News Archive

2018

MEMS Searches for Hispanic ApplicantsJuly 30, 2018 - (THV 11) To better serve all of Central Arkansas, the agency wants to make sure its first responders reflect the diversity of our area.

Stop the Bleed Teaches Life-saving Techniques to Arkansas TeachersFebruary 19, 2018 - (THV 11) Teachers gathered in Little Rock to learn how to apply tourniquets thanks to Stop the Bleed.

Stop the Bleed Equips Teachers to Save Lives During Tragedy:  February 15, 2018 - (THV 11) Being able to apply a tourniquet could save someone's life in the event of a tragedy like the Florida school shooting on Feb. 14.

CHI St. Vincent, MEMS Working to Fight Heart Attack-related Deaths in ArkansasFebruary 5, 2018 - (THV 11) As a part of THV11's observance of National Heart Month, we take a look at the worst-case scenario: a heart attack.

MEMS Now Using 'Lucas 3' for Cardiac Arrests: (KATV) Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services of Little Rock is equipping medics with a new chest compression device after changing their protocol for cardiac arrest response two years ago

2017

Training at MEMS: November 13, 2017 - (KARK) Isabella Moller reports on the training of MEMS employees.

MEMS Teleresponce: November 7, 2017 - (KARK) Telemedicine is helping us save millions of dollars every year.

"Stop the Bleed" is Like AED's for CPR: October 10, 2017 - (KARK) The difference between life and death often comes down to seconds.

Health Matters: Stop the Bleed: August 17, 2017 - (KARK) The time between the moment when a 911 call is placed until paramedics arrive on the scene is crucial.

How to Stop Blood Loss During Emergencies: August 16, 2017 - (KARK) Dr. Marlon Doucet with MEMS and Charles Wooley, a registered nurse at Arkansas Children's Hospital joined THV11 This Morning to tell us about the 'Stop the Bleed' training.

New Emergency Training Likely Saved Lives in LR Nightclub Mass Shooting: July 1, 2017 - (KARK) Many lives may have been saved in Saturday morning's mass shooting at a Little Rock nightclub thanks to new training for the city's first responders.

More EMTs and Paramedics Needed in Arkansas; Especially in Rural Areas: June 16, 2017 - (THV 11) Every two years, paramedics are required to get recertified to continue in the job. Recently, many decided to not seek recertification.

MEMS Working to Modernize Emergency Response: May 31, 2017 - (THV 11) Little Rock City Board members will vote to change the way the ambulance system runs in Little Rock. This will likely mean changes in how they respond to your emergency calls.

2016

Change in Cardiac CPR Procedure Leads to Increased Survival: December 25, 2016 - (The Washington Times) A change in the procedure in which cardiac arrest patients are treated by Arkansas’ largest ambulance service has resulted in an increase in the number of patients who are revived.

CPR Takes Just Minutes to Learn, but Could Save a LifeDecember 23, 2016 - (THV 11) Compression-only CPR is changing the way we train to save lives.  It's a skill that can help to save a loved one, a friend, or just a passerby.

Local Paramedics Receive Bullet Proof Vests: October 6, 2017 - (KARK) The first round of paramedics with MEMS received bullet proof vests in an effort to increase safety.

MEMS Meeting on Ballistic Vest Purchase: September 27, 2016 - (THV 11) MEMS Meeting on Ballistic Vest Purchase

MEMS Offering Free Friends and Family CPR Training: August 31, 2016 - (THV 11) A Little Rock man who had a heart attack on the Big Dam Bridge earlier this year get to meet the man from MEMS who saved his life.

MEMS Hopes Change in Strategy Can Save More Lives: August 30, 2016 - (THV 11) Cardiac arrest patients have much better odds of recovering, thanks to a change in strategy at MEMS.  Now paramedics want the public’s help to make those odds even higher.

MEMS Starts Trial Run of Proposed Changes: June 8, 2016 - (KARK) Metropolitan EMS is taking part in a trial run aimed at serving more people in emergency situations.

Saving Time, Saving Lives – ‘Trauma Comm’ Makes Statewide Emergency Care Stronger, Speedier: May 31, 2016 - (Arkansas Living) Saving time, saving lives – ‘Trauma Comm’ Makes Statewide Emergency Care Stronger, Speedier

New Vests Protect MEMS Workers: March 23, 2016 - (KARK) The Metropolitan EMS of Little Rock has a new way to protect its workers. 

MEMS to Begin Testing Bulletproof Vests: March 23, 2016 - (KARK) First Responders will start testing the Vests on Thursday

American Heart Month with MEMs: February 18, 2016 - (KARK) February is American Heart Month, and it's a time that everyone should take note and pay a little more attention to their body and specifically, their heart.

2015

Community Paramedics Aim to Cut Cost, Improve Care: October 6, 2015 - (KARK) Last year, the state paid out $30 million for medical patients to ride in ambulances.

Arkansas Police Medical Training Saving Lives: July 30, 2015 - (THV 11) More than 15 Arkansans are alive right now because of a growing specialized training course for central Arkansas police officers.

Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services Breaks Ground for New HeadquartersMay 19, 2015 - (KARK) The Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services (MEMS), broke ground today for the organization’s new headquarters. The new facility will address the critical need to protect their employees during inclement weather with a structurally hardened dispatch area and an emergency back-up generator.

MEMS Breaks Ground for New Headquarters: May 19, 2015 - (THV 11) The Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services (MEMS), broke ground today for the organization's new headquarters.

Paramedics Join Swat Teams: January 9, 2015 - (KARK) Help Save Lives On Scene: Paramedics are training with Central Arkansas Special Response Teams on how to readily help the injured at a crime scene.