This group of individuals was selected by the leadership of MEMS for their contributions to not only MEMS but EMS. In addition, the legislators recognized this group during this group was recognized by the legislators during this legislative session as being models of EMS professionals.
Stars of Life from MEMS are Brandi Crist, Kara Jarrett, Brian O'Conner, Kendra Rodgers, Nikki Taylor, Robert Trowbridge, and Robert Whisenhunt.
This morning, we started the process of returning to normal operations. For the past few days, MEMS has been operating under winter weather protocols, also known as Purple Status. Although conditions were more favorable than forecasted, crew members, dispatchers, supply techs, maintenance, custodial, and office personnel worked day and night; Many set up camp inside Station 1 to ensure the day-to-day operations continued and crews were well fed during the unpredictable weather.
Thank you to all our dedicated team members who have worked tirelessly, giving up time with family and more this week during Purple Status.
Pictured: Trucks line up to refuel and wash at the end of Purple Status.
With the incoming ice storm and issued warning from the National Weather Service, administrators at MEMS have decided to move into Purple Status effective January 31, 2023, at 04:30.
Purple status is initiated in several circumstances, most often during significant weather events such as snow and ice, enacting policies that ensure the response system is staffed to respond to an influx of calls that may develop due to unfavorable conditions.
MEMS will move back into normal operations after weather and road conditions improve later in the week.
Also See: MEMS Back to Normal Operations
Welcome to the classroom, the 21st MEMS Paramedic Class! This group will undergo over seven months of in-house training to earn their paramedic license. This program is made possible with our partnership with South Arkansas Community College and is offered to Qualified EMT employees of MEMS. While in training, our students are paid their base EMT salary and maintain their benefits allowing school to be their full-time job.