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MANCHESTER- In another joint effort with Manchester Fire-Rescue-EMS, Ambulance Service of Manchester has teamed up with the Board of Education to coordinate a free EMT class at the high school. ASM Education Supervisor, Melissa Osborne acts as the lead instructor with assistance from FD personnel. Following successful completion of the program, students involved will be eligible for certification at the EMT-Basic level. As part of the course syllabus, Melissa has organized a visit to Ambulance Service of Manchester’s Headquarters. There, the students will put their classroom knowledge to the test by utilizing ASM’s state of the art training facility. To read more about the MHS EMT Pilot Program, click here for a recent article by Journal Inquirer Reporter Emily Brindley.

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In addition to the pilot, ASM partnered with Manchester High School’s Allied Health Program in 2017, providing 20+ students with “ride-along” shadowing opportunities. This program is on-going and provides all MHS students, even those not formally enrolled in an EMT program a chance to gain real world EMS experience.

Upcoming Charity Events

Team ASM-AETNA will be participating in two large charity events in the coming months. The first, an American Red Cross Blood Drive, will be hosted at Ambulance Service of Manchester’s headquarters on New State Road on Wednesday May 1st, 2019. Employees, friends, family and community members are all encouraged to register.

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Team ASM-Aetna is also returning to Hubbard Park on June 15th, 2019 for the Purple Stride Walk to End Pancreatic Cancer. Details on how to join our team will be avaiable in the coming weeks.

Team ASM-Aetna Participates in 2019 CT Brain Freeze!

Year two fundraising for Team ASM-Aetna was a great success. Through the efforts of employees, family members, and friends, over $1,700 was raised for Brain Tumor Research. All proceeds were donated to the National Brain Tumor Society. Thank you to everyone involved for your generous contributions and dedication to the cause. Please enjoy pictures from the event below!

Manchester “Sheroes” Project

MANCHESTER- Ambulance Service of Manchester teams up with Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Manchester-Fire-Rescue-EMS, Manchester Police Department and Bully Breed Training for an upcoming women’s empowerment program. For more information, click here read to Hartford Courant Staff Writer Quoron Walker’s article. ASM will be hosting one of the four events at our home office on New State Road!

Cleared for Independent Dispatch: ASM’s Scott Harrington Completes Precepting Phase

MANCHESTER – As of February 15th 2019, ASM’s Scott Harrington has been cleared by Eastern Connecticut Health Network medical control for independent dispatch as a paramedic to the towns that ASM serves. Scott was hired at the Ambulance Service of Manchester in June, 2016. He offered the following sentiment:

“I have been with ASM for just over two and a half years now and I feel that the time and experience with the department as an EMT has prepared me for the transition to my role as a Paramedic. The environment at ASM is very conducive to someone who wants to learn as much as possible. My preceptors, Scott Crittenden and Tim Lachappelle, are a wealth of knowledge and I was fortunate enough to see a variety of situations with each of them during my 12 weeks of precepting. Through their support, the support of my wife, family, friends, co-workers, and my instructors from the Greenfield Community College Paramedic Program, I feel I am as ready as I can be to take on the challenge of working as an independent Paramedic and to continue to learn each and every day.”

As with all precepting phases at ASM, Scott’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 Scott the best of luck and say we are very proud to have such skilled professionals on staff.

A Special Note…

SOUTH WINDSOR – In early January, The Ambulance Service of Manchester received a hand written thank you note addressed to Paramedic David Pozniak and EMT Mike Sparks. The note, as depicted below, is in regards to a transport completed a few weeks prior.

The two guys were the best. They actually made me forget my pain. God Bless them! I’ve told everyone how good they were and I will highly recommend them.

Meet the Newest Members of the Team: ASM Hires Seven – 2019

MANCHESTER — On January 28th, 2019 seven EMTs were added to the ASM team. As part of our continued growth, Aetna and ASM seek out only the best candidates. We look for employees who are focused on high-quality patient care, are team oriented and conduct themselves in a professional manner. During the orientation, employees learn about company philosophy and goals, quality assurance, and policies and procedures.

