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KENSINGTON — A former emergency medical technician facing charges he sexually assaulted three children and possessed hundreds of child sexual abuse images is looking to split the case into two trials.

Attorneys representing Todd Burnim, 54, filed a motion at Rockingham Superior Court to have one trial for the 12 aggravated felonious sexual assault counts and two felonious sexual assault charges and another one for the 15 counts of possession of child sex abuse images.

"It is not alleged that any of these images depict (the alleged victims) nor is it alleged that Mr. Burnim ever showed (the alleged victims) any of the discovered images," stated Burnim's public defender Emily Jessep in a court motion to sever the cases.

Kensington police arrested Todd Burnim, 54, on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child and possession of child sex abuse images.

Rockingham County Attorney Pat Conway opposed severing the sexual assault charges involving the three victims into different trials in a separate court filing. However, she did agree in the same filing the possession of child sex abuse images should be tried separately.

The case is currently scheduled for trial in February.

Todd Burnim

Burnim was arrested after a two-hour standoff with Kensington police on Jan. 18 on charges that he molested three children under the age of 13 between 2012 and 2019.

Kensington Police Chief Scott Cain previously said that based on the evidence they found during the investigation, police believe Burnim drugged his victims before engaging in criminal sexual behavior. Burnim, who served as an EMT for Kensington and East Kingston fire departments, had recently worked at Action Ambulance Service, according to the Kensington police.

Previous reporting:Ex-EMT charged with drugging, sexually assaulting children: Fourth accuser comes forward

Court filings reveal new details

New details of the case were revealed in the accurate court filings.

Burnim is accused of sexually abusing one child from the age of 6 to 12 years old and another from the age of 9 to 12. A third child was sexually abused in 2017 for a period of a few weeks.

According to court documents, one child described Burnim giving her "green liquid from a syringe" that tasted like an apple as well as a small white pill that would make her sleepy before the alleged assaults.

Another child said Burnim gave her sips of green liquid that tasted like apples and "gas that came in a white package and looked like whipped cream but wasn't whipped cream."

"The defendant would make (the alleged victim) wear an oxygen mask and administer the gas into the mask while she was wearing it," stated Conway in court documents

"… After inhaling the gas and drinking the liquid, (she) would become dizzy and sometimes pass out. (She) remembers waking up undressed and having no idea how she became undressed."

Police executed a search warrant on Burnim's home on Jan. 19.

According to court documents, police found white pills in a clear plastic baggie in the kitchen as well as bottles of medicine and pills in a safe inside the closet of the master bedroom. They also recovered two syringes from the nightstand in Burnim's bedroom and multiple boxes of whipped cream aerosol-nitrous oxide canisters, commonly known as "whippets."

Police also seized sex toys, a digital camera, multiple cell phones, multiple hard drives, a laptop and a desktop computer.

800 child sex abuse images allegedly found on computer

Conway stated in court documents a forensic examination of the electronic devices seized at Burnim's home revealed 800 child sex abuse images on a hard drive on the desktop computer. Five images were also found on a mobile phone and another five on external drives.

The state, according to court documents, picked 15 images to use as the subject matter for the 15 counts of possession against Burnim.

Burnim's defense attorney argued the charges should be tried separately as the assault charges are not related to the possession charges and would be "highly and unfairly prejudicial" if presented to a jury.

Conway agreed in a court motion because the state, at this point of time, "has been unable to identify any of the found images as the (alleged victims in the case)."

A large portion of the images, according to court documents, contained sexual abuse committed against infants and toddlers. There was also a number of images of an adult engaged in sexual acts with a female child or female children.

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Killexams : Heart attack and stroke victims must be helped during paramedic strike, says Health Secretary

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Unions must deliver a firm commitment that ambulance crews across England will respond to heart attack and stroke callouts during the first nationwide strike action by paramedics in more than three decades, the Health Secretary demanded on Wednesday.

Health services and unions have said crews will still cover emergency Category One incidents during the strikes, which include life-threatening injuries, illnesses and cardiac arrests where the patient has stopped breathing and does not have a pulse.

