2020 Election Results
We ask that every time a CEMS member treats a suspected CoVID-19 patient that they take the the time after the call to fill out the On-Duty injury tab on our website.
This applies even if a member does not fill out an exposure packet. By filling out this tab with every encounter, you help us create a written record of all potential encounters.
During our January 2020 membership meetings we conducted a vote of No Confidence in Cleveland EMS Commissioner Nicole Carlton. The motion passed with 187 members voting No Confidence and 1 member opposing the measure. At the time of the vote CARE had 254 members, which means that 66 eligible members did not participate. This means that 74% of CARE members voted No Confidence, 0.004% opposed the measure, and 26% did not take part in the vote.
Click on the PDF below to see the formal articles of No Confidence
in order to better address issues within the Cleveland EMS fleet, the Executive board has created a new e-mail specifically for vehicle issues. In the event of ANY vehicle failure or maintenance issue, please take the following steps:
We have received official notice that the Frank G. Jackson Administration has decided to file an appeal with the 8th District Court of Appeals and will not be settling the EMS contract at this time.
If we had to describe the current mood of the membership, we would have to use words such as outraged and furious. We have been patient, played by the rules, undergone a mediation and arbitration, and finally seen that arbitration upheld when contested in Common Pleas court. Clearly, this administration, specifically Mayor Jackson, Acting Chief of Staff Dumas, and Commissioner Carlton, does not care about the 266 EMS providers who have continued to provide exemplary prehospital care without interruption throughout this entire 4 year process.
We have been truly touched by the hundreds of family members, concerned citizens, and public safety professionals from across the nation, who have written in and shown up to support us over the past week. We are disappointed that the administration has shown such callous disregard for your thoughts and opinions. This is especially egregious, because while several City Council members have taken the time to send a reply to those who wrote in, to our knowledge, not a single city official has responded to any of the messages that were sent.
Our members deserve to have the city recognize mental health as a form of on-duty injury. Our dispatchers deserve a reasonable shift schedule. Our members deserve the pattern raises that have been awarded to every other bargaining unit and city council years ago. Our residents deserve to have their tax dollars spent in a responsible manner, rather than squandered on endless legal battles. Finally, the voters of Cleveland deserve the improvements to EMS service that they were promised when they approved the Issue 32 tax increase.
To put it simply, we believe our that both our members and anyone who depends on EMS deserves better.
On December 13, the honorable Judge Michael Russo struck down the city’s motion to vacate our arbitration award. According to this ruling, CARE members are now owed a contract that includes mental health support, star days, better shifts for EMD's, and the increased wages afforded through pattern bargaining. Since the decision was announced, the city has made no movement to enforce the esteemed Judges ruling. In fact, the city has recently informed our attorney that they plan to appeal the court’s decision. It goes without saying that better wages and working conditions are badly needed in this division. Furthermore, we strongly believe that an appeal may deal a crippling blow to the Division of EMS.
The Jackson Administration still refuses to settle the 2016 contract that will provide Mental Health accommodations for EMS providers. It is critical that EMS personnel have access to mental health services and a formal mental health policy.
Please e-mail the policymakers listed below to make them aware of the importance of this issue.
Mayor's Action Center: Mayorsactioncenter@city.cleveland.oh.us
Law Director Barbara Langhenry: BLanghenry@city.cleveland.oh.us
Safety Director Michael McGrath: MMcGrath@city.cleveland.oh.us
HR Manager Nycole West: NWest@city.cleveland.oh.us
Finance Director Sharon Dumas: Sdumas@city.cleveland.oh.us
Chief of Affairs Valarie McCall: email@example.com
City Council members:
If you are unsure what to say, a sample letter is available below:
To the policymakers of Cleveland,
I am writing today to express outrage that the Jackson Administration still has not settled the 2016 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with CARE Local 1975, the paramedics union. Since March 2016, CARE has negotiated in good faith and within the collective bargaining process to improve the working conditions for its members. During this process, CARE has engaged in a mediation, binding arbitration, and seen the arbitration upheld when challenged in court.
This CBA is critical, because for the first time, it would provide mental health protections to EMS personnel. Due to the nature of their jobs and the traumatic events they witness, EMS providers are 2-3 times more likely to commit suicide than the general public. I am astounded that the City of Cleveland continues to wage an expensive legal battle against mental health protections for those who are there for us in our worst hour.
