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  • December 15, 2017 9:06 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    It is with personal regret but deepest warm wishes that I announce the retirement of Florida Ambulance Association President Walt Eismann. Walt served the FAA for decades, and EMS since 1982. We thank him for his guidance, time, and thought over these many years.

    It is a testament to Walt’s excellent governance and leadership that our association can continue to move forward, even in his absence. In accordance with FAA bylaws, as your Vice President I have assumed the role of Interim President until our meeting in Daytona Beach in January. At that time, the membership will discuss this matter further and determine whether to hold a special election that day or wait for the regularly-scheduled elections in July. In the meantime, the FAA board—Immediate Past President Alan Skavroneck, Secretary Terence Ramotar, Treasurer Holly Martin, and myself—continue to work diligently to continue seamless representation of our industry in Tallahassee.

    Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact faa@ambulance.org, or reach out to me directly at jpeterson@sunstarems.com. Thank you for your continued support of the Florida Ambulance Association.

    Learn more about the January Special Membership Meeting►

  • November 22, 2017 1:21 PM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    Happy Thanksgiving to Florida's ambulance services. We thank you for your dedicated service to our communities.

  • November 09, 2017 6:38 PM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    Many thanks to FAA President Walt Eismann as well as Raul Rodriguez and Alissa Garcia of National Health Transport! Walt, Raul, and Alissa visited with the offices of their Senators and Representatives today to advocate for fair reimbursement for ambulance services. 

    View photos of their DC trip on FAA Facebook!

  • November 01, 2017 6:42 PM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)
    Thanks to a great suggestion from Florida Ambulance Association member Bryan Andrews (Lake EMS), FAA has launched a new Billing & Reimbursement Forum.

    Visit the new Forum today to post questions about ambulance billing, or to respond to questions submitted by your peers. Please be sure to "Subscribe" in order to receive email alerts when new questions or responses are received.

    Need help logging in to the FAA site to access the ForumReset your password here, or contact faa@ambulance.org!

    Thanks so much for your continued support!

  • August 22, 2017 11:17 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    On July 11, 2017, First Coast Service Options presented a webinar for ambulance services. The on-demand recording is now available, in addition to the answers to several follow-up questions.

  • July 27, 2017 8:00 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    Following a member survey, the Florida Ambulance Association is proud to announce its support of Senate Bill S.967, the Medicare Ambulance Access, Fraud Prevention, and Reform Act of 2017.

    Should you have any questions regarding the bill, please contact acamas@ambulance.org.

  • July 11, 2017 10:47 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Alan Skavroneck, Immediate Past President of the Florida Ambulance Association! Alan, of Ambitrans Ambulance, was presented with a plaque today by President Walt Eismann in recognition of his many years of leadership.

    See photos>

  • June 29, 2017 5:47 PM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    Please be advised that Ford has issued a recall of late-model Transits. 

    From the Ford website:

    • Ford is issuing a safety recall for approximately 400,000 2015-17 Ford Transit van/bus vehicles with medium, long and extended wheelbases and chassis cab/cutaways with medium wheelbases to replace the driveshaft flexible coupling.
    • In the affected vehicles, continuing to operate a vehicle with a cracked flexible coupling may cause separation of the driveshaft, resulting in a loss of motive power while driving or unintended vehicle movement in park without the parking brake applied. In addition, separation of the driveshaft from the transmission can result in secondary damage to surrounding components, including brake and fuel lines. A driveshaft separation may increase the risk of injury or crash.
    • Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue.
    • Affected vehicles include 2015-17 Ford Transit vehicles built at Kansas City Assembly Plant, Jan. 17, 2014 to June 15, 2017.
    • The recall involves approximately 402,462 vehicles in North America (370,630 in the U.S., 2,361 in federalized territories, 3,217 in Mexico and 26,254 in Canada). The Ford reference number for this recall is 17S15.
    • Based on the field data, Ford does not expect the current flexible couplings to deteriorate sufficiently to result in driveline separation in vehicles with less than 30,000 miles. Hence, for affected vehicles with under 30,000 miles or vehicles that have had a driveshaft or driveshaft flexible coupling replaced within the last 30,000 miles, no alteration or interim repair is required until the vehicle or replaced flexible coupling reaches 30,000 miles. At that point, the customer should schedule an appointment with their dealer for the interim repair to be performed.
    •  For affected vehicles with more than 30,000 miles, the interim repair will consist of replacing the driveshaft flexible coupling every 30,000 miles until the final repair is available and completed. Owners will be notified by mail and instructed to take their vehicle to a Ford or Lincoln dealer to have the flexible coupling replaced immediately at no cost. When the permanent repair is available, owners will be notified that they may schedule an appointment with their dealer to have either a redesigned flexible coupling with a modified driveshaft bracket and shield or a revised driveshaft equipped with a universal joint installed at no cost.

  • June 21, 2017 11:50 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    Last week, staff from FAA member organizations Nature Coast EMS, AMR, and Sunstar Paramedics were honored as AAA Stars of Life in Washington, DC. 

    Congratulations to Hugo Badillo of AMR (http://bit.ly/17BadilloH), Graham Losse of Nature Coast EMS (http://bit.ly/17LosseG), Kasey Ras of Sunstar Paramedics (http://bit.ly/17RasKasey), and Jonathan Balzer of Sunstar Paramedics (http://bit.ly/17Balzer)!

    Here there are with Senator Bill Nelson. Way to go!

  • June 01, 2017 1:07 PM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    The Florida Ambulance Association was deeply saddened to learn that Lahiri Garcia (51) and Paul Besaw (35) were killed this morning in the line of duty. Both were longstanding and respected team members at AMR Palm Beach/Broward County.

    In an interview with WPTV, AMR Regional Director Bill Hall said, “The AMR family has lost two amazing people. They were dedicated husbands, fathers, friends and teammates. Our thoughts are with both families during this difficult time. Lahiri and Paul will be greatly missed.”

    AMR said, "Garcia and Besaw were committed to caring for others, and together they had nearly 40 years of service for AMR and the community. Funeral arrangements have not been finalized."

    On behalf of the entire FAA membership, the Board extends its deepest condolences to the Garcia and Besaw families.