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									Paramedic Student Bunk-In Scholarship
  Student Application and Informational Packet
                   Fall 2011
                     Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Service Inc.
                                      100 Union Street P.O. Box 524
                                        Clayton, New York 13624

                                        (315) 686-2058

Dear JCC Paramedic Student:

Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Service (TIERS), is proud to introduce an innovative scholarship
opportunity program for a student who is enrolled in the Paramedic Program at Jefferson Community
College. Thanks to the combined efforts of the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization and
other regional rescue agencies, we are offering the Paramedic Student Bunk-in Program.

Based on similar programs in the greater Syracuse area for Fire Technology students who attend
Onondaga Community College, if you are the successful candidate we are offering you:

♦free student housing at our busy EMS station
♦a $1500.00 per semester scholarship
♦a laptop computer that you keep after graduation
♦mentors to help you learn your skills and studies

You’ll be required to remain in good standing in the JCC Paramedic Program and become a full TIERS
volunteer and commit to a minimum schedule of regular on-duty call assignments. You’ll work side by
side with outstanding Paramedics and you’ll observe, learn and practice the information and techniques
you’ll be learning in class.

Two former TIERS volunteers are now paid New York State Paramedics, thanks in part to their training and
experience working in TIERS ambulances.

Enclosed is a more detailed explanation of the program, how you would participate in the program, and
an application for the Paramedic Student Bunk-In Program and Scholarship.

This is a great opportunity if you’re a serious EMT/student Paramedic who wants to make saving lives a
career. We look forward to you joining our family of dedicated EMS workers.
Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue
            Service Inc.
       100 Union Street P.O. Box 524
         Clayton, New York 13624

           (315) 686-2058

   Paramedic Student Bunk-In Program and Scholarship

   Program Goals and Objectives

   The fundamental goal of the Paramedic Student Bunk-In Program and Scholarship is to graduate
   a Paramedic from the Jefferson Community College Paramedic Program who is likely to begin
   an EMS career with TIERS or another EMS agency in Northern New York.

   Second, we will place an increasingly-skilled EMS provider in the field caring for patients in our
   own communities to enhance TIERS’ mission and public goodwill.

   Last, it places a graduate into the medical workforce who is likely to put money back into our
   region’s economy as an employee, homeowner and taxpayer.

   The TIERS Paramedic Student Bunk-In Program addresses six primary issues:

         Partners with our local Community College to address a regional need for trained ALS

         Places a student in a structured environment offering valuable hands-on clinical training
          capabilities that will help the student to complete the Paramedic Program

         The student “earns” his/her scholarship by becoming a TIERS volunteer crew member,
          answering emergency calls in our service area

         Provide continued academic mentoring and supervision to help the student graduate
          from the Paramedic Program

         Instills the core values and ethics of volunteerism, goodwill, community support and
          service to others that will stay with the student for a lifetime

         Help meet the need for highly-trained Emergency Medical Service providers by creating
          a motivated career Paramedic
Program Design

TIERS will offer a scholarship for $1500.00 per semester that will begin at the start of the first
year or fall 2011 entrance to the Jefferson Community College Paramedic Degree Program. The
scholarship is given in biweekly monetary increments throughout the program duration as a
stipend for meals, transportation expenses and other student-related costs

 The scholarship period will begin the first day of the commencement of the August classes. The
scholarship will continue into subsequent semesters as long as the student remains in good
standing with the Paramedic Program and maintains their TIERS membership.

This scholarship provided by TIERS will also offer the student:

        Housing in the form of a dorm room with a bed, dresser, desk, refrigerator, television and
         normal amenities of housing (valued at $750.00 per month)

        A free laptop computer that they cna keep if they graduate from the JCC Paramedic

        Study area, kitchen, laundry, shower and other TIERS crew room facilities

        Hands-on experience and added clinical and classroom training by mentors or TIERS

What does TIERS ask of the student?

        The bunk-in scholarship student must become and remain a volunteer member of
         TIERS. This is essential because the student—as a volunteer member--will be covered
         by the Jefferson County Self Insured program for liability purposes. TIERS will also
         provide a special liability policy umbrella for the student

        The student must be—and remain—a New York State Emergency Medical Technician
         throughout the scholarship period

        The student will enter into a contract with TIERS which will spell out the terms of the
         scholarship provided to the student, and the expectations of the student to TIERS

        The contract would outline the criteria for student grades and clinical performance to
         keep the scholarship intact during the scholarship period

        Expected “on duty hours” of 24 hours per week during school weeks* and summer
         duty activities for up to two weeks. These schedules are prepared well in advance to
         allow for changes requested for school, personal and travel schedules, but may include
         some weekend and holiday duties based on TIERS’ need to cover special events,
         vacations, etc.