Please note that wage increases are not a point of contention. The wage increases have already been determined by pattern bargaining with other unions. That said, because the CBA remains in dispute, EMS personnel have not seen the aforementioned wage increases afforded to other city workers. This has greatly affected the ability of the Division of EMS to retain experienced providers, with over 40 employees (13% of divisional staff) resigning from EMS in 2019 alone. In addition, while EMS received approval to hire 30 new paramedics, very few applied and only 5 made it through the cadet academy. A living wage is crucial to recruit new EMTs, paramedics, and dispatchers to the Division of EMS and maintain enough staff to respond to emergencies.
I urge you to reach out to Jackson Administration and encourage them to drop all challenges and settle the CBA with CARE Local 1975 immediately. Our EMS providers deserve nothing less.
Congratulations to Doug Sternik and Mike Stewart on their retirement. We appreciate your inspiring dedication and service to the community. You have touched many lives and have earned the respect of many. Your experience, wisdom, and kindness will be sorely missed. We wish you the best of luck
Class A Uniform Sharing
Click HERE to access a shared spreadsheet to coordinate the sharing of Class A Uniforms.
Regional Protocol Airway
September 2019 Inservice
Sept 9th 1300
Sept 10th 0900
Sept 11th 0900
Sept 12th 1300
Sept 16th 1300
Sept 17th 0900
Sept 18th 0900
Sept 19th 1300
Sept 23rd 0900
Sept 24th 0900
Sept 25th 1300
Sept 26th 1300
Please contact Sgt. Peter Garver to schedule at 216.664.2970 or firstname.lastname@example.org
June 2019 Inservice
Trauma Overview with Dr Brian Miller
Thursdays in June
June 6th at 1300
June 13th at 1300
June 20th at 0900
June 27th at 0900
MAY 2019 Field In-service:
May 1 at 0900
May 8 at 0900
May 15 at 1300
May 22 at 1300
MAY 2019 Red Center In-service
May 15 at 1530
May 16 at 0830
May 17 at 1530
May 20 at 0830
May 21 at 1530
May 22 at 0830
Wear uniforms for photos
Attention All Members,
There was miscommunication with May in-service information. When you attend May 2019 In-Service, wear Class C uniform, which is your everyday polo shirts. DO NOT WEAR THE BABY BLUE BUTTON DOWNS FOR MAY IN-SERVICE 2019. You will need to bring your ballistic vest as stated.
One more time - WEAR REGULAR, EVERYDAY POLO TO IN-SERVICE IN MAY 2019.
Cleveland Public Safety In-Service
0900 hours on May 1 & May 9, 2019
1300 hours on May 15 & May 22, 2019
All in-services held at HQ
June 2017 is PTSD Awareness Month. We care about the mental and physical health of our members, and have been working hard to establish a peer support program. In the near future, we will have peer counselors as part of our support program.
After each in-service in June, members will be invited to attend a voluntary, brief informational session regarding the mental health issues of first responders. These sessions will also include information on the C.A.R.E. Peer Support Program, on the application process to become a C.A.R.E. Peer Support Team Member, and on the requirements to become a Peer Support Counselor.
We understand that each of you have very busy lives and that it may not be possible for you to attend this voluntary informational session. Therefore, the documents that will be provided at the voluntary session are below and available to download. Even if you have no interest in becoming a Peer Team Member, we ask that you take the time to nominate members you believe would be good in this role.
If you have any questions, please contact Jon Wearstler or Matt Sykes.
October Red Center Inservice
Mapping, Radio Refresher, and Manual Dispatch
October 23 and 25 at 15:30
October 24 and 26 at 08:30
Please schedule your inservice by contacting Sergeant Garcia or Sergeant Dennis
Copies of the protocol may now be obtained from the Education Department
Please contact Sergeant Mike Catacutan to sign up for a session: 216 664 6026 or email@example.com
All inservices are at 1300 hrs.
September Red Center Inservice
Pro Qa updates and Sharepoint
Sept 17, 18, 19 at 15:30
Sept 19 and 21, at 08:30
Please schedule your inservice by contacting Sergeant Garcia or Sergeant Dennis
Copies of the protocol may now be obtained from the Education Department
Uniforms are mandatory, updated divisional photos will be taken.