Arisha Lopez: FULL TIME, EMT. My name is Arisha Lopez and I’m 24 years old, from East Hartford. For the past 3 years I worked as a Security Officer securing premises and personnel at The Hartford. I obtained my EMT-B certification through Code One Training Solutions. What led me to become an EMT was my passion to help others in need. I plan on furthering my education in paramedic studies someday. When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and my two rescued cats. I’m excited to begin my career with ASM and, I look forward to serving my community.
Christopher Sookram: FULL TIME, EMT. My name is Christopher Sookram and I am originally from Hartford, but currently living in Manchester. I obtained my EMT-B certification last year at CPR training professionals and currently have been a volunteer for Glastonbury Volunteer Ambulance for three months. I am very excited and thankful for the opportunity to work with ASM and further my career in EMS. In my free time I enjoy going to the gym, traveling, hiking and video games.
Peter Chusid: FULL TIME, EMT. Hi there, my name is Peter Chusid. I am 23 years old and have just finished my EMT training after having completed my Bachelor’s degree at Quinnipiac University. I’m thrilled and honored to be a part of the ASM team and I look forward to developing my passion and gaining experience in the field of EMS. In my free time, I volunteer at Oxford Ambulance and I also enjoy running, Frisbee, and video games. I look forward to working with you all!
Patrick Danford: FULL TIME, EMT. My name is Patrick Danford Jr. and I’m 42 yrs. old. I have a background in residential construction and remodeling. When I’m not working I’m spending time with my family, playing music and perfecting my BBQ skills. I’m honored to have been selected to come on board as a part of the team, and looking forward to building my future career in EMS here at ASM.
Esther Gibbs: FULL TIME, EMT. My name is Esther Gibbs and I’m 21 years old. I lived in LA for two years before moving back to Connecticut and taking my EMT course at Code One on a whim and fell in love with work and the humility it brought me. I’m excited and grateful for this opportunity to give back to the community. In my free time I enjoy traveling, working out, and going on adventures.
Amanda Larochelle: FULL TIME, EMT. My name is Amanda Larochelle and I am 21 years old. I started my journey at 15 years old when I joined a volunteer fire department and obtained my EMT a couple of years later. Since then, I have continued with the fire service and received my Fire 1&2, Hazmat Operations, and Cold Water Rescue certificates from the fire academy. I plan to obtain my paramedic as well as my Fire Instructor. When I am not at the firehouse or working, I enjoy working out and cooking. I’m very excited for this opportunity and look forward to learning and advancing my knowledge here at ASM.
Michael McNulty: FULL TIME, EMT. My name is Michael and I am an 11 year veteran of EMS. I began my journey in EMS in 2007 by obtaining my Certified First Responder certification, then obtained my EMT certification in 2010. Most recently, I have served as an EMS Lieutenant for a Fire Department as well as an EMT and a Crew Chief on an ambulance in a neighboring town. My plan is to further my education and advance my skill set by applying to Paramedic school in the near future. I am passionate about emergency medicine and dedicated to the citizens that I serve. When not working, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, and watching my beloved Boston sports teams. I am grateful to ASM for allowing me the opportunity to work for them and excited for what is yet to come.
 

ASM Participates in Community Event

MANCHESTER- On Tuesday January 22nd, 2019 “First Baptist Church” located on Hillstown Road hosted their 2nd Annual “First Responders Drive in Chili Lunch.” ASM crews were able to take a few minutes to enjoy a hot meal and recognition from the event volunteers.

ASM 2018 “Community Threads” Coat Drive

MANCHESTER-The results are in for the second annual ASM Coat Drive! Thanks to employees, family members and friends, over 40 jackets along with multiple, hats, coats and scarves were collected. ASM’s Laura McHugh was the driving force for this initiative. All donations were delivered to the Manchester Area Conference of Churches (M.A.C.C.) clothing store “Community Threads” located at 466 Main Street in Manchester. A quote from Laura, the event organizer is provided below.