* EMS skills must be practiced continuously, especially Advanced Life Support patient assessment, decision-making
and practical skills. We only require 24 hours a week of on-call duty, but certainly encourage as much on-the-job time
as the student is willing to spend without affecting their life and studies
Project and Student Activities

The expected routine is that the student attend his/her regular classes at Jefferson Community
College and engage in the clinical portions of the Paramedic Program at regional hospitals or
other clinical sites as is customary for the program. During the weekday, evening, or weekends,
the student will be a TIERS volunteer for a minimum of 24 hours per week* as designated by
TIERS or the Program Coordinator.

During TIERS duty hours, the on-duty Paramedic or ALS provider (or other designee), will act
as mentor and educator while on ambulance calls and--as student need dictates—help the student
understand concepts and information and practice clinical or practical skills. This is a key
program feature and a primary goal of this program: providing the serious Paramedic
student with a superior learning opportunity and continued encouragement and support
through graduation. It is TIERS’ intent to help our students finish the JCC Paramedic
Program and encourage them to stay in Northern New York to start and grow their career.


Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Service (TIERS), is the 9-1-1 ambulance provider for the Towns of
Orleans and Clayton in Jefferson County, New York along the St. Lawrence River bordering Canada.
TIERS was formed in 2003 to provide the highest-quality 24/7/365 ALS service to our local communities
using career and volunteer staff. At only five years old, TIERS was named the New York State
Department of Health’s EMS Agency of the Year for 2008 its commitment to community education,
health promotion, injury prevention and several other outreach programs and our service to neighboring

TIERS has always had a strong core values system and a friends-and-family atmosphere to
encourage sharing of personal and professional experiences across many disciplines. Our
command structure has accountability embedded in the leadership and promotes the value of
continued training and education. Our members feel the pride of doing an important job for the
communities that we serve—and the support and goodwill that we get back.

  Please visit www.ti-rescue.org for in-depth information about our coverage area, equipment,
  history, news, membership support and community information and instructional programs.

Our membership knows that there is something important and vital at stake; it is often their
friends, neighbors and even relatives that they are helping in times of life-threatening emergency.
Our people excel in the things that may not seem important from the outside: a nice uniform,
clean and well-equipped ambulances, sitting down for a meal together as a group, discussing
local issues of importance and creating a cohesive team that make excellent role models. This is
a key to making a student welcome and feel like he or she has found a new home.
We also sponsor a Junior Membership Program welcoming area youth from ages 15 to 18 for the
opportunity to experience EMS and the rewards of community service. One of our former Junior
Members is now a paid career Paramedic.

This is the environment that we offer to our Paramedic Bunk-in Program student. This team can
mentor a student into a community-minded young adult who realizes “the bigger picture” of
community service, of emergency services and of the lives of everyone around him. This is
another key to make a student welcome and feel at home.


TIERS members don’t join and jump into the ambulance the same day. There is a routine of
orientation and a ride-along period—even for those experienced with other ambulance services--
to get to know our ambulances and their equipment, learn the local protocols and their co-
workers’ procedures, and become safe and compassionate ambulance drivers. Bunk-in students
must learn TIERS by-laws and operating procedures like any regular new volunteer member. At
TIERS, it is a personal responsibility to “share the load” and be a small part that makes the
organization whole.

Orientation Procedures are listed on the last page of this packet.

The concept of a bunk-in program associated with community colleges is not new, but it is new
to our region, our area EMS agencies, our Regional Councils and Jefferson Community College.
We believe that this is only the second bunk-in program for EMS students in New York outside
of the New York City metro area.

Agencies such as TIERS that think strategically realize that we are already having difficulties in
many areas of emergency services, specifically Emergency Medical Services. Recruitment and
retention of volunteers and trained employees in the face of always-increasing training
requirements, and the availability of people to answer emergency calls—especially during the
workday—are two of the most pressing issues.

Many of these problems are forecast to get worse, and cannot be solved overnight; they need
cooperative planning, coordination and oversight to meet the needs of our patients and

The Paramedic Student Bunk-In Program addresses the problem of the shortage of Advanced
Life Support/Paramedic personnel in Northern New York. Together with the Fort Drum
Regional Health Planning Organization, we will work to expand this program to more EMS
agencies in our region.
                       2011 Application
     TIERS Paramedic Student Bunk-In Program Scholarship

   Applicant must be a resident of Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego or St. Lawrence County who is
    attending the JCC Paramedic Degree program and is and remains a New York State Emergency
    Medical Technician

   Applicant must be willing to reside on premises at TIERS in a capacity as a volunteer with the

   Any unusual hardships and special family or personal circumstances should be described in the

   Scholarship awards will be up to $1,500.00 for each semester the student remains in good
    standing with the program and TIERS


   Read all materials completely so that you thoroughly understand what is offered, the criteria,
    and what is expected of you.

   Complete the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

   Write your essay, answering the question listed on the application, and include it with your

   Request that your high school and any colleges you have attended send an official transcript of
    your grades to date to TIERS at the address below, attention: Rolly Churchill, Executive Director.