Safety equipment audit will also be undertaken. Please bring all safety gear.
Please contact Sergeant Mike Catacutan to sign up for a session: 216 664 6026 or firstname.lastname@example.org
All inservices are at 1300 hrs.
Travis Gullett MD, Metrohealth
Wenesday July 18th at 9:00 AM
Thursday July 19th at 1:00 PM
Monday July 23rd at 9:00 AM
Wenesday July 25th at 1:00 PM
CARE was honored to be invited to the Ward 5 festival where our members provided community outreach by teaching bleeding control skills to attendees. We will be conducting similar outreach at the Open Streets events on July 29th from 1-5 PM on MLK Blvd North of University Circle, and On August 18th from 1-5pm on West 25th in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood. To volunteer for these events email director Sharon Kaleal at email@example.com.
"Death in the Prehospital Setting and Crime-Scene
Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office
Friday, June 1st at 9:00 AM
Friday, June 8th at 9:00 AM
Wenesday, June 13th at 9:00 AM
Friday June 29th at 9:00 AM
A special thank you to all who took the time to celebrate EMS week 2018 with us. To our members, know that we appreciate all that you do every week of the year, not just EMS week
Pictures will be added as they become available. Have a picture you would like to share? e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
See more about EMS week 2018 in this EMSWORLD.com story.
On June 27th and 28th 2018 at 1pm Director Sharon Kaleal will be organizing an EMS playdate for those with young children at Lakewood park. email Skaleal@care1975.com for more info
The Ohio Police and Fire Games are coming to Canton, Ohio the week of June 10 - 15, 2018. President Melhuish has reached out to this organization, and they confirmed that CARE 1975 EMTs and Paramedics, CEMS support staff, and spouses are eligible to compete in these games. The purpose of these games is to support physical and mental fitness of Ohio's active and retired personnel by promoting physical fitness and sport. This is a great event with lots of fun.
If you intend to sign up for the event, please advise Director Sharon Kaleal email@example.com. For more info or to sign up, check out
the website at: https://www.ohiopoliceandfireg
Christmas will be held DECEMBER 02,2017 at Lago downtown Eastbank of the Flats again this year. If you attended the event last year you know how well the event went. So pass the word we would like to see you there this year. Hotel and transportation services to be given later.
Thanks to all the volunteers for helping on Saturday, June 3, 2017 for helping out with the city of Cleveland's Safety Fair. This year's successful Fair saw the Cleveland Association of Rescue Employees, ILA Local 1975 give away over 300 bicycle helmets to boys and girls of all ages at Michael Zone Recreation Center.
Thanks to all who came to the Union Membership meetings in January. Nominations were made this month and will be voted on in March.
Nominees are as follows:
President - Daniel Nemeth, Paul Melhuish, and Timothy Sommerfelt
Second Vice President - Matthew Sykes, Mark Barrett, and Desmond Anderson
Secretary - Marilyn Vasicek
Director - Desmond Anderson and Sharon Kaleal
There was a motion made by Mark Barrett which will also be voted on in March:
The Executive Board Members salaries shall be increased by $100 for each position each month and to re-visit that amount after 1 year.
Currently Executive Board Members monthly salaries are $300 for President, $275 for 1st Vice, $250 for 2nd Vice, $175 for Secretary, $100 for Treasurer, and $75 for Director and Sgt. At Arms. Our salary has not had an increase since we were established in 1975.
There was also a discussion about bringing back Union Stewards and we think that is a great idea. So, if anyone is interested in volunteering to be a Union Steward, please let us know via our website. Please know that the Stewards are not paid and are selected by the Union President and may be given tasks by Board Members to help with certain projects or events. This is a great way to get more involved and we can certainly use the help.
Lastly, the money in the hopper was set at $550 this month, which you can win just by showing up at one of the meetings in that month. The number chosen belonged to Mark McMahon, he unfortunately is not eligible to win the money due to he did not attend a Union Meeting this month. Sorry Mark!
We will send out reminders for the next Union Meetings in March.
As our 25 and Out initiative moves forward,
House Bill 486 will have its first critical committee meeting this Wednesday, March 7. This is an important next step which CARE is looking for everyone to help out and come pack the room with
supporters. Lunch and transportation will be provided for those able to give their time. The more there - the better we will look.
