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We are excited to make this announcement! This event has been in the planning stage for quite some time but we are ECSTATIC to be able to publicly share this news with you!

Without further delay:

GSCEMS is hosting an EMS Conference in February of 2022!! Final details will be released at a further date, so be on the lookout for them!

As of now, the GSCEMS Conference Planning Committee is officially calling for speakers to present sessions at the conference. Attached below are the requirements to submit a proposal for speakers. The sessions will focus on both ALS/BLS skill levels and offer presentations geared toward education, leadership, public engagement, and more!

Review the requirements to submit a proposal for a presentation. If you have any questions, please reach out to us!
Phone: 502-863-7841 or you can email Jon Oesterman (Education Coordinator) at jon.oesterman@scottky.gov

We are so excited to help on the #RoadToRecert and to experience all of the education!

Download a copy of the proposal here!

Casual Tuesday should totally be a thing! Are we right or ARE WE RIGHT?!?! It would be a reward for making it through Monday. Instead, here we are casually making #TechTuesday a thing

EMT Zack Cornett is 100% behind causal Tuesday. But since that apparently isn’t a thing yet, he put on his uniform and wanted to introduce himself.

Hey everyone! My name is Zack Cornett.  I’ve been in EMS for about four years now.  I’ve worked in both hospital and pre-hospital settings.  My dream is to work with Beluga Whales, but I can’t swim well enough…..guess I’ll stay on land. I’m also a part-time 911 telecommunicator.  When not at work, I enjoy spending time at home with my fiance, Laramie, and our two dogs, Tony the Tiger and Pearl.  I’m excited to be here in Georgetown and advance my career!

1) Where are you originally from?

I’m originally from London, KY.  I moved to the big city of Lexington about three years ago.

2) What are your hobbies, interests, etc?

I get bored easily, so I like to try everything.  I always want to learn something new.  Taking care of our two dogs typically take up all of my extra time, but I thoroughly enjoy grabbing a cup of coffee and loading up the dogs to go for a ride while looking at houses.  I should have been a real estate agent just so I can look inside houses, but healthcare was definitely what I was meant for.  I also LOVE getting new certifications just so I can have them.  Like I said……I get bored.

Zack, Laramie, and their new friend Whisper

3) How did you become interested/get started in EMS?

Funny enough, I’ve always wanted to be in EMS but wasn’t sure I wanted to work in my hometown.  I originally went to college so I could become a nurse, but I heard about an EMT class EKU was offering.  I signed up for the class and realized it was something I could actually do.  Here I am, 4 years later, and still love coming to work. Plus…..Nightwatch. I mean, New Orleans and EMS. The matchmaker definitely got that one right!

4) What brought you to Georgetown?

Ironically, I visited Georgetown maybe three or four times before I started working in this county.  I originally came to Georgetown as a 911 dispatcher.  Shout out to 911!!!!  I missed being in the middle of what’s happening and being engulfed in EMS.  I dispatched for GSCEMS for a few months and noticed they were hiring.  The rest is history!  I still secretly think they regret hiring me but no one will own up to it!  Plus, my favorite color is orange.  What a perfect match!

5) What is your position at GSCEMS?

I’m an EMT on Third Platoon!  I’m also a BLS/CPR instructor, as well as a Stop The Bleed Instructor.  (Remember when I said I got bored and wanted certifications?  Exhibit A)

6) Where did you go to EMT school?

I went through EKU’s EMT class and finished the prerequisites for Paramedic school.

7) What is your favorite thing about EMS/your job?

So many things.  So, so many things.  I have to say my absolute favorite thing about my job would be the connections I have made.  There is honestly no other job in the world that would allow me to make connections I have.  I have met and connected with some of the most amazing people in the world.  I have friends from all around the world and have learned from some of the best instructors around!  GSCEMS absolutely encourages me to make connections, which makes me love my job that much more.

Pearl and Tony the Tiger

8) What is one thing currently that you would change about EMS as a whole?