   Proofread your application and check it for completion. Mail or hand deliver your application,
    including your essay, to TIERS, P.O. Box 524, 100 Union St. Clayton NY 13624


Home Address_________________________________________________________________

City, State, ZIP ________________________________________County___________________

Phone (home) _______________ (cell) ____________________

E-mail ______________________________________

Name of Parent/Guardian (if applicable) ___________________________________________

Marital Status (if applicable) _______________

High School__________________________________Graduation or GED Date_____________

NYS EMT Number _____________EMT Level: ___________ Expiration Date _______________

Fire/EMS Agenc(ies) To Which You Belong: __________________________________________

College Attending in Fall 2011 (or applied to): J.C.C. ____ Please List Any Other College

Courses Being Taken And The School Name: _________________________________________


Previous Colleges Attended (if any)_________________________________________________

Do you have any unusual hardships and special family or personal circumstances that you feel TIERS
should be aware of in considering your application? (Add separate sheet if needed.)




On a separate sheet of paper, please write an essay answering the
following question with a minimum of 150 words:

“Why do you feel that TIERS should make you the candidate to become a part of
the Paramedic Student Bunk-In Program and invest in your future?”
      TIERS Orientation Procedures

Application /Manatory Items                       Personal Safety                                  Patient Lifting and Moving
New Applicant Procedures                          Personal Safety on Calls                         Stretcher Use
Application /                                     ANSI Vests – location - use                      Backboards – location, cleaning, decon
Personal Health Records on File                   PPE’s location - use                             Immobilization
Physical Assessment/Exam/ Jeff Co. Self Ins.       Facility Safety / Combination to Door           Stabilization
Orientation Uniform – Pants / Shirt / Windbrk     Infection Control Procedures                     Head Immobilization
Uniform Policy                                    MSDS                                             Rapid Extrication
Picture ID Completed                              Communications                                   CPR / CPR Refresher / MegaCode Practice
Work Rules OPS 500                                Safety / Portable Use Procedures
Work Rules Statement                              Safety / Mobile use / Procedures                 ALS Assist Skills
Membership Requirements OPS 200                   Daily                                            Setting up Cardiac Monitor
Mandatory                                         Station Rules                                    Changing Batteries in LP
ICS 100                                           Daily Activity Log                               IV Bag Set Up 10ggt / 60gtt
ICS 200                                           Daily Duties / Monthly Vehicle Checks            Saline Lock Set Up
1CS 700                                           Community Service Rounds                         BGL / Glucometer Use / Assist
SOP 100-1300 Testing                              Post-Call Evaluations                            Pulse Oximter
Bloodborne Pathogens                              Fuel Cards / Use / Log                           Oxygen
Hazmat Awareness                                  Call Procedures / Responding                     NRB/ NC/ Capnography setups
Driving Policy                                    Billing Information (if applicable)              ET-Assist Setups
CEVO III Certification (within 18 months)         Incident Reporting                               ET-Inline Neb Setup
Driving Policy / Driving to Call                  Mutual Aid Responses                             BVM Review / Assist
Emergency Vehicle Operation with 201               Equipment on Ambulance                          Oxygen (fixed)
Knowledge of Roads/Streets Maps in Rigs           Outside Compartments                             Oxygen (portable)
Map Book / Street Directory / GPS                 Interior Compartments                            Oxygen Cascade – Filling bottles
TIERS Priority Response Policy                    Portable Bags
CPR / First Aid (Drivers, Supp. Techs, Juniors)   Oxycaddy, location equipment, check              EMT-B REMAC Skills
Standard Operating Procedures                     Drug Bag location, equipment, check              Albuterol
Section 100 – Description of Service              PEDS Pack location, equipment, check             Aspirin
Section 200 – Chain of Command                    Trauma Bag, location, equipment, check           Epi-Pen
Section 300 – Roles & Responsibilities            Portable Suction, location, equipment, check     NTG
Section 400 Standards of Performance              Immobilization Kit, location, equipment, check   Location of Equipment
Section 300 – Roles & Responsibilities            Cardiac Monitor
Section 400 Standards of Performance              Splints - Fixation                               Other:
Section 500 – Work Rules                          Splints - Traction                               Incident Reports
Section 600A Safety – Driving Policy (Test)       Spinal Immobilization Equipment                  Exposure Procedure
Section 600 B Safety – Infection Control (Test)   Pulse Oxidizer                                   Vehicle Maintenance / Problems
Section 600 C Safety – Personal / Facility        BP Cuff / Stethoscopes                           Vehicle Checks
Section 700 – Communications (test)               Decontamination Equipment                        Landing Zones
Section 800 – Public Relations (test)             Decon. Intubaton Blade Procedure                 Rescue Equipment
Section 900 – Special Operations (test)           Interior Front
Section 1000 – Training and CQI                         -     Emergency Lights / Switches
Section 1100 – Vehicle Supply / Maintenence             -     Map Books
Section 1200 – Station Ops / Other Ops                  -     Radios
Section 1300 – Regulations / Other Legal

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