Hospital Preparedness Program and EMSTS Partner to Provide P-25 Mobile Radios to Ambulance Services
Note: We are focusing first on providing radios to smaller, volunteer ambualance services with minimal resources. Funding is limited and radios will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Get your application in early to be eligible.
In collaboration with the Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems Section, the Montana Hospital Preparedness Program, Department of Public Health & Human Services, is offering a unique opportunity for ambulance services. The opportunity allows ambulance services to participate in training (receive free CE!!) and upgrade their communications capability at the same time. Funding for this project is made available through the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), Department of Health and Human Services.
To qualify the service for a free digital mobile radio, fifty percent (50%) of the members of the EMS agency must complete Mutual Aid for EMS oon the Section's LearningZen software. The radio is a Motorola XT2500 mobile radio with rear control and encryption. Installation and maintenance costs will be the responsibility of the agency receiving the radio. This project is designed to assist those services with both a “need” for a mobile radio and little or no financial resources to meet that need as a first priority.
Mutual Aid for EMS is an online course developed to provide EMS responders with basic information about the need for mutual aid agreements, the protections offered by mutual aid agreements and the responsibilities of participants in a mutual aid response. This course has been revised, updated and made available on line through Learning Zen. Learning Zen is a Learning Management System that will document your course completion and provide a Continuing Education certificate. This means that you can take the course from your home, office or your station quarters at your own pace.
Go to https://mtemergencycare.learningzen.com to gain access to LearningZen. Establish an account with your personal username and password. Log in at your convenience to take Mutual Aid for EMS. The course is brief and you can print the course completion certificate when you finish. Use the Internet Explorer browser for best results.
Share this information with all the members of your service and make sure everyone has access to the course. When at least 50% of the members have taken the course, complete the application and sign-in sheet and return to EMS & Trauma Systems Section.
The application, along with copies of LearngZen certificates verifying completion of the Mutual Aid for EMS course, shoud be returned to EMS & Trauma Systems Section, DPHHS, PO Box 202951, Helena, MT 59620 or electronically as an attachment to Shari Graham.