But minister Steve Barclay on Wednesday raised questions over whether striking ambulance services will cover all emergency Category Two conditions, which can include heart attacks, strokes, epilepsy and burns.

“There’s a question in terms of whether they will cover all the Cat Twos — those are the emergency responses to things like heart attacks and stroke — so it is hugely important that those are also covered,” he told Times Radio.

The ambulance strikes on December 21 are part of a wave of walkouts this winter which will hit the railways, NHS and other public services.

Mr Barclay said talks are due to take place tomorrow between ambulance chiefs, NHS bosses and the unions to discuss Category Two coverage. He confirmed the Army could be called on to provide emergency back up. The GMB, Unison and Unite unions are co-ordinating industrial action across England and Wales in a dispute over pay.

But the impact of the action will vary from region to region with workers from all three unions only voting to strike in the north east and north west.

In London, while Unison workers are set to go on strike, crews represented by GMB and Unite will not join the action which starts at noon on December 21 and will last until midnight.

Union sources added that only “road crew” paramedics would be involved in the first stage of the dispute in the capital, meaning other medics would continue to provide specialist advice over the phone at the London Ambulance Service’s 999 call centres. It is unclear at this stage what impact the strike will have on the London crews’ ability to respond to emergencies.

It has about 2,800 paramedics and emergency medical technicians but not all belong to a union. London Ambulance Service, the busiest in the country, normally has between 400 and 450 ambulances on duty across the capital.

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “Our staff and service are already under significant pressure. Should the industrial action go ahead, we will do everything we can to maintain lifesaving services for our sickest and most seriously injured patients. We hope negotiations reach a resolution so that this strike does not take place.”

Unison head of health Sara Gorton said: “Ambulance managers will be drawing up cover plans for each service. Unions will discuss those and ensure appropriate responses to emergencies on strike days.

“But instead of speculating about the consequences of a strike, Steve Barclay should be focusing all his energies on stopping action from happening.”

Mr Barclay said he was “open to talks with the trade unions” to resolve the dispute but added that if all public sector workers were given a pay rise in line with inflation it would cost £28 billion.

Royal Mail workers, nurses, highway workers, driving examiners, Heathrow baggage handlers, bus drivers and railway staff are also set to strike.

Some 40,000 train union members will press ahead with industrial action on December 13, 14, 16, 17, between 24 and 27 and on January 3, 4, 6 and 7 after talks broke down with rail operators over pay and conditions.

Transport Secretary Mark Harper today urged rail unions to deliver “at least a neutral recommendation” when putting offers to their members.

Ministers are already under pressure to speed up strike busting laws, which have stalled in Parliament.

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Killexams : Patients being treated in ambulances ‘used as A&E cubicles’ at overburdened hospitals Ambulance crews are spending hours waiting with patients outside full A&E departments as the NHS comes under intense pressure (Picture: Getty/EPA) © Provided by Metro Ambulance crews are spending hours waiting with patients outside full A&E departments as the NHS comes under intense pressure (Picture: Getty/EPA)

Emergency staff have told of ambulances effectively being used as hospital cubicles as exhausted crews wait outside A&E departments.

Two workers laid bare the pressures on the service – with waits after 999 calls at a record high – ahead of strike action due later this month.  

One described how frustrated crews sometimes spend entire 12-hour shifts waiting outside overburdened A&E departments.

Another told of how she apologetically tells patients that the ‘NHS is broken’ and said she had to be relieved by another crew while stuck outside a hospital with an elderly patient at the end of a shift.  

More than 10,000 ambulance workers in England and Wales are due to walk out on December 21 amid pressures that include the worst waiting times on record at A&E departments.  

Jeff Gorman, UNISON branch secretary at North West Ambulance Service, said: ‘We are queuing up outside emergency departments for hours on end and we have patients in the back of ambulances, which are being used as cubicles. On occasions sadly we have had patients die, which should never happen. I’ve been here 35 years and I never dreamed anything like this would ever happen.  

