MANCHESTER – On November 28th, 2019, ASM started Thanksgiving bright and early in preparation for the 83rd Annual Manchester Road Race. Ambulance Service of Manchester has been providing medical support coverage along with Manchester Fire & Rescue EMS since 1991. ASM also coordinates and oversees all medical communications on race day and is proud to be a part of this historic tradition.
by Jesse Leavenworth
Volunteers with the Emergency of Hunger Food Drive unload donations from an ambulance at MACC Charities in Manchester. (Courtesy of Patrick Gleason/ASM)
Organizers of the Emergency of Hunger food drive gathered ample donations of food and cash over the past two weekends at area supermarkets.
Police officers, firefighters, ambulance crews and other volunteers collected 645 turkeys, 21,334 food items and $31,003 in cash, food drive spokesman Patrick Gleason of Ambulance Service of Manchester said.
Collections were made at supermarkets in Manchester, Vernon and South Windsor. All donations are to benefit food pantries in the participating towns.
This was the 11th year of the drive. In 2009, when the effort was focused only on Manchester, a total of $2,405.78 in cash and checks and 155 turkeys were collected, along with an unspecified number of nonperishable food items. The total value of food and monetary donations was $14,265.78, an organizer said.
Participants this year included Manchester, South Windsor and Vernon police officers and firefighters and representatives of Manchester Police Explorers, Ambulance Service of Manchester, South Windsor Rotary Club, Highland Park Market, Stop & Shop supermarkets, Geissler’s supermarket in South Windsor, Manchester Area Conference of Churches Charities, South Windsor Food & Fuel Bank and Hockanum Valley Community Council.
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This weekend, Ambulance Service of Manchester will be collecting food at the following locations for our 11th Annual “Emergency of Hunger Food Drive. We hope to see you soon!
- Stop & Shop in Manchester, 318 West Middle Turnpike 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Stop & Shop in South Windsor, 1739 Ellington Road, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Geissler’s Supermarket, South Windsor, 965 Sullivan Ave., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Stop & Shop in Vernon, 10 Pitkin Road, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Stop & Shop in the Rockville section of Vernon, 50 Windsorville Road, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Team ASM-Aetna, under direction of our Reimbursement Manager and Chair of PurpleStride CT ( Affiliate of Pancreatic Cancer Action Network), Amy Griskus, wore purple today to help raise awareness about the disease. To learn more about World Pancreatic Cancer today, CLICK HERE. Don’t forget to register for the PurpleStride Run/Walk this coming June. More information to come once event registration opens!
by Jesse Leavenworth
First responders and other volunteers in Manchester, South Windsor and Vernon will be collecting food and cash donations to stock area food pantries, starting in Manchester on Saturday and Sunday.
Coordinated by the Ambulance Service of Manchester, the Emergency of Hunger Food Drive is in its 11th year. This year, Highland Park Market is joining the effort, hosting collections at the Manchester store, food drive spokesman Patrick Gleason said.
Along with police officers, firefighters and ambulance crews, participants include the Manchester Area Conference of Churches, Hockanum Valley Community Council, South Windsor Food and Fuel Bank, Police Explorers and Rotary Club members.
On Saturday and Sunday, volunteers will be collecting turkeys, chickens, non-perishable food items, cash and gift cards at Highland Park Market, 317 Highland St., and Stop & Shop supermarket, 318 West Middle Turnpike. Collections on both days are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Collections are to continue on Nov. 23 and 24 at both Manchester locations and at the South Windsor Stop & Shop, 1739 Ellington Road; Geissler’s supermarket in South Windsor, 965 Sullivan Ave.; Stop & Shop in Vernon, 10 Pitkin Road; and the Stop & Shop in the Rockville section of Vernon, 50 Windsorville Road.