“I am pleased to announce the ASM 2nd annual coat drive has doubled donations received in 2018. This would not have been possible without the help of our employees, family and friends. As an EMS community I sincerely appreciate the help received in coming together to make the area we service a better place.”

CT Children’s and State Police Toy Drive in Pictures – 2018

The 2018 “Stuff a Cruiser” Toy Drive was again a great success. Below you will find a collage of pictures from the days spent collecting toys for Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Thank you to ASM and Aetna employees, friends and families for their continued involvement and dedication to this event.

STATE POLICE “STUFF A CRUISER” TOY DRIVE UNDERWAY

Friday, December 14, 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturday, December 15, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Sunday, December 16, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Locations:

Walmart Manchester – 420 Buckland Hills Dr, Manchester, CT
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Walmart East Windsor – 44 Prospect Hill Rd, East Windsor, CT
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Walmart Cromwell – 161 Berlin Rd, Cromwell, CT
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10th Annual Emergency of Hunger Food Drive Results!

MANCHESTER – The 10th Annual “Emergency of Hunger” Food Drive, composed of first responders, Rotary members, and others, was a great success! Their combined efforts continue to make a deep and widening impact on hunger in greater Hartford. This year volunteers from Manchester, Vernon, and South Windsor collected   28,000+ food items, 850+ turkeys, and $15,000 in gift card and monitory donations. Please click here to read Contact Reporter Jesse Leavenworth’s article in the Hartford Courant!

ASM Attends Veteran’s Dedication in Hebron

On November 15th 2018, Colebrook Village at Hebron hosted a Veteran’s Day Commemoration to honor their resident veterans. ASM EMTs Cody Desilets and Lieutenant Kayla Fortin attended the ceremony which included a Veterans Wall of Honor Dedication.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ambulance Service of Manchester, LLC and Aetna Ambulance, Inc. would like to thank all past and present veterans for their service to the United States of America. A special thank you to our employees that have served and continue to do so today. We are fortunate to have such patriotic individuals representing our team.

10th Annual Emergency of Hunger Food Drive!

HARTFORD COURANT

by Jesse Leavenworth

First responders and food pantry managers gathered at the MACC Community Kitchen Monday to kick off the Emergency of Hunger Food Drive.

Collections of turkeys, non-perishable food items, cash and gift cards are scheduled for the next two weekends at supermarkets in Manchester, Vernon and South Windsor.

The effort relies on the public’s generosity and volunteers from police, fire and emergency medical agencies, along with Rotary Club members and Stop & Shop and Geissler’s supermarkets. Collections benefit clients of soup kitchens and food pantries, including those run by Manchester Area Conference of Churches Charities and the Hockanum Valley Community Council.

Items needed, in particular, include canned vegetables, condiments, sugar, flour, coffee, tea and cocoa. Cash donations and gift cards also are welcome, food drive spokesman Patrick Gleason of Ambulance Service of Manchester said.

Last year, the drive netted 31,276 food items, 675 turkeys and cash and gift card donations totaling about $16,000. Each year, participating agencies challenge each other to collect the most donations. Losers this year have agreed to work at the winner’s food pantry or soup kitchen, Gleason said.

Collections are set for:

_ Friday and Saturday and Nov. 17 and 18 at Manchester Stop & Shop, 286 Broad St., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day;

_ Stop & Shop in Vernon, 10 Pitkin Road, Nov. 17 and 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day;

_ Stop & Shop in the Rockville section of Vernon, 50 Windsorville Road, Nov. 17 and 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day;

_ Stop & Shop in South Windsor, 1739 Ellington Road, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.;

_ And Geissler’s Supermarket, South Windsor, 965 Sullivan Ave., Nov. 17 and 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Meet the Newest Members of the Team: ASM Hires Seven – 2018

MANCHESTER — On October 26th, 2018 seven EMTs were added to the ASM team. As part of our continued growth, Aetna and ASM seek out only the best candidates. We look for employees who are focused on high-quality patient care, are team oriented and conduct themselves in a professional manner. During the orientation, employees learn about company philosophy and goals, quality assurance, and policies and procedures.