‘In normal times we take the patient to A&E, hand them over to hospital staff and we would turn round within 15 minutes and be clear for the next emergency. Now we get to A&E and we sit and wait for the hospital to find somewhere to put the patient. 

‘The hospital staff just don’t have the resources to look after the numbers of patients that are coming in. In effect, our ambulances are being used as cubicles outside.’ 

The ambulance service is on the frontline as the NHS comes under pressure on multiple fronts (Picture: Andy Rain/EPA) © Provided by Metro The ambulance service is on the frontline as the NHS comes under pressure on multiple fronts (Picture: Andy Rain/EPA)

Mr Gorman spoke as A&E and minor injury departments registered their worst performance on record, with 68.9% of patients being seen within four hours last month. The NHS target is for 95% to be admitted, transferred or discharged within the timeframe.  

‘It’s stressful, it’s a position that no clinician wants to be in,’ said Mr Gorman, a grade 2 emergency medical technician.

‘Nowadays we go out on a 999 call and we assess the patient and try and avoid taking them unnecessarily. A lot of patients are left at home with other pathways, such as GPs. So when we do take them in it’s because they are very unwell and need to be taken in. They should not be sat in the back of an ambulance for hours and hours.

‘We have had crews sat outside A&E for a full shift and then a night crew comes out and takes over, it’s just wrong. While the ambulances are sat there they cannot respond to other 999 calls, which puts patients at risk. 

‘It’s stressful enough with the type of incidents we go to because of the nature of the job and this just exacerbates the situation.’

Ambulance staff including paramedics, emergency care assistants and call handlers are due to join the industrial action but will respond to the most serious emergencies that cannot otherwise be covered. 

These include ‘life or limb’ Category 1 calls and some in Category 2, which covers emergencies such as burns, strokes and epilepsy. 

The action, which UNISON is co-ordinating alongside the GMB and Unite unions, follows the government saying that ‘economic circumstances’ mean an above-inflation pay rise is not affordable.   

Jeff Gorman said ambulance crews are sometimes spending entire shifts waiting outside A&E departments ( Picture: UNISON NWAS Branch) © Provided by Metro Jeff Gorman said ambulance crews are sometimes spending entire shifts waiting outside A&E departments ( Picture: UNISON NWAS Branch)

Mr Gorman said: ‘Nobody wants to go on strike but we haven’t got a choice. Every time we make an offer to get round the table and have a conversation about trying to get a reasonable resolution and a sensible pay offer the government has just refused.

‘The government needs to finally get round the table and come up with a pay offer that is acceptable to those joining the service and those of us who are here. A sensible offer would at least match inflation after 10 years plus of real terms pay cuts.’  

The Royal College of Nursing is also striking over pay, with walkouts involving around 100,000 members in England, Wales and Northern Ireland scheduled for December 15 and 20. 

The pressures on the ambulance service were further illustrated by a BBC Newsnight report on Wednesday which showed that 37 patients in the West Midlands have died so far this year after 999 responses were delayed. 

A part-time paramedic, who works for London Ambulance Service, gave a similar picture of logjammed hospitals and staff discontent.  

The responder, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: ‘The staff, me included, are getting fed up with having to sit around in ambulances for hours on end. We constantly have to tell the hospital how the patient is doing, keep taking observations and making sure the patient is alright.

‘Sometimes the doctor will come on the back and have a look at the patient or someone will come and take their blood or some other kinds of tests.

‘At times, we have been asked to take them out, take them in for an X-ray and take them back out again because there are no beds. We are not porters, we are medics, it’s not what we trained for or want to do.

‘No one has died while I have been waiting but at times there have been patients I have been thinking about and I’ve gone in and said, “will you please come and see them because I don’t feel equipped to take care of this person and they need a doctor, not me”.’ 

NHS staff want a pay settlement reflecting inflation as they come under increasing strain on the frontline (Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire) © Provided by Metro NHS staff want a pay settlement reflecting inflation as they come under increasing strain on the frontline (Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire)

The paramedic, who has been working in the service for almost three decades, spoke of being confronted by angry friends and relatives when arriving at emergencies.  

