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Ambulance Crews in Arkansas Strained; Pandemic’s Calls Coming More Often, from Farther Away: December 28, 2020 (Arkansas Democrat Gazette) Many Arkansas emergency medical services are seeing increased call volume and hospital wait times going into the winter months of the pandemic, magnifying long-standing staffing and funding issues in the industry.


COVIDComm Begins Transferring COVID-19 Patients to Hospitals that Have SpaceDecember 16, 2020 - (KATV) Hospitals in Arkansas keep getting fuller, but now they have a way to transfer patients across the state to wherever there is room. This new, statewide transfer system, called COVIDComm, went live Wednesday morning.

System to Transfer Arkansas COVID Patients to Hospitals Goes Live WednesdayDecember 15, 2020 - (THV11) A new program for the state's healthcare system will allow doctors to send patients fighting COVID-19 to the next best hospital if some start to fill up.

EmergeSystem to transfer Arkansas COVID patients to hospitals goes live Wednesdayncy Responders are Fighting COVID-19 Outbreak on the Front LinesMarch 31, 2020 - (KATV) A Little Rock firefighter tested positive for the virus earlier this month. Another group of people fighting on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak is first responders.

4 MEMS Employees in Self-quarantine; Agency Takes New Precautions amid PandemicMarch 18, 2020 - (KATV) Four Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services (MEMS) employees have been quarantined after meeting federal guidelines to self-isolate amid the coronavirus outbreak, the ambulance service said Wednesday.

MEMS Ambulance Service Creates Coronavirus Protocol in Case of OutbreakFebruary 25, 2020 - (KATV) Even though there are no confirmed cases in Arkansas, MEMS ambulance service is doing just that to hopefully protect not only their staff but their patients from this deadly disease.


1st Response Class Opening Doors: September 29, 2019 - (Arkansas Democrat Gazette) The class was the first of its kind in Arkansas when it began in 2012 and, seven years after its inception, instructor Teresa Harper said the program is still opening doors for students and filling a gap in the community.

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Paramedics See Major Increase in Heat Exhaustion During the Heat WaveJuly 17, 2019 - (THV 11) Since July 1, Paramedics have responded to 51 heat exhaustion calls. At least one of those calls resulted in the death of an outside worker.

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Arkansas First Responders Support 9-year-old in Hospice Care with ParadeFebruary 9, 2019 - (THV 11) Central Arkansas is rallied behind a 9-year-old boy, Louie Schneider. 

Rookie Paramedics Learn the Ropes in LR: January 8, 2019 - (KARK) Within the next decade, the emergency services field is expected to grow as tens of thousands of jobs are added nationwide. 

MEMS Paying Recruits to Go to School: January 8, 2019 - (KARK) MEMS Paying Recruits to Go to School

New Bill Aims to Make "Stop the Bleed" Training a High School Graduation Requirement: (KATV) A new piece of legislation proposes high school students to undergo bleeding-control training before graduation.


MEMS Says CPR Training During Holidays is Crucial; Offering Free Classes for Individuals/GroupsDecember 5, 2018 - (THV 11) Little Rock's Metropolitan Emergency Medical Service, MEMS, is offering a way to equip all of us to be CPR trained and ready this holiday season.

MEMS Wins Award for Stellar ServiceAugust 7, 2018 - (THV 11) Jon Swanson, executive director of MEMS, took home the 2018 Excellence in Leadership Award at a national conference. Then, on Aug. 4, MEMS received the Advanced Life Support Service of the Year Award from the Arkansas Ambulance Association.

MEMS' Swanson Receives National Leadership AwardAugust 7, 2018 - (KARK) Jon Swanson, executive director of MEMS, recently received the 2018 Excellence in Leadership Award at the Pinnacle EMS Conference in Phoenix, Arizona

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


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.


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.


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.