Sandra Parker: FULL TIME, EMT. Hi Everyone! My name is Sandra Parker. I’m 25 years old. I grew up in Western MA and currently reside here in Manchester CT. I received my EMT-B license in the spring of this year after completing the New Britain EMS Academy program. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Communications with a focus in Social Media Marketing from Worcester State University. It wasn’t until a year left of my program when I decided healthcare was where I wanted to be. I have spent the past several years at two different hospitals working in different areas. That experience just enforced how much I wanted to actually be in healthcare. I’m a dog mom to Louie my 1.5yr old black lab mix. In my spare time I love traveling and going to the beach in the summer and exploring my new state! I’m excited to start this new adventure and the opportunities I will have! I’m looking forward to growing personally and professionally. I can’t wait to meet and work with all of you!


 

Andrew Hinchliffe: FULL TIME, EMT.  My name is Andrew Hinchliffe and I am one of the recent new hires here at ASM.  I’m excited to get started in health care and eventually transition into becoming a paramedic.  My interest in helping people comes from my love of extreme sports and being prepared for anything. I’m looking forward to caring for people with interesting stories coming from all backgrounds.

 


Rebecca Vest: FULL TIME, EMT. My name is Rebecca Vest I am 29 years old. I attended Central Connecticut State University where I completed a bachelor’s degree in both Anthropology and Sociology. For five years after graduating I worked with students across ages on the autism spectrum and their families. My new passion in health care started with caring for medically fragile students within the classroom. Through my own medical journey, I have met many caring and loving people that made my diagnosis of Endometriosis easier and continue to raise awareness. I plan to see where my career as an EMT takes me, gain experience, and possibly pursue the next step as a paramedic.


Deniz Yarsuvat: FULL TIME, EMT. My name is Deniz Yarsuvat and I’m 22 years old. I moved from my home of Istanbul, Turkey to the U.S. at age 17 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Connecticut. Upon graduating, I received my EMT-B certification from UCONN and have been an active volunteer in Coventry Fire Department ever since.  I plan on returning to UCONN medical school in 2019 to pursue a career in general surgery. When I am not working and studying I enjoy weightlifting, running, and video games. I am very excited and thankful for the opportunity to work with ASM and further my career in EMS.


Hannah Scrivener: FULL TIME, EMT. My name is Hannah Scrivener, I was born in Austin, Texas but grew up in Connecticut. I have been working as an EMT for the last year in the Emergency Dept. at CCMC, as well as volunteering with Mansfield Fire Dept. I obtained my EMT certification through Code One. I attend school full time, which I started at University of Southern Maine, and I hope to be done in the next couple of years. I am excited to be joining the ASM team and building my career. During my free time, I love to go hiking and camping. I am currently adopting a two year old dog into my life whose name is Levi.


Alyssa Chapdelaine: FULL TIME, EMT. Hello. My name is Alyssa Chapdelaine. I’m an EMT-B. I went to college at QVCC in Danielson for my EMT certification. I’ve been an EMT for 4 years. My first job was for American Ambulance in Norwich. Before I was an EMT I was a Home Health Aide and PCA with DayKimball in Putnam. My goals in the future are to become a Paramedic. I’m planning to attend Capital’s Paramedic Program. I look forward to working at ASM and gaining more experience before starting school.


Philip Zetterstrom: FULL TIME, EMT. Hello my name is Philip Zetterstrom. I am 34 years old. I’ve worked in the landscaping/construction industry for quite some time and I am excited to start a new career as an EMT.  After I completed my EMT course at CPR Training Professionals, I couldn’t wait to get started in the field of ems.  I would love to at some point become a firefighter.