‘Sometimes people are angry and upset when we get there,’ she said.

‘You can understand it when they’ve been waiting hours for an ambulance to arrive while someone is lying on the floor.

‘I say I’m really sorry but this is the state of our NHS, it is broken and it needs to be fixed and to please write to your MP because they are the ones who hold the purse strings. Most people agree with me.

‘It’s terrible, it’s no way to treat people. It really makes me angry when the government talks about us holding them to ransom. They have had 12 years to sort this out with people suffering constantly and things getting worse.

‘Now, in the middle of a cost of living crisis, we are to blame.’ 

The paramedic is also a UNISON member who is joining the strike action.

‘We are getting off shifts later and later and you are exhausted,’ she said.

‘The longest we have to wait is five hours and we had to ask our control to send someone to relieve us, sometimes they can do that, sometimes they can’t. We had an elderly patient after a 999 call.

‘I feel upset and quite depressed after shifts, I feel sorry for the patients.  

‘I love my job but I feel I’m being pushed out.’ 

Nurses are calling on the government to provide a new pay settlement ahead of scheduled strike action (Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire) © Provided by Metro Nurses are calling on the government to provide a new pay settlement ahead of scheduled strike action (Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)

The government has pledged an additional £6.6 billion over the next two years to Improve urgent and emergency care, with the NHS due to publish a recovery plan in the new year. 

Health and social care secretary Steve Barclay said: ‘NHS workers do an incredible job caring for our loved ones and it is disappointing some will be taking industrial action, ahead of a challenging winter. 

‘The economic circumstances mean unions’ demands are not affordable – each additional 1% pay rise for all staff on the Agenda for Change contract would cost around £700 million a year. 

‘We’ve prioritised the NHS with record funding and accepted the independent pay review body’s recommendations to deliver over one million NHS workers a pay rise of at least £1,400 this year, with those on the lowest salaries receiving an increase of up to 9.3% This is on top of the 3% award last year when wider public sector pay was frozen and on top of the wider government support to help with the cost of living. 

‘Our priority is to ensure emergency services continue to operate for those who need it and limit disruption, particularly at a time when NHS services are under huge pressure due to the impact of Covid.’

North West Ambulance Service monitors the impact of delays through Serious Investigations (SI) and any coroners’ inquests.

It is understood there has been no ‘abnormal’ rise in SIs or inquests where delays have been shown to be a ‘causative link’ in a patient’s death.

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Killexams : Ambulance worker claims ‘we won’t let public suffer’ despite mass strike action

An has suggested that those striking will suspend their action to help people in “life threatening” situations, “even if we have to do it from the picket lines”. Emergency medical technician Eddie Brand told Sky News that “life and limb cover” will be provided during planned strikes, adding that “we won't let people suffer”. It comes as the GMB (General union) on Wednesday said workers across the ambulance services and some NHS trusts have voted to strike over the Government's four percent pay award, which it described as another “massive real-terms pay cut”.

Asked how the strikes would go ahead without putting “more lives at risk”, Mr Brand said: “We will provide life and limb cover. We won’t let people suffer. We’ll talk to our service about that and we will come up with a plan.

“The army or the service will have to provide some sort of cover, or the NHS will. They already use private ambulance services. They use voluntary ambulance services. 

“We will talk to our service and what calls they cannot cover, if it is life-threatening then we will go out and deal with it. 

“Even if we have to do it from the picket lines, we will do something. We will not let people suffer.” 

Emergency medical technician Eddie Brand

Emergency medical technician Eddie Brand said strikers will "provide life and limb cover" (Image: SKY NEWS )

The GMB said on Wednesday its members working as paramedics, emergency care assistants, call handlers and other staff are set to walk out in the following trusts: South West Ambulance Service, South East Coast Ambulance Service, North West Ambulance Service, South Central Ambulance Service, North East Ambulance Service, East Midlands Ambulance Service, West Midlands Ambulance Service, Welsh Ambulance Service and Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

The news follows an announcement by Unison on Tuesday that thousands of 999 call handlers, ambulance technicians, paramedics and their colleagues working for ambulance services in the North East, North West, London, Yorkshire and the South West are to be called out on strike over pay and staffing levels after voting in favour of industrial action.

