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KBEMS executive director Poynter named Board Certified Community Paramedic, one of 16 in nation

Michael Poynter, executive director of the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS), recently became the first Kentucky Board Certified Community Paramedic by the International Board of Specialty Certification, only the sixteenth awarded in the nation. Michael Poynter “I am honored to receive this recognition and to be amongst such distinguished company,” said Poynter. “Community...

Kentucky sending Ambulance Strike Team to Florida to provide emergency hurricane assistance

Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) is assisting in another emergency services team deployment through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). The Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS) will deploy an Ambulance Strike Team to Florida Monday to provide emergency assistance with Hurricane Irma. The ambulance strike team, which consists of 30 members, six ambulances and a...

National EMS Week highlighted by Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services

The Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS) is celebrating National EMS Week May 15-21. This year’s theme is, “Called to Care.” Kentucky’s EMS heroes provide outstanding day-to-day practice of patient care, provider and patient safety, community awareness and injury prevention. “We hear people say it’s a calling to work in the medical field, and I believe that’s true,”...