House Bill 187 was signed by the Governor on May 31, 2016 and becomes effective on August 31, 2016. This legislation establishes Ohio Revised Code 4765.52, which permits EMS certificate holders to provide care to dogs and cats within the following guidelines.
• The law applies to all EMS certificate holders (EMR, EMT, AEMT, Paramedic).
• Only dogs and cats are referenced in the Bill. The law does not authorize care to any other animals.
• Medical care for dogs and cats should only be performed in the course of an emergency medical response, fire response, or response to aid law enforcement. The law does not apply to a call for EMS care for animals and, furthermore, does not require EMS organizations to respond to calls for animal assistance.
• The scope of practice is not expanded for care to animals. The certificate holder is only authorized to perform the corresponding form of medical services that could be provided to a human patient including:
-Opening and manually maintaining an airway;
-Giving mouth to snout or mouth to barrier ventilation;
-Managing ventilation by mask;
-Controlling hemorrhage with direct pressure;
-Administering Naloxone if administering Naloxone has been authorized by the medical director and the drug is administered either in accordance with a written protocol established by a veterinarian or pursuant to consultation with a veterinarian.
• Immunity applies to EMS certificate holders when providing care to dogs and cats under the same circumstances as when providing care to human patients.
• Veterinarians who assist EMS certificate holders with medical services to a dog or cat have the same level of immunity as medical directors who assist with EMS matters.
*This document has been prepared for informational purposes only. As always, certificate holders and EMSOs should consult with their legal counsel for advice.
In his years of service to the fire department, Ray worked his way up the ranks from firefighter to Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Chief and finally Fire Chief from 1996 until 2002. In his 34 plus years on the department he was a CPR instructor for the Red Cross, a certified fire safety inspector, an arson investigator, and a state certified fire instructor. He was also instrumental in starting the ambulance service in 1980 and was one of the first EMTs. Ray organized the part-time day shift, had all members cross-trained for fire and EMS, and also advanced the EMS from basic to paramedic levels.
Thank you to the Hall of Fame Committee, Trustees, firefighters, Ray Tellier’s friends and family, and residents who attended the ceremony. A special thanks to Ray Tellier, Rob Scheithauer and Assistant Fire Chief Brian Bell for their participation.
Courtesy of the Chronicle Telegram, filed on September 29, 2014 by Evan Goodenow
Speakers recalled the heroism and outpouring of goodwill immediately following the 9/11 attacks during a 9/11 memorial dedication in Elyria Township on Sunday.
The Rev. Donald Dunson, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Elyria, said the “pure altruism” displayed by rescuers that day should never be forgotten.
“There will always be those that try to cut the ties that bind. This beautiful memorial is a statement that we must forever stand united,” Dunson told about 200 people at the Rowland Nature Preserve, 7475 Murray Ridge Road. “There are ties visible and invisible that link us to every human being. Even to our enemies.”
The memorial is home to an 18-inch by 18-inch, 210-pound rusted piece of steel from one of the World Trade Center towers that collapsed after being struck by American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 on Sept. 11, 2001. Including American Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon and the downing of United Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa., 2,977 people died that day.
The Elyria Township Fire Department in 2011 received the piece from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Elyria Township was among about 1,500 communities nationally that received tower pieces, said township Trustee Rob Scheithauer, who helped spearhead memorial construction.
The remnant is the centerpiece of the memorial. The monument includes two 7-foot-tall concrete towers that are 2 feet by 2 feet wide, said architect Mark Lesner, of Amherst-based Mark Lesner & Associates.
The memorial foundation is an 8-feet-by-8-feet concrete, rust-colored pentagon. The rust symbolizes the blood of the victims. A waterfall runs out of the pentagon to a plaque with a “We Will Never Forget” inscription.
The monument received $16,766 in donations, Scheithauer said. He said $14,871 has been spent. Some donors dedicated memorial bricks to loved ones or veterans. Scheithauer said the only taxpayer money spent was $2,000 from the general fund to supply water for the waterfall.
However, Scheithauer said the monetary cost doesn’t reflect hundreds of hours volunteered by Lorain County trade union members who spent about five months building the monument. Scheithauer choked up as he thanked them.
“I don’t know to thank these guys,” he said. “They work hard.”
Lesner said in an interview that he volunteered about $20,000 of time to the project. The design was his third. The first two were too expensive.
His voice cracking with emotion, Lesner told the crowd he usually communicates through concrete and steel. Lesner recalled President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in which Lincoln said the world would never forget the sacrifices of the Union dead and that government of, by and for the people “shall not perish from the Earth.” Lesner said the same lesson could apply to 9/11.
“If we come together, there’s nothing this country can’t do,” he said. “Terrorists didn’t destroy this country. They will not destroy this country.”