COMMITTEE: Aging and Long Term Care
CHAIR: Steven M. Arndt
WHEN: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
TIME: 1530 hrs
WHERE: Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215
ROOM: State House Room 122
Accordingly we'll be adjusting our Union Meetings and General Elections this Wednesday and Thursday to accommodate. The Union Hall will now be open for voting at 0800 hrs on Wednesday, March 7th & Thursday, March 8th - and will remain open until 2130 hrs both days - to allow as many different members from day or night shift and Red Center the opportunity to vote.
The Wednesday 1230 hrs meeting will be moved to 1030, and will conclude by 1200 hrs in order for our membership to leave for Columbus.
We will then carpool down to Columbus for the 1530 hrs meeting. We will return to the Union Hall by 2000 hrs for the evening meeting. Thursdays meeting will remain the same at 1930 hrs with voting being open all day from 0800-2130 hrs.
Updated schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Again, this is your opportunity to get actively involved with your retirement future. Please join us on Wednesday - on this important day for CARE membership.
Congratulations to the Cleveland Emergency Medical Service Academy Class of 2017-1.
The Academy graduated 19 Paramedics and 8 Emergency Medical Technicians, following an intense 14 week academy class which challenged the cadets academically, physically and emotionally.
These 27 men and women are now working individually with Field Training Officers - work side by side with the FTO and their partners for the next 3-8 weeks. This ride time is to prepare them to join the field staff.
The graduates are the first of two classes to be hired as a result of the additional funding coming into the City of Cleveland via the voter approved income tax increase.
CEMS is expected to hire as many as 100 new EMT's and Paramedics in this expansion - increasing the number of ALS ambulances from 18 to 25 by 2018.
The Cleveland Association of Rescue Employees, ILA Local 1975 welcomes these new recruits and looks forward to their joining the team.
Stair Climb Race & Walk to benefit Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland // 42 Floors! 802 Steps!
DATE: Saturday, February 3, 2018 // 8am-1pm
PLACE: NEW LOCATION!! Terminal Tower at Tower City Center 848 Public Square Cleveland, OH 44113
Stair Climb - Timed (42 Floors)
Stair Climb - Fun Walk (42 Floors)
Kids Climb - Fun Run/Walk (10 Floors) Ages 10 & Under Only
We are looking for volunteers and participants to help again with this fun event. If you are interested, please email Director Desmond Anderson at Danderson@care1975.com by 1/30/18. Let's see if we can top last years number of volunteers.
Tickets and reservations for the party must be made by November 24, 2017.
If you are interested in staying overnight at the Aloft, which would be December 2, please reserve by November 17, 2017. The information needed to make reservations at the Aloft is below:
Group Code: CL02AC
Group Name: CARE/Local 1975 or Local 1975?CARE. (The Code does not work online)
Toll Free: 855-811-0037.
Rate: $129.00 plus tax. Rate is valid until 11/17/17.
If you are interested in attending the party, please contact Director Desmond Anderson at 216-406-4945 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the date! The 2017 Chili Cook off to benefit Make A Wish is set for Saturday, September 16 from 2pm to 7pm at Rivals Sports Grille.
Paramedics and EMT's from Cleveland EMS will be competing against members of area fire departments and local nurses to be the Chili Cook Off Champion of 2017.
Rivals is located at 6710 Smith Rd. in Middleburg Hts. Tickets are $15 adults, $5 kids over 5 yrs, Free for kids under 5.
Come join the fun with your favorite first responders from Cleveland EMS. There will be plenty of food, live music and cold drinks for all!
Attention A Shifters! Sunday, September 17 (A Shift off) from 12 noon to 2100 hrs. Come join us for the end of summer fun!
Valley View Woods Park, 13005 Schreiber Rd., Valley View 44125
Building on the success of last years' inaugural event, CARE Local 1975 is excited to present the 2nd Annual Golf Outing on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at Berkshire Hills Country Club.
Funds raised will be used toward awareness and peer support training programs to assist our First Responders and their family members with personal, one-to-one support and referral during their time of personal or professional difficulty
Online registration above for players/teams
Further questions contact:
Daniel Nemeth 216-543-9066 Matt Sykes 440-543-9067 Des Anderson 216-406-4945
Downloadable flyer is below...
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!!!
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.
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.