The union will meet with reps in the coming days to discuss potential strike dates before Christmas.

Rachel Harrison, GMB national secretary, said: “Ambulance workers - like other NHS workers - are on their knees. 

READ MORE: Pensioner 'told to wait 4 hours' for ambulance to take him 100 yards [REPORT] 

The British Army could be called in

The British Army could be called in to operate ambulance during the strikes (Image: GETTY )

“Demoralised and downtrodden, they've faced 12 years of Conservative cuts to the service and their pay packets, fought on the front line of a global pandemic and now face the worst cost-of-living crisis in a generation.

“No-one in the NHS takes strike action lightly - today shows just how desperate they are.”

She added: “This is as much about unsafe staffing levels and patient safety as it is about pay. 

A third of GMB ambulance workers think delays they've been involved with have led to the death of a patient. Something has to change or the service as we know it will collapse.

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Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Steve Barclay

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Steve Barclay leaves 10 Downing Street (Image: GETTY )

“GMB calls on the Government to avoid a winter of NHS strikes by negotiating a pay award that these workers deserve.”

Health and Social Care Secretary Steve Barclay said: “I'm hugely grateful for the hard work and dedication of NHS staff and deeply regret some will be taking industrial action - which is in nobody's best interests as we approach a challenging winter.

“Our economic circumstances mean unions' demands are not affordable - each additional one percent pay rise for all staff on the Agenda for Change contract would cost around £700 million a year.

“We've prioritised the NHS with record funding and accepted the independent pay review body recommendations in full to deliver over one million NHS workers a pay rise of at least £1,400 this year, with those on the lowest salaries receiving an increase of up to 9.3 percent.

“This is on top of three percent last year when public sector pay was frozen and wider government support with the cost of living.”

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Killexams : Here’s What Will Happen Once NASA’s Orion Splashes Down on Sunday The Artemis 1 recovery team during a practice exercise on December 2, 2022. © Photo: NASA The Artemis 1 recovery team during a practice exercise on December 2, 2022.

Should all go as planned, NASA’s Orion spacecraft will splash down off the coast of Baja, California, on Sunday, December 11 at 12:40 p.m. ET. As the uncrewed capsule bobs up and down in the open ocean, a crack team will spring into action and attempt to pull off a carefully choreographed recovery operation. Here’s how we expect it to unfold.

The sight of Orion floating in the Pacific Ocean will most assuredly be a welcome sight this Sunday, but it will also be a time for reflection. The spacecraft will have completed a remarkable journey, in which it buzzed the lunar surface at a distance of 81 miles (130 kilometers) and ventured nearly 43,000 miles (69,000 km) beyond the Moon. At its maximum distance, Orion was 268,554 miles (432,194 km) from Earth, setting a new record for a passenger-rated spacecraft.

Just as remarkably, Orion will have survived a harrowing reentry through the Earth’s atmosphere, having endured 5,000 degree Fahrenheit temperatures upon hitting the atmosphere at 20,000 miles per hour (32,2000 km/hr). We’ll have Orion’s innovative heat shield and NASA’s skip re-entry procedure to thank, should the spacecraft’s return to Earth go well. NASA’s SLS rocket launched Orion to space on November 16, sending it on a 25.5-day mission to the Moon and back.

The immediate moments after splashdown will bring relief and introspection, but for NASA’s Landing Recovery Team, it’ll be showtime. It’s a big responsibility to recover Orion, not only because NASA will want to study every nook and cranny of its returning spacecraft but also because future Artemis missions will involve a living, breathing crew. The sequel mission in two years, Artemis 2, will include four astronauts, who will undoubtedly want to get out of the capsule as quickly as possible following splashdown.

The recovery team practicing on December 2, 2022. © Photo: NASA The recovery team practicing on December 2, 2022.

