talkgroups together and bridge them to the TMR2 system. What the fire service can expect is essentially a “Party Line” between all four MFR talkgroups. This patch will have to stay in place until the entire fire service is migrated to TMR2. The patch is anticipated to run from October 11, 2014 to the end of February 2015.
Please use the MFR talkgroups as you have done in the past. You can expect to hear increased traffic as you will now hear all MFR agencies from around the province.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mike Lockett at
902-532-8280 or email@example.com
Documentation Replacing Triage
Starting in the Fall of 2014 and continuing through the Winter of 2014 / 2015 MFR Services will be phasing in Documentation in place of Triage as a mandatory session.This change is imperative if we want the MFR program to grow and develop into the important community resource it is intended to be. Every opportunity will be taken to present a Documentation course along with another essential competency whenever possible.
MFR Report Cards
As of the first week of July 2014, the annual MFR Report Cards were mailed out. If you haven't received or seen yours yet, please check with your Chief.
These reports are indicative of how well you have been doing with sending in your PCRs after a call. Please keep in mind the statistics are for the previous calendar year. In order for the MFR program to advance we need to know what types of calls agencies are responding to, how many times they're stood down, and especially how many cardiac calls; there will be future audits done on these.
Any agency who has a PCR compliance of over 75% will also have received a plaque for their department.
If you have any questions regarding these reports, you can contact Barb Eld at firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcoming Mike Lockett to the EHS MFR Department
Dale Bartlett and Phil Stewart are pleased to announce Michael Lockett will be joining the System Support Dept. for a 12 month term in the position of MFR Coordinator commencing May 20th, 2014.
Mike will be responsible for the over sight management of the provincial EHS Medical First Response program pertaining to System Support & Logistics replacing Paul Maynard who is being seconded to the TMR 2 Project.
Mike comes to us from the Western Region where he has served as an ICP as well as various other roles in Operations; Mike is also a long time volunteer Fire Fighter in his community.
Please join us in welcoming Mike to the Redstone office.
Recent Philips FRx Heartstart Notification
The attached information letter was issued by Phillips Canada in relation to the Heartstart FRx AEDs issued to the MFR agencies in Nova Scotia. Although it is referred to as a “recall”, it is simply a clarification of the user manual and requires no action on your part. Please see the following memo from Philips. Philips FRx & HS1 AED
Clinical Advisory Memo
Please read the following memo from Provincial Medical Director Andrew Travers regarding the use of administering oxygen to patients and the management of cutaneous burns. Clincial Advisory - April 25 2014
Epi-Pen Pilot Project Commences
We are pleased to announce that a one year extended scope of practice for the use of epi-pens has commenced for 6 MFR Agencies in Nova Scotia. The pilot project will provide MFRs, who have been appropriately trained, to assist with the administration of this medication. MFRs in the selected agencies will undergo a training workshop which will enable them to identify the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis and assist the patient with the delivery of the medication epinephrine in a safe and effective manner. The project will be reviewed in November 2014 with possible extension to other agencies.
Pictured are EHS MFR Facilitators Megan Oickle, Laura Mather and Coordinator Paul Maynard presenting Katie Baker of the Big Tancook Island Emergency Response Association with the first set of epi-pens for the clinical trial.
New levels of service now available
If you find your department is not satisfied with the number of calls they may or may not be receiving, please see the attached letter detailing the newest levels of service available for you to choose from. MFR New Levels of Service
Memo from Dr. Andrew Travers - Glucometers
Please see read this important memo from Dr. Andrew Travers, Provincial Medical Director with respect to the use of glucometers by MFRs. MFR Glucometer Memo - 2013
NEW Dust Cover and ring for new Oxygen Cylinders
Please see this important memo regarding changes to dust covers on oxygen cylinders. Technical Services Bulletin-MFR
Insurance coverage for EHS registered Medical First Responders
Read important information about insurance coverage for EHS registered MFRs in the Newsroom .
Quik Combo Adapter makes Philips FRx compatible with LP12
We are receiving excellent feedback from our EHS MFR Agencies with respect to the new Philips FRx AED device. Pictured below is the Quik Combo Adapter Model 05-10000, which is clipped to the LP12 therapy-pouch in every EHS ambulance, thereby providing compatibility of the Philips pads in use with the LP12.
Are you looking for refresher training?
The calendar on the left indicates upcoming events. To view the complete list and details, select "Training Calendar" in the menu or click on the date in the calendar itself which will direct you to that page and content.
If your MFR agency wants to arrange a refresher training session, contact the EHS MFR Services office and we can connect you with a volunteer MFR Facilitator in your area.
On the EHS Medical First Responders website you will find:
- General information on the EHS MFR program
- Criteria & Application for EHS MFR Sponsorship
- EHS MFR Binder
- Program Documents and Mandatory Essential Competencies
- Important correspondence to registered EHS MFR agencies
- Contact information for EHS MFR Services
- Links to other useful websites
www.ehsmfr.ca is designed to be user-friendly and provide up-to-date information about the EHS Emergency Health Service Medical First Response program. We hope that you will visit this site on a regular basis to view updated information.
EHS MFR Services appreciates your comments on the EHS Medical First Response program and this website. We invite you to contact us at (902) 832-8620 or email@example.com.