The 2017 St Patrick's Day Parade will be held Friday March 17, 2017. We are still looking for members to march in the parade. Would like for those who are marching to wear your Class A uniforms if you do not have a Class A uniform and would still like to march contact a board member we may have an extra uniform for you to borrow. Everyone is required to wear a hat with pin.
Below you will find all of the news that was once listed on the home page in the order in which it was removed. It will be posted on this page once it is removed from the home page.
C.A.R.E. I.L.A. Local 1975 President Dan Nemeth visited the studios of 98.5 WNCX to recognize and show appreciation the the Men and Women of Cleveland EMS
Congratulations to Mark Angell for winning the 2015 Chili Cook Off.
Executive Board members will be collecting minimum donations of $5 for a project by C.A.R.E. and UH to provide bike helmets to kids. We will be purchasing the helmets at the discounted rate of $10 a piece and we are hoping to buy 100 helmets. Any donation will accepted and appreciated.
A Bill has been introduced by Congessman Stephen Lynch to start a national EMS memorial for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. We are asking that you take a minute and use the link below to contact your congressperson and representatives, and show your support for this important Bill.
The Annual Indians outing will be August 28th and 29th 19:00 both days.
Discount tickets are avaiable at $21 upper box and $31 lower box.
Unfortunately the Indians are currently unable to offer discount tickets on their website.
Order forms should be available at all bases, if there are not any there please contact
Juan Cancel 216-664-6010
Mark Angell 440-336-1312
Order forms need to be faxed or emailed in.
Congratulations to Ryan Meyers on being this month's membership meeting raffle winner.Ryan won a $40 gift certificate to The Southside by simply showing up to the meeting. Everyone who shows up to general membership meetings is entered into the raffle for each month's meetings.
Thank you to all of those who came to the Gladiators Game to help kick off EMS week.
The Terminal Tower will be lit in green and blue for EMS week beginning May 18th.
Congratulations to John Tomlinson on the birth of his daughter Fallon Noelle. Mom and baby are doing well, please congratulate him when you see him.
Congratulations to Charles Cali on the the birth of his daughter Henley Marie. Please congratulate him when you see him.
Congratulations to Mackenzie Richards-Veccia on the birth of her daughter Brooklynn. Mom and baby are doing well. Please congratulate her when you see her.
Congratulations to Donald Crocker on the birth of his son, Mark Lucas Crocker. Please congratulate him when you see him.
The dates and times for the May Meeting have been rescheduled
May 27th 12:30 and 19:30
May 28th 19:30
All meetings held at the Tremont Hall.
Please join us in celebrating the 41st annual National EMS Week May 17th-23rd 2015
One of our Union brothers, John Tomlinson,
is going through a
difficult time with the sudden passing of his Father. Unfortunately, the family does not have the money for the burial, so they set up a fund to help raise the money, www.gofundme.com/upqtcw.
Please offer your condolences to John.
The family will be holding a Celebration of life and would welcome friends to come.
New Russia Township Hall
46300 Butternut Ridge Rd.
Oberlin, OH 44074
Tuesday May 26th, 2015
Please remember with pride and gratitude all who gave their lives to defend our freedom and liberty. I hope our day is filled with memories and peace. Happy Memorial Day! Be safe!!
Please join us May 18th at 20:00 at Town Hall on W. 25th for the lighting of The Terminal Tower for EMS week.
Please join us in welcoming Jonathan Wearstler to the Executive Board in the position of Sergeant at Arms.
Congratulations to a real EMS dinosaur Edward "Ted" Stockwell on his retirement.
Please join us in celebrating National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week !
Cleveland EMS dispatchers are some of the finest in the country and deserve way more credit and appreciation than they receive. Thank you for everything you do !
You are invited to attend the 148th St. Patrick's Day Parade on Tuesday March 17th.
Personnel must be in Class A's or long sleeve dress uniforms with a tie.
Please meet next to our ambulance at E 18th and Superior at 12:30.
Family members are welcome to march with uniformed personnel.
If you plan on marching you MUST contact Director Koons Medic 7 A-nights
This year's nominations are in.
1st Vice President; Daniel Nemeth is running unopposed
Treasurer; Sharon Kaleal is running unopposed
Sergeant at Arms;
Voting for the these board positions will be held at the March meeting.
