Andrew Hedberg Celebrates 10 Years at ASM

ASM is proud to recognize Andrew Hedberg who celebrates 10 years of service this month. In addition to his responsibilities as an EMS-I, Drew is a Driving Training Officer, Field Training Officer, teaches CPR, Bloodborne Pathogens and initial EMT classes at Manchester High School for the program that is run for students wanting to become EMT’s. We would like to thank Drew for his hard work and dedication to both the company and our community. Congratulations Drew!

Cleared for Independent Dispatch: ASM’s Amie Lacasse Completes Precepting Phase

MANCHESTER – As of July 8th, 2020, ASM’s Amie Lacasse has been cleared by Eastern Connecticut Health Network medical control for independent dispatch as a paramedic to the towns that ASM serves. Amie was hired at the Ambulance Service of Manchester in December of 2017 and completed her Paramedic training through Capital Community Colleges Paramedic Program. Amie’s preceptors were Paramedic Supervisor Bob O’Neil and Paramedic Dave White.

As with all precepting phases at ASM, Amie’s final approval came from Eastern Connecticut Health Network after shadowing her in the field as they responded to emergency calls. On behalf of the ASM Family, we would like to wish Amie the best of luck and say we are very proud to have such skilled professionals on staff.

Aetna Celebrates 75 Years

Aetna Ambulance Service, Inc. was founded in 1945 by the remarkable Grady brothers in response to the Hartford Circus Fire on July 6, 1944, a tragedy that claimed over 100 lives and injured hundreds. Brothers Herman and Howard Grady later joined by their wives Jean and Ethel Grady founded the company, creating one of the first minority-owned ambulance services in the country. The successful business has continued to fulfill a vital public service while retaining it’s rich diversity and exceptional medical care. It is a point of pride for Aetna employees we continue this tradition to the present day. uAt a time when World War ll was still in progress, the arrival of the Barnum and Bailey Circus was a big event with no exception to the city of Hartford. The attraction provided excitement in difficult times. The crowd was made up of mostly women and children as many of the men were away fighting in the war. The large Circus tents were set up on Barbour Street in Hartford. At the time the tents were made out of canvas and it was common to use paraffin, a combustible material, to make them water repellent. The fire led to the national prohibition of canvas tents coated with paraffin. uBrothers Herman and Howard Grady had both been Corpsmen in the Navy where they trained in first aid that would prove valuable in treating and caring for the injured. The Grady Family owned a flower shop on Wethersfield Avenue in Hartford and would later run Aetna Ambulance out of their family home. At a time before television, people listened to the radio and when word of the fire was announced, a call went out for anyone with a truck or vehicle to respond to the scene to help transport the injured to the hospital. The Grady family immediately used their delivery van to assist and transported many. The Grady Family was deeply moved by the tragic event and the great loss of life in the Circus fire. They recognized a need for a full-time ambulance company in Hartford and went on to start their own in 1945, more than 10 years before the civil rights movement took hold in America. They possessed a deep commitment to help those in need, commonly being called out of family events, holiday dinners in inclement weather. The Grady’s also taught first aid classes to help educate others and serve their community. Aetna is proud of its dedication to Emergency Medical Services and it’s distinction in medical transportation.

FREE Tax Prep for First Responders

To show our DEEP APPRECIATION for the work THEY do EVERYDAY

(Do you have family or friends who do this critical work?)

Borgida & Company, P.C(Manchester office only) is offering free federal & State of CT income tax preparation and submission of 2019 personal (1040) tax returns to First Responders* who live and/or work in Manchester, CT. The program will run from June 1, until September 1, 2020. First Responders are encouraged to contact us ASAP as the returns will be completed on a first come, first served basis.

*For the purpose of this promotion, First Responders include: Firefighters, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) & Emergency Medical Services (EMS), also Law Enforcement including State Troopers, Sheriffs, Sheriff’s Deputies and Local Police.

Requirements:

>First Responders must show proof in the form of an ID badge and one mail item with home address.

>First Responders must contact Borgida & Company, P.C. between June 1, through September 1, 2020 and the returns will be completed on a first come, first served basis.

>First Responders must sign Borgida & Company “work authorization” letter, provide copy of 2018 income tax returns and complete a new client questionnaire between from June 1 through September 1, 2020. Click on the link below if you are interested!

Manchester High Students Get Ready for NREMT

Manchester High School students Ciera Moore and Liya Jose practice for the NREMT with ASM’s Sean Norton. Ambulance Service of Manchester and Manchester Fire-Rescue-EMS created this program last year with the cooperation with the Manchester Board of Education with the intent of bring more qualified and diversified candidates into the world of Emergency Medical Service.   This year’s class offered unique challenges due to the pandemic and the students were able to successfully switch to an online class format and complete their course work.  By the end of June the class will be testing for their NREMT EMT certification.

Meet the Newest Members of the Team: ASM Hires Five – 2020

MANCHESTER — On May 26th, 2020 five EMTs were added to the ASM team. We look for employees who are focused on high-quality patient care, are team-oriented and conduct themselves in a professional manner. Training consists of several phases including company philosophy, quality assurance as well as policies and procedures. As part of our plan for continued growth, ASM is looking for qualified candidates.

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From left to right: Noam Kessing, Mark Wong, Roxanne Giannotti, Michael Bennett, Ileana Morales

MACC Charities Donates Food for ASM Crews

On Friday, May 29th Manchester Area Conference of Churches provided Ambulance Service of Manchester crews with a delicious lunch. Chef Luke and Chef Ferdinand prepared an amazing meal and then delivered it with the help of Outreach Worker Mark Nadeau. Crews enjoyed a hot chicken meal, beautiful salad, and topped it all off with the best cake for dessert. ASM would like to thank Beth Stafford and everyone at M.A.C.C. for this thoughtful donation!

ASM Receives Thanks During EMS Week!

ASM would like to thank Kevin McMahon and Community Child Guidance Clinic (CCGC) for providing breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the crews this past Tuesday. This was a great surprise, especially during EMS week. Over the last year, ASM has developed a partnership with CCGC to improve the relationships with both students and faculty. CCGC supports children with emotional and behavior issues by providing special education day school and a system of child and family-focused mental health services.

Thank you for thinking of us CCGC and Happy EMS Week to all!

Cleared for Independent Dispatch: ASM’s Spencer Shirshac Completes Precepting Phase

MANCHESTER – As of May 5th, 2020, ASM’s Spencer Shirshac has been cleared by Eastern Connecticut Health Network medical control for independent dispatch as a paramedic to the towns that ASM serves. Spencer was hired at the Ambulance Service of Manchester in June of 2011 and completed his Paramedic training at Capital Community College. Spencer’s preceptors were Paramedic Supervisor Josh Traber and Paramedic Scott Crittenden.

On behalf of the ASM Family, we would like to wish Spencer the best of luck and say we are very proud to have such skilled professionals on staff.