Fellow Members : During the month of October, we will be selling raffle tickets for a Schwinn Cutstomized Beach Cruiser Bicycle. This bicycle is hand painted / pinstriped. It comes with custom elevated handle bars, leather bike seat, and red wall tires with custom made rims. Tickets will be available for the entire duration of October and a winning ticket will be drawn on or shortly after Halloween. Tickets will be $5.00 ea. and can be purchased from any of the union executive board members starting October 1, 2016.
We would like to extend our gratitude to everyone who participated in The 1st Annual You're Knott Alone Golf Outing on September 16, 2016 at Berkshire Hills Golf Course. We had a great turnout for golf during the day and an even better turnout for dinner and entertainment in the evening. All of the proceeds that we raised from this event will help fund future training for CISM certifications and a Peer Support Group. This will help ensure that First Responders will receive the proper care and ability to speak with trained personell that work in the field alongside these First Responders. We would also like to thank everyone that donated door prizes for the raffle and each of the hole sponsors. We could not have done this without everyone that particapated and helped out and for that, we are greatful.
From jump starting a heart to filling a patient's lungs with oxygen, we have an extraordinary impact on people's lives. As health care providers in the City of Cleveland, we touch people's lives in more ways than just from the medical perspective. From the smile that stays on your face after laughing with that spunky 90 year old to the high five given to the child you just made feel special, we impact people's lives on a daily basis. Saving someone's life is an amazing feeling but so is leaving a positive footprint. We are lifesavers, counselors, child care providers, and sometimes just a friend to talk to. Each aspect of our job is rewarding. When you know you made someone's emergency more bearable, when that family thanks you with a hug, when you get heart felt recognition from the ones you have helped, that is filling beyond words. We want to commend each and everyone of our co-workers for that little extra you give to make someone's experience with us better. We all know we don't save lives everyday but we do leave positive footprints and memories that our patients will treasure forever.
We cannot thank you enough for going above and beyond the call of duty.
- The Executive Board.
Biometric Health Screenings
Fellow Members, this is a list of the dates and times as well as the location of the biometric health screenings that the City of Cleveland will provide for the second quarter of 2016. You may attend any one of the following or go to your own Primary Care Physician for the health screening. If you go to your own PCP, please remember that they must fill out the biometric health screening form that is available. After you have completed the health screening, make sure you go online and fill out the Health Risk Assessment . This will save you 4% on your health insurance coverage for 2017!!!
National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week 2016
This Week we celebrate National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. We cannot thank all of our EMDs up at the Red Center for all the hard work and long hours that they put in each and every day 24/7/365. Remember, our patients cannot receive our help in the field without the help of our EMDs first, and we thank you for that!!!
Mental Health Survey
Fellow CARE Members,
In the next few days, we will be sending out a Mental Health Survey to all of our members to help improve our battle against PTSD. We are always seeing things that the average person does not see and are expected to just continue on with our jobs. Studies are showing that EMS personnell have some of the largest numbers of employees that suffer from PTSD and mental illness. This will be an anonymous survey and all that will be seen is the results. Your name and email will remain completely anonymous and will not be visible to anyone. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE take the time to fill out this survey as it is imperative that we have the numbers to back up some of the Language we are adding to the upcoming contract. The survey will be sent out via a Hyperlink in an email from the Union. Please make sure that Marilyn has your most current email address as this will be the one used to send out the survey.
Please join us in welcoming your new Director Matt Sykes to the executive board.
Please join us in mourning the loss of a 20 year veteran Latino Knotts. Keep the Knotts family in your thoughts and prayers during this time.
Acting Commissioner Carlton is looking for pictures of our members to hang in HQ to celebrate our 40th anniversary. The photos should be of yourself, with your family, your spouse, significant other, friends, pets, or anything that may respresent you as a unique person. Please email the photos to Sgt. Schneider at
Cleveland EMS Today
Cleveland EMS is staffed with, on average, 200 professionals who run 18 state-of-the-art advanced life support ambulances handling over 105,000 emergency calls annually. The
dispatch center is now run locally with certified Emergency Medical Dispatchers trained on a Computer Aided Dispatching system which allows for call prioritizing, pre-arrival instructions, and the
tracking of ambulances and support vehicles.
Cleveland EMS History
Cleveland's Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Division was one of the country's first. Prior to its formation, police cars were used for emergency hospital transportation. A federal grant enabled the City to purchase a dozen ambulances and train 120 Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT's).
EMS Medic 9 (based out of University Hospitals at that time) responded to its first call at 9:00 am on October 13th, 1975. Cleveland EMS handled over 80,000 emergency calls that year. At that time, a central dispatch center received nationwide 911 calls which were then routed to the appropriate cities.
Advances in medicine, technology, education and training allowed the division to make major improvements. Public awareness grew as people recognized that EMS services were increasing survival rates for the critically sick and injured.