Notes from the VT EMS Leadership Call this past Thursday, 2/2/17

  • Dr. Wolfson is starting the process for re-evaluating our protocols.  Any consideration for changes can be submitted to him for review.
  • EMS services needing PCI time data of STEMIs transported from CVMC to a tertiary facility can contact me or Dr. Blum.
  • Siren (old version) will no longer accept new incidents after March 30th.  All services must have transitioned to Siren Elite by then.
  • EMS Conference this year will be in Burlington area in November.  Further information about the date will be coming out in the next sixty days.
  • EMS Rules proposed have been posted and scheduled for public comment.  Please see the links below for an annotated and clean versions.
  • EMS office plans to post a Full I/C course (non-bridge) for some time in March or April.  Please contact Scott if you have individuals that you want considered.  Priority will be given to those that have taught in District Six in the past few years.
  • EMS office is taking a stronger stance and looking at I/C participation in courses.  The expectation is that designated I/Cs will be present and participating in a majority of their courses.  They reported that there was a few concerns this year surrounding this issue.  Fortunately, our District Six Training Policy already addresses this.  And our requirements for I/Cs far exceeds any of their concerns.

 EMS Rules – annotated:

 EMS Rules – Clean version:

Scott Bagg
Training Coordinator
EMS District Six

UPDATED:  Meeting Date Change 3/21/17!  

Training Community Meeting 1800    Board Meeting  1900

(Regular Meeting date  3/14/17 Postponed due to Blizzard)   

NERSA   1 Graves Street, Montpelier, VT 
​(Road to 3 Mile Bridge Rd-Middlesex )

Ask your service leaders if  your service

is an active participant in VAD6 management..

Statewide Meetings about Paramedicine in Vermont

Aug 9-12   Click for details

 MANY Thanks to  Joe Aldsworth for his time that he served as the chair and  for the road he paved for us as a district to go forward.  

2017/18 Leadership

The following officers were elected/appointed at the annual meeting, April 25th.
Chair.  Lawton Rutter  
Vice Chair.   Joe Aldsworth 
Treasure  Laurie Beth Putnam 
Secretary. Veronica Collins- Lowe
Training Coordinator.  Scott Bagg
Medical Advisor.   Jared Blum, MD

Meetings will be on even months for the full board, second Tuesday at 7pm with the Exec Board to meet monthly to take care of the fiscal aspect of running the district.  

The district is looking at updating the bylaws to utilize technology to make participation easier for all services.  

Emergency Medical Responder Course  (EMR)

Cabot Ambulance Service is offering a First Responder Course- Details see Syllabus link


  • Open to student sponsored affiliated with Cabot Ambulance - no charge
  • Open to VAD6 students for $250 as space allows 

Classes held at Cabot Station, 

Classes will be Thursday nights from 1830-2130 pm & Occasional Saturday 9-12

Presented by Meredith Koch, MS, BS, NREMT
​Meredith began volunteering in EMS at the age of 14, quickly finding a passion for patient care and medical
de­vices. She obtained her B.S. in Biology from Boston
​Col­lege and her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a con­centration in Biomechanics from the University of Vermont.


General CPR recommendations: Updated guidelines continue to emphasis high-quality CPR: compressing the chest at an adequate rate and depth, allowing complete chest recoil after each compression, minimizing interruptions in compressions, and avoiding excessive ventilation. The recommended chest compression rate is 100 to 120/min (updated from at least 100/min). The clarified recommendation for chest compression depth for adults is at least 2 inches (5cm) but not greater than 2.4 inches (6cm). Integrated teams of highly trained rescuers may use a choreographed approach that accomplishes multiple steps and assessments simultaneously rather than the sequential manner used by individual rescuers. Where EMS systems have adopted bundles of care involving continuous chest compressions, the use of passive ventilation techniques may be considered as part of that bundle for victims of out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). 

Vermont EMS Awards will be presented at the State House during National EMS Week– May 15th – 21st, 2016. This year we will be presenting the following traditional awards, including two additional ones: 

  • First Responder Agency of the Year
  • Ambulance Service of the Year
  • BLS Provider of the Year
  • ALS Provider of the Year
  • EMS Educator of the Year
  • EMS for Children Champion of the Year​
  • Vermont EMS Lifetime Award

Please take a moment to review the following criteria and consider nominating an individual or organization you feel is worthy of recognition. 

VAD #6  Service Recognition 2017  Due May 5th

Please submit names, (spelling counts) credentials and years of service for those on your roster who have achieved 20 or 30 years of VT EMS service, (and have not yet been recognized) to

Williamstown Water Polo Tournament 

Free Friendly competition for Fire & EMS

May 20th  130 pm

Williamstown Public Safety building, as part of Memorial Day activities.  See link for more details. 

Reminder:  CVMC ER PREFERS  you transmit your report

via radio whenever possible.