I love this field, absolutely love the field!  The one thing I would change is the public perception of EMS.  We are automatically grouped with the Fire Department, but in our county we operate as two respective agencies.  EMS agencies are not the best at publicizing what we do.  Once you involve patient privacy and HIPAA, there isn’t a lot that we can do to publicize our day-to-day.  Public Information is a crucial part of any agency, but extremely important for emergency responders.  People call us on their worst day, so they truly never get to see us on a normal day.  This is something I brought up to our administrative team and they loved the point of view.  GSCEMS strives to have a strong bond with the community and provide not only public information, but public education as well!

9) What is one place in Scott County that you would take a visitor?

Evan’s Orchard in the fall!! HELLO APPLE CIDER SLUSHIES!!!!! Hear me out, I was a little sketchy about it at first.  Tried my first one…..OH MY GOODNESS.  I now need a slushy at least once a week.  Plus who doesn’t love an apple orchard and pumpkin patch in the fall!

Mondays with sunshine just don’t feel the same as other Mondays. That could be the coffee talking though! Either way, it’s Monday which means shake off the weekend vibe and put on your party shirt…..we mean your business shirt!

Paramedic Jon Oesterman stopped by to show off his party shirt, but he spilled coffee on it. So he decided to put on his business shirt and introduce himself!

“Jon is a lost buckeye!” I’ve been involved in pre-hospital healthcare in some shape or form since 2002. I currently work as the Education Coordinator here at GSCEMS, which, in my opinion, is the coolest position here. I have the pleasure to help our crews stay sharp in the care we can provide, I also get to help with other responders in Scott county whether it’s providing CPR training, Stop the Bleed courses, or device-specific training.

1) Where are you originally from?

I grew up in a one stoplight town called South Amherst, Ohio. Before moving to Kentucky I lived in Oberlin, Ohio.

2) What are your hobbies, interests, etc?

I love reading! I also enjoy photography, getting out in nature and capturing the beauty here. I love (miss) going to concerts and sharing an experience with the crowd there. I also love the challenge that is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

3) How did you become interested/get started in EMS?

I had an interesting path. As a child I grew up on a road that had several severe car accidents on it. I remember once while I was six that the local air medical team was called for one of the bad accidents nearby. The helicopter landed next door to my house and I was captivated. Fast forward some years, I joined the volunteer fire department in my home town and they sent me to EMT school. I started working in EMS in an industrial city nearby and I was hooked.

4) What brought you to Georgetown?

I actually moved to Kentucky from Ohio to work as a Firefighter-Paramedic at a different agency. While I worked there full time I heard stories about GSCEMS and how forward thinking the service was. I applied and was hired here as a part-time paramedic in 2016.

5) What is your position at GSCEMS?

My shirt says Education Coordinator. But, I’m also a Paramedic.

6) Where did you go to Paramedic School?

I attended the Lifecare EMS Academy in Elyria, Ohio. They actually taught my EMT class, then several years later I went back for Paramedic school.

7) What is your favorite thing about EMS/Your job?

As an educator, I love seeing the “Lightbulb” moments where a person goes from no clue, to getting it. As a Paramedic, the favorite thing about my job is when my partner and I are firing on all cylinders and we’re in that flow state, just effortlessly providing care to our patient.

8) What is one thing currently that you would change about EMS as a whole?

Great question, EMS is still a young profession in the house of medicine. I think there are several things holding us back. I think we need to shed the image of first responders. We’re healthcare workers that drive trucks with lights and sirens. We provide healthcare to those in need, where they are. EMTs and Paramedics have a very unique character in our ingenuity, ability to prioritize, and execute. We need to embrace continuing education as this past year has definitely demonstrated how quickly medicine can change and what we thought would work ends up being incorrect. My last thought, EMS needs to embody having a growth mindset to remain successful. Every patient is a new challenge and we need to see each experience as an opportunity to grow and further develop.

9) What is one place in Scott County that you would take a visitor?

One place? Sheesh that’s difficult to nail down. I don’t think we could go wrong with a visit to Far Out Espresso to sit outside and sip some coffee (caffeine is yet another love of mine).