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More than 400 emergency medical services (EMS) professionals at Falck Northern California have won their election to join United EMS Workers-AFSCME Local 4911, a victory that will strengthen their efforts to improve the services they provide to their communities.

The ballots were counted at the National Labor Relations Board office here Monday, revealing a union victory despite the private company’s attempts to divide and discourage employees. Workers joined AFSCME seeking more accountability and respect and, most importantly, a greater commitment to patient care and safety.

We are pleased to inform you that on Thursday June 1st, the California State Assembly approved AB 263. This requires contracted private sector EMS employers to provide adequate rest and meal breaks to service providers. It will reduce some of the chronic stress that has been shown to lead to higher rates of mental health issues for EMS professionals. The bill also requires the California Emergency Medical Services Authority to produce a report in January of 2019 and annually thereafter on workplace violence faced by EMS workers.

The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma has named Lisa La Russo as the recipient of The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma Scholarship on September 14. La Russo has been a paramedic for American Medical Response in Riverside County, California for 28 years.

La Russo is also the founder of a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing pediatric drowning incidents and was instrumental in achieving needle cricothyroidotomy as a skill for paramedics in Riverside County.