EMS Vitals December 2019, Alaska State Office of EMS Newsletter

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DECEMBER 2019, Issue No. #18

Never Forget

Pilot Glen Morthorpe
Flight Nurse Robert Cartner
Flight Paramedic Maddox Burts


Medevac Alaska - Security Aviation

The Office of EMS sends our deepest condolences to all Medevac Alaska and Security Aviation employees and especially to the families and loved ones of Pilot Glen Morthorpe, Flight Nurse Robert Cartner, and Flight Paramedic Maddox Burts. Our thoughts are with them as they go through this difficult time.
Never Forget 11.29.2019.

2019-2020 EMS Certification Renewal and License Information

Renewal Requirement Updates, please read.

Ambulance Service Expanded Scope Renewal

Beginning this year, expanded scope applications are separate from service certification applications. Updated expanded scope filing requirements and guidelines will be released soon. Expanded scope renewal applications will not be due until later in 2020- stay tuned!

EMS Provider Certification Renewal

Please note the following updated certification renewal processes...

for providers affiliated with a certified service:

  • When an affiliation is indicated on the application an email will be sent to the service training officer to verify training.
  • These providers will no longer have to enter CME hours individually or indicate National Registry Certification.

for providers not affiliated with a certified service:

  • Applicant must enter CME under the “Supplemental Training” section or indicate they have current NREMT certification.
  • Department approved CME or CME meeting the National Continued Competency Program will be accepted this December 2019 re-certification cycle.

for ALL applicants:

  • Proof of CME is not required to be submitted with the application, however, documentation must be maintained by the individual through the end of the certification cycle as all applications are subject to audit.
  • All applicants must indicate at least one of the following: service affiliation, NREMT certification, or CME for the application to process through training validation. Please take time to review your application to avoid any certification renewal delays.
  • Beginning with the December 2020 re-certification cycle, CME will be required to meet NCCP requirements.

More information can be found on the Alaska Office of EMS Webpage. If you any questions about the current EMS regulation changes please email the State EMS Office.


Attention EMS Medical Directors
Medical Directors will now need to establish and maintain their own account within the Certification Management System in order to electronically sign off on EMS agency and provider applications.


December 31- Ambulance Service, EMT 1 Recertification, and ETT Instructor Recertification

March 31- EMT 2, EMT 3, AEMT and Instructor Recertification

Helpful Tips

Helpful Tip: Make sure your contact information is current in the Certification Management System to receive important information regarding your certification renewal application. 

Internet Explorer no longer supported for AURORA Elite as of January 1, 2020.

Please see the following announcement from ImageTrend,  our EMS data systems vendor, about web browser support changes for the Alaska Uniform Response Online Reporting Access (AURORA) system.

Alaska Uniform Response Online Reporting Access (AURORA) Elite

Advances in technology are as predictable as the changing of the seasons. As we look into the advances in browser technology, we often need to look within to see where we can adopt improvements in security and performance. Not all web browsers are created equally and here at ImageTrend, we embrace change for the better. 

As of Jan 1st, 2020, ImageTrend Elite will no longer support Internet Explorer 10 or 11. ImageTrend will continue to support Internet Explorer with our other applications such as Patient Registry, Resource Bridge, License Management and Billing Bridge.

In an upcoming release, a warning banner will appear for those users who currently use Internet Explorer with Elite for further communication of the change. ImageTrend Elite will continue to support the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft’s Edge browsers. We are excited to innovate and continue to challenge our creativity in order to bring you the best ePCR and RMS system on the market!

If you have questions, please email the State EMS Office.

2020 EMS for Children Data Collection Effort

January 2020- March 2020

The Alaska EMS for Children Program (EMSC) is pleased to be working with the National Emergency Medical Services for Children Data Analysis Resource Center (NEDARC), located at the University of Utah, on an upcoming nationwide quality improvement effort aimed at identifying how to better support EMS services in caring for pediatric patients. 

National Emergency Medical Services for Children Data Analysis Resouce Center (NEDARC)

As part of this effort, a select sample of State Certified EMS services will receive an email January 7th from the NEADRC team asking for help completing a 6 minute survey! The message will be sent from the email address emsc@hsc.utah.edu with the display name Emergency Medical Services for Children.

You can see information about this EMS Assessment by playing this video:

EMSC 2020 Assessment Video

If the video does not play for you when clicking on it, please use this link https://spark.adobe.com/video/BV4gTbZanrg8T.

EMS for Children

Alaska EMS for Children Program

Statewide EMS System Assessment 2020

In our office's effort to create a resilient and sustainable EMS system, the Alaska Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (FLEX) is partnering with the State Office of EMS to provide funding for SafeTech Solutions, LLP to perform a statewide EMS Assessment. 

SafeTech Solutions’ approach to a statewide assessment will be to focus at the local level first by listening to the providers, service leaders, local governments, clinicians, hospitals and the public that we serve. The first part of the assessment will start after the New Year, beginning with surveys and individual conversations to include face to face listening sessions. 

Since 2004, SafeTech Solutions, has conducted rural EMS assessments across the United States. The depth and breadth of this work is unparalleled in the field, and indeed, SafeTech Solutions’ extensive experience informs its distinctive and successful approach to helping organizations, communities, and regions manage change.

If you have any questions about this EMS Assessment please email the State EMS Office.

Educational Opportunities

26th Annual Interior Region EMS Symposium
March 25-28, 2020
Fairbanks, Alaska
IREMSC Symposium Website

36th Annual Southeast Region EMS Symposium
March 25-29, 2020
Craig on Prince of Wales Island, Alaska
SEREMSC Symposium Website

For a list of upcoming EMT classes and other educational opportunities throughout the state please click here.

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ACEMS Calendar

January 30-31, 2020
Alaska Council on EMS Meeting
Juneau, Alaska

February 3-5, 2020
Training Committee Meeting
Juneau, Alaska

To participate by phone, please call into the ACEMS Committee teleconference line 1-800-944-8766, participant code 83001#.

For more information on upcoming events, meetings and ACEMS activities please email the Alaska Office of EMS.

Save the Date

March 25-28, 2020
26th Annual Interior Region EMS Council Symposium
Fairbanks, Alaska

March 25-29, 2020
36th Annual Southeast Region EMS Council Symposium
Craig on Prince of Wales Island, Alaska


Code Green Campaign
Pre-Hospital Pediatric Medical Consultation, EMS Providers Only: Alaska Native Medical Center 297-8809 & Providence Alaska Medical Center 212-3133
Stop The Bleed
Alaksa Emergency Medical Services for Children Program
Careline 877-266-HELP or text 4help to 839863
Poison Help 1-800-222-1222
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Read the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) Washington Update Here.

Alaska Council on EMS Implementation Task Force; Apply, Click Here

Ongoing Recruiting

To apply for the ACEMS Task Force or for further information please refer to the application which can be found here. Applications are accepted continuously.

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