News, announcements, classes training items removed from the active pages are places here, most recent on top, 

Emergency Medical Responder Course

Mad River Valley Ambulance Service is offering a First Responder Course open to VAD6 members.

Classes held at MRVAS Station, Rt 100  For Waitsfield

Classes will be Wednesday nights from 6-9 pm.

​Audit available.

For more information contact:  Bob Bower

VAD #6 District Awards Click to Read the Press Release.

May 15-21st is EMS Week! The Vermont Department of Health will be hosting an EMS Day on the State House Lawn on Tuesday, May 17th from 10:30am – 1:30pm to celebrate and highlight the importance of EMS in our communities, and to thank providers for their dedication and service. The rain date will be Friday, May 20.

Vermont EMS week

May 15-21, 2016 

RED Button Below will take you to a the VAD#6 calendar site which lists training, meetings, classes.

Please submit your calendar items to:

​ACLS and PALS recertification

BTEMS is holding an ACLS and PALS recertification course on January 19th (Thursday) and 25th (Wednesday). 

The course will be held at the Barre Town Office 116 Websterville Road from 0900-1600.  The course fee is $75 per day.  I

Please take the precourse test prior to each class.  
Go to:
ACLS code: acls15
PALS code: pals15
Bring a copy of the completion certificates.

Course questions or to sign up contact  Jonathan Cullen:

We have a lot of very cool events planned for the day, including Sidewalk CPR training, a “50 Years of EMS Museum”, technical team displays/demos, and of course, the presentation of annual EMS awards! This is a great opportunity to recognize an outstanding individual or service, and to share their important contribution to our communities with the public!

Copyright © Vermont Ambulance District 6. All rights reserved.

District Training with Jared Blum MD

September 26 @ 1900     CVMC Conf room

Topics:  Case Reviews.  Review: Precipitous Deliveries
and  Post delivery care.

​​Save the date:  Special District Training

Tuesday January 24th 6pm-8pm
Norwich University – Kreitzberg Library

 Surviving Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) are far more complex than they may initially appear and often affect the younger end of the patient spectrum. A first hand account will be given of how the decisions the paramedics, the trauma team, the surgeons, and rehabilitation providers made led to an L1 paraplegic being able to walk, ski, androck climb again.  Focus on current treatment and protocols.

Downloadable Poster Link

"One of the best EMS training I have ever attended"  Scott Bagg

Open to All EMS providers    Free  
Please RSVP to

A CME District training was held at CVMC on June 18th from 11-2.  Thank you Medical Director Dr. Blum for recruiting this high caliper presentation for the district.

This is to warn the annual Vt Ambulance district #6 annual meeting will be: Tuesday April 25,2017 at 1900 hrs at NERSA

This meeting is for annual election of officers the election committee will be Steve Tirsch and Doug  Jasman any and all nominations can be made through them or from the floor that night . 
The last day for Virginia Caffin awards will be Tuesday, APRIL 25,2017 by the end of the annual meeting the nominations committee for the award will be Sheila Brown, Lauriebeth Putnam and Dr. Blum. 

The annual meeting is very important and we really need to see a representative from each squad to be present if you cannot be a regular participating member we understand please have your service appoint someone that can play an active role we have come a long way and still have more to go. We have been able to turn the district on solid footing be progressive within the state and continue to build a solid educational delivery system that we all can be proud of. So thank you for a great year and let's continue the progress of building a strong foundation of learning and stability the district needs for the ever changing future and face of EMS.

Evaluators Needed 

 for Feb 11th  EMT exam at Barre Voc Center, Spaulding HS

$100 Stipend available

We really need AEMT/Paramedic evaluators.  Can anyone help us out??

Please e-mail Scott Bagg at if you willing and able to help out. 

​​​​Paramedic Intercept Plan 

The EMS District Six Board approved a proposed Paramedic Intercept Plan for all EMS District Six services, effective July 1, 2016.  After ninety days, the subcommittee of the board will meet again to determine its impact on services and resources.  Click for a link to the pdf of the VAD6 Paramedic Intercept Plan.  District Six personnel can complete Paramedic Intercept Plan training on LearnEMS.  (Centrelearn) 

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact or

​​​​Emergency Medical Technician Course  (EMT)

Mad River Ambulance, Waterbury Ambulance & Middlesex Fast squad is teaming together to offer a EMT Course- Details see Syllabus link


  • Preference to students sponsored/affiliated with above services - no charge
  • Open to VAD6 students for $160 as space allows 

Classes held at Middlesex Fire Station, 55 Welch Park Drive Middlesex (across fro VSP Barracks)

Classes will be Wednesday nights from 1830-2130 pm & Every Other Saturday 9-3

CME Audit credits availble

Evaluators Needed 

 for Oct 14th  EMT exam at Northfield High School

Stipend available

Please e-mail Scott Bagg at if you willing and able to help out.