No one is in the need of a reminder of how stressful our jobs can be. The long hours, night shift, weekends, holidays, being in the truck the whole shift, eating on the run, limited down time, the ligths and sirens, and that doesn't even start to talk about the actual calls we go on. EMS is a stressful life and lifestyle, but we can reduce our stress. No one needs to go through it alone. Remember to take care of yourself and your union brothers. There are outlets for your stress, if you are in need talk to someone, talk to your partner, ease at work, a board member, a union brother, a supervisor, or anyone you trust. Below is a link for an article about EMS stress.
Ease at Work 216.241.3273
"Safety is something that happens between your ears, not something you hold in your hands."
Tackle The Tower is coming on February 7th. $25 includes the race, a t-shirt, food and fun.
Sergeant at Arms Dan Nemeth is starting up a "supporting care" program. Details are still being worked out, but we are looking for volunteers, and suggestions for the program. The program will be designed to help out our co-workers and their families in their time of need. This could inlcude taking someone to doctor appointents, grocery shopping, running errands, helping with yard work, helping with pets, or just spending quality time with them.
We are forming a list of volunteers/co-workers that want to help. We will need your name, your shift, contact information, and any time restrictions you have. If you are interested or have any input please fill out the form below, all information given will solely be used for this program.
You may also contact Dan Nemeth with questions email@example.com or 216-253-6522
Thank you to all of those who participated in the 50/50 raffle and helped us raised over $500 for Ronald McDonald House. The Grand Prize winner was Greg Richards. Other winners were Juan Cancel, Geoffrey Nasynnik, Mayra Valentino, Doug Green, and Donald Crocker.
C.A.R.E.'s day at Ronald McDonald House was a success. We prepared lunch for the patients and their families. Thank to all of those who came out and lended a hand. Thank you to Jeffrey Koons for setting up the opportunity. A very special thank you to Sharon Kaleil for doing all the prepping, shopping, and coordinating to make the day great.
Thank you to all of those who showed up and supported our Brothers in Blue at the Sea of Blue Rally in Public Square on December 27th. A very special thank you to all of retired and former CARE members who showed their support.
Happy New Year Everyone!
Thank you for doing your part in handling
109,045 calls for help in 2014!
Our Brothers in Blue are asking for our support. Sea of Blue Support Rally is this Saturday December 27th Noon-1:30pm on Public Square. Please come out, bring your family and friends, and support CPD. They are asking participants to wear blue in support. There will be buses running back and forth from West Park Station and the CPPA hall from 10:30am until after the rally is over.
C.A.R.E. will be leading a helping hand at Ronald McDonald House on Monday December 15th. We will be preparing lunch for the patients and their families. If interested please contact Herb DelValle 216-543-9067 firstname.lastname@example.org or Sharon Kaleil 216-408-4647 email@example.com
We will also be making donations to Ronald McDonald House through the form of gifts. Click the link below to see the wish list, any donations can be given to any Board Member including Paul Melhuish at HQ.
There is a 50/50 raffle for the Holiday Party. Proceeds will benefit Ronald McDonald House. There will also be other prizes and gift cards. Tickets are $5 for 1 or $20 for 5. Please see Jeff Koons or any other Board Member for tickets. Grand Prize drawing will be on December 13 at the party.
C.A.R.E./Local ILA will be hosting their Holiday Party at Lincoln Park Pub on December 6th and 13th both beginning at 19:30. All are welcome, current and former members, and their friends and family.
Draft beer will provided. Other drink and food specials will be available.
Lincoln Park Pub
2609 W 14th St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
Cleveland EMS is now hiring EMT-B's and Paramedics. Please tell any potential employees to contact Sergeant McCue firstname.lastname@example.org or at 216-664-2555
Please contact the payroll line and leave a message for any of your payroll issues at
The current contract is now available. If you have not recieved a copy please contact secretary Vasicek to be added to the union email list or click on the "current contract / constitution" tab to request a copy.
The November meeting dates are set for Wednesday the 19th at 12:30 and 19:30 and Thursday the 20th at 19:30.
All meetings will be held at the union hall, 2537 Professor Ave.
Larry Cazmair Heczko
Larry "Gomer" Heczko, a 23 year veteran of Avon Lake FD, will be remembered at
Busch Funeral Home 163 Avon-Beldin Rd. Avon Lake
on Tuesday November 18th 14:00-20:00.