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SOUTH WINDSOR – On Monday, November 11, 2019 ASM EMT’s Jenna Kinghorn and Justin Craig visited Station 3 of South Windsor Fire Department to assist the FD with a local school visit. During the event, over 80 2nd grade children participated in a discussion covering both medical and fire related emergencies and had the opportunity to tour the ambulance and fire apparatuses.
EAST HARTFORD – On Tuesday, November 5th ASM partnered with the students and faculty from Pathways Academy of Technology and Design. The team received points towards the next competition by participating in this safety related course. ASM is a proud sponsor of the 2019/2020 “Birds of Prey” robotics team season.
No Shave November is officially here! ASM and Aetna are encouraging employees to put down their razors in an effort to raise awareness for men’s health!
Official Rules for Team ASM-Aetna
- Road personnel are required to follow all OSHA requirements and adhere to the grooming policies outlined in the ASM and Aetna employee manuals.
- One “Beard” Team Captain from ASM and one “Beard” Team Captain from Aetna will be selected based on popular vote at month end.
- Alternates from each company will selected following results in the same fashion.
- Anonymous votes will be collected inside dispatch at 10-1 for ASM and Station A for Aetna.
- Prizes for the four respective winners will be distributed by the management team in early December.
- ASM and Aetna will be contributing to the Movember Foundation at the end of the month.Employees, family members and friendshave the opportunity to contribute as well by following the link to Team ASM-Aetna provided below.
To learn more about the cause and donate to the Movember Foundation please:
MANCHESTER- On October 21st and 22nd, Ambulance Service of Manchester hosted NETEC (National Ebola Training and Education Center) for a one day program designed for Emergency Medical Services. This program teaches the participant how to identify a potentially infectious patient and how to safely handle and transport them. During the class, participants learned how to prepare their ambulance and how to properly don and doff protective gear, including the PAPR (Powered Air Purifying Respirator). Multiple agencies participated in this training and ASM would like to thank the Connecticut Department of Public Health for sponsoring it. For more information on NETEC, please CLICK HERE.
MANCHESTER- On Monday October 14th, 2019 Ambulance Service of Manchester hosted its fourth American Red Cross Blood Drive at ASM’s headquarters. Numerous employees, friends, family, and community members participated in the day-long event. ASM has committed to hosting a drive at least twice a year. Thank you to all of the new and returning donors and we look forward to the next event!
A note from the Red Cross:
ASM’s Kayla Fortin and Amie Lacasse spent this past Sunday morning supporting the Lowe’s “Safety Day” event in South Windsor. Stores across the country worked with local EMS agencies to educate families about equipping their homes with accident preventing devices. Children had the opportunity to work side by side building wooden trucks with Ambulance Service of Manchester staff and members of South Windsor Police Department.
MANCHESTER – As of October 10th 2019, ASM’s Orlando Diaz has been cleared by Eastern Connecticut Health Network medical control for independent dispatch as a paramedic to the towns that ASM serves. Orlando was hired at the Ambulance Service of Manchester in February 2017. He offered the following sentiment:
“Precepting with ASM was truly an unbelievable experience. ASM covers a large area, which opened up great opportunities for newer Paramedics, like myself. Learning how to work with volunteers and managing a scene appropriately was one of my favorite parts of precepting. I also appreciated the time my preceptors took to share their experiences. I look forward to being cleared for independent medical control, as well as continuing to learn while providing the best possible care for my patients.”
As with all precepting phases at ASM, Orlando’s final approval came from Eastern Connecticut Health Network after shadowing him and his preceptors in the field as they responded to emergency calls. On behalf of the ASM Family, we would like to wish Orlando the best of luck and say we are very proud to have such skilled professionals on staff.
Year three fundraising for Team ASM-Aetna was a great success. Through the efforts of our employees, family members, and friends, we were able to raise a total of $2,280 for Breast Cancer Research. In addition, Team ASM-Aetna returned for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk this past Sunday, at Bushnell Park in downtown Hartford. Thank you to everyone involved for your generous contributions and dedication to the cause.