Wednesday October 8th at 13:00 in City Council Chamber the CEMS class 2014-1 will be graduating. The graduation is open to the public and all CEMS employees are invited to attend.
Contract negotiations are now over. The new contract will be signed and available soon.
C.A.R.E. will be participating in a chili cook-off fundraiser along with firefighters from 24 Ohio fire departments on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from noon until 5:00 p.m. Local 1975 will be making 15 gallons of chili to compete at "The Famous Rivals Firefighter Chili Cook-off". Attendees, with a $10 donation, can enjoy all the chili that they can eat, enjoy music from Cleveland Firefighters Memorial Pipes and Drums, and cast a vote for your favorite chili. All net proceeds will go to the families of two Toledo firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty in January 2014. Attached are two flyers with more information about this event. If anyone is interested, please contact Jeff Koons at 216-392-2936
We are currently in contract/intergration negotiations with the city. If you have any questions/comments please contact any member of the executive board.
MHM is conducting a survey. They want your input. "What gets measured, gets improved".
Metro is looking for the input of all the surrounding EMS systems who transport there. As you know no one transports there more than we do, so let's have our voices heard.
The survey is completely anonymous and could be very helpful improving our experience at MHM.
Congratulations to the winners of the EMS week raffle
1st Dan Nemeth
2nd Jim Harter
3rd Lisa Melhuish
4th Tony Sessin
Thank you to all who participated and helped support such a worthy cause.
July membership meetings are July 16th @ 12:30 and 19:30, July 17th @ 19:30.Removed 08-17-14
We have recently been in contact with Tri-C Fire academy coordinators and they are willing to have a State of Ohio Firefighter Level II class that works around a CEMS schedule. Before the details can be worked out we need to have estimated numbers of how many people are actually interested in attending the class. The tentative start date will be in August and last for 10 weeks. The class will work with night or day shift. We currently have many more people on B shift who have shown interest so as of now the class will be based on B shift schedule. The estimated cost is $2300 for in county residents, with an additional $400 for SCBA rental if needed. Please remember that none of the details included are set in stone and may still change in the future. Also be aware that CARE/ILA Local 1975 is negotiating so that this same training will be available to all interested, who qualify, for free. Also the Tri-C class will be on your own off time, while the city provided training will be "on duty" time, and at no out of pocket cost. If you are interested in attending the Tri-C course or simply wanted to be included in more fourth coming details please fill out the form below:
The raffle for EMS week is now closed. The winners will be drawn soon. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place winners with the proceeds going to The EMS Memorial and MDA.
Happy anniversary to the classes of May 2006 and May 2008.
There is a cigar sampling and whiskey tasting at Lincoln Park Pub on May 23rd, 2014 @ 19:30. The sampling is exclusively for members of CARE Local 1975 and their guests. $25 for the whiskey and cigars. If you are interested please contact Jeff Koons @ 216-392-2936.
Hello C.A.R.E. Members,
We are beginning our EMS week celebrations with a raffle, a winner will be drawn everyday during EMS week May 18th-24th. Tickets are $5 a piece or 5 for $20. To purchase tickets please contact Director Koons @ 216-392-2936. This is a 50/50 raffle to benefit the National EMS memorial and MDA Muscle Distrophy Association. Tickets will be on sale from now until May 17th. Please help fund these worthy causes.
The ballots have been tallied and your new CARE/ILA Local 1975 Director is Jeff Koons. Please join us in congratulating him.
The other offices up for election have been retained; President by Orlando Wheeler, 2nd Vice President by Paul Melhuish, and Secretary by Marilyn Vasicek.
We will be having Union Membership Meetings on May 14, 2014 @ 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and May 15, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m. only. All meetings will be at the Tremont Hall, 2537 Professor St. Hope to see you there.
West Park Early Childhood PTA is for parents of children birth-6 yrs old. It's a great organization that does field trips, parties, parent events, helps each other in their time of need, and has proven to be a great support system for working or stay at home parents. Many members are safety forces personnel, their spouses, school teachers, and stay at home parents. Here is a link;
or you can contact Bryan Reilly 216-324-2051 for more information.
Sometimes having little ones in the life of a public safety schedule can be hard and it's great to have a support system and have your kids make friends from the neighborhood.
You do not have to live in the West Park neighborhood to join the group.
St. Patricks Day T-shirts are still for sale. Shirts are $15 and will be available for pick up prior to St. Patrick's Day. Please contact Mark Angell @ 440-336-1312 or at email@example.com to order. T-shrts are $15.
Thank you for doing your part in answering more than 106,000 emergency calls from the citizens and visitors to the City of Cleveland in 2013.
<P>The January general membership meetings will be held January 22 @ 12:30 and 19:30, and January 23 @ 19:30. All meetings will be held at the Tremont Hall located at 2537 Professor Ave. The agenda for the meetings will be the status of intergration and contract negotiations. Also there will be nominations for President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary, and Director.</P>
CARE is hosting Holiday parties on December 7th and 14th. Both parties begin at 8pm at The Licoln Park Pub 2609 W.14th. There will be food and drink specials, and a 50/50 raffle with cash and other prizes. All care members and their families are welcome to attend one or both of the parties. Please contact Jeff Koons with any questions 216-392-2936
Deadline for stamps for having paystubs mailed in 2014 are due by December 27, 2013.
Deadline to sign up for the special event list for 2014 is December 27, 2013 @ 12:00.
Deadline for secondary employment forms for 2014 is January 31st, 2014.
The November general membership meetings will be on Wednesday Nov. 20th @ 12:30 and 19:30, and Thursday Nov. 21st @ 19:30. All meetings will be held at the Tremont Hall.
There is a general membership meeting tonight, Sept 18th, at 19:30 at the Tremont Hall, Ken Lanci will be in attendance. There is a general membership meeting tomorrow at 19:30 at the Tremont Hall.
The City of Cleveland has 20 discount Indians home games to choose from. To order click on the link below. If you have any questions please contact Jackie Plys @ 216-420-4162 or firstname.lastname@example.org There is a special offer code, however since this is a public site it is not posted on here. Please contact Mark Angell @ email@example.com or text/call @ 440-336-1312 or Jackie Plys to obtain the special offer code.
This monday August 12th 2013 is the CFREMS Awards Ceremony, at City Hall Council Chambers at noon.
Thank you to the 40+ people who filed grievences on behalf of retaining our title of Medic. Even though the change was not in fact a grieveable offense the administration heard your voice. They have agreed to keep the title of Medic attached to our ambulances. Again, thank you to all of you who filed grievences and made a difference.
The Awards Committee is looking for commendations from all personnel field, dispatch, and office. If you have anyone you wish to nominate please fill out the form below. Nominations can be for anything you like. Also if you know of a call that you believe should be nominated for the "medical", "trauma", or "dispatch" "call of the month" please use the form below.
CARE is sponsoring two teams in the "A Race In Her Heels" fundraiser. Teams of five men will participate in a relay race wearing women's high heel shoes. Trophies are awarded for the fastest team, the best dressed team, and the team that raises the most money. All funds raised will go to benefit the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center. The event is August 10th, 2013 from 11:00-15:00 at John Carroll University 20700 N Park Blvd. University Heights, OH 44118. CARE is giving the $250 registration fee for two teams with at least 3 CARE/ILA Local 1975 members on each team. Teams are encouraged to raise as much money as possible for this worthy cause.
Please contact Mark Angell @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 440-336-1312
or Heather Pollack @ email@example.com with any questions.
If you are interested in becoming an FTO you must submit a resume and letter of intent to the Office of the Commissioner before June 21st at 17:00. You must have at least two years experience as a Functioning Medic.
There is a meetings today Wednesday June 12th and Thursday June 13th 12:30 and 19:30 both days. These meetings are to address concerns about the recent intergration developements and specificly the CARE members that will be attending the Fire Academy later this month. All meetings will be at the Tremont Hall.
Don't forget that applications to volunteer for the fire training are due by June 7th by noon. A letter of intent along with a resume, a copy of your driver's license, and all of your state cards should be submitted to the Office of the Commissioner. Training will begin June 17th mon-fri 07:30-16:30 for 8 weeks and then trainees will be returned to regular duty in the division of EMS.
We are mourning the loss of a co-worker, friend, and brother.
We are saddened by the sudden loss of James Lang Jr.
There will be a memorial service held at SVCH chapel on Thursday May 30th @ 11:00.
Afterwards SVCH will dedicate the new EMS lounge in James' name.