The Landing Recovery Team, headed by Kennedy Space Center’s Exploration Ground Systems, will have help from the U.S. Department of Defense, including the Navy and Air Force. Also taking part will be technicians and engineers from Kennedy, Johnson Space Center, and Lockheed Martin, according to a NASA fact sheet.

Orion is expected to splash down about 100 miles (160 kilometers) west of Guadalupe Island. The original landing site, a spot 60 miles (100 km) to the west of San Diego, could not be used on account of expected bad weather, as Mike Sarafin, Artemis mission manager, told reporters yesterday. The newly chosen target area is 345 miles (556 km) up range from the original site and off the coast of Baja, California. Speaking at the same press briefing, Judd Frieling, Artemis flight director, said the new landing area is “well within our test objectives.”

The recovery team will spring into action approximately three hours prior to splashdown and collect as much data about the conditions as possible, Melissa Jones, Artemis 1 recovery director, told reporters at a briefing back in August. Weather balloons will have been deployed 24 hours prior to Orion’s arrival. The USS John P. Murtha, a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship, will take the team to the designated landing area. This class of ship features a well deck at the waterline, allowing watercraft—or in this case spacecraft—to dock inside the vessel.

A recovery team member installing lines during a practice exercise on December 2, 2022. © Photo: NASA A recovery team member installing lines during a practice exercise on December 2, 2022.

Following splashdown, a helicopter crew will inspect the capsule to make sure it’s safe to recover. Once Jones gives the official “go ahead” to proceed, Navy divers and other team members will approach the capsule in inflatable boats. Divers will swim underneath the capsule to assess the vehicle’s condition and take photos.

Among the first tasks will be for the divers to attach a stabilization collar, or “pony collar,” around Orion’s base. They’ll also install an inflatable platform that will serve as a kind of front porch for future astronauts to use as they exit the vehicle. As this is happening, other team members will attempt to recover Orion’s jettisoned forward bay cover, drogue chutes, and three main parachutes. The team will also take Orion’s temperature to determine the rate at which it’s cooling down, according to Jones.

Under normal circumstances, astronauts will exit only after the capsule is safely inside the Navy’s ship, but the recovery team does have the option to extricate crew members while Orion floats in the open water (in the event of a medical emergency, for example). That said, they’d only be able to do that if sea and weather conditions permit.

The team will then prep Orion for its trip to the awaiting dock ship. Divers will attach a winch line and a series of tending lines to the capsule. The team will use these lines to pull Orion toward the ship and tenderly position it within a specialized assembly known as the “cradle.” The final steps will involve the draining of the well deck and the retrieval of the bay cover and parachutes.

An Orion mockup being delivered to the well deck of a Navy vessel during a practice exercise held on December 2, 2022. © Photo: NASA An Orion mockup being delivered to the well deck of a Navy vessel during a practice exercise held on December 2, 2022.

The process, from splashdown to placement in the cradle, will take between four and five hours, according to Jones. In the event of an emergency, however, the recovery team figures it can get an astronaut to the ship’s medical bay in around 80 to 90 minutes, she added. “Artemis 1 will refine these estimates,” Jones said, and “we believe we can refine these procedures and do it quicker.” The team has practiced all of this before, but now it’s the real deal, though without any astronauts on board (that said, three manikins took part in the Artemis 1 mission, gathering data on g-forces and radiation exposure).

The USS John P. Murtha will transport Orion to a pier at a San Diego naval base, where it will be positioned into a truck and transported back to Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The parachutes and bay cover, should they be recovered, will be sent off for drying and inspection.

And that’ll be a wrap for Artemis 1, the first in a series of increasingly complex missions to the lunar environment. Fingers crossed, the recovery will go exactly as planned and we’ll get to do it all over again in 2024—but with an actual crew on board.

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Killexams : ORG CHART: Benton Best Takes on Campus Emergency Manager Role

“During a disaster is not the time to exchange business cards,” goes an old saying in emergency services, and no one takes that to heart more than UC Davis' new campus emergency manager, Benton Best. He took up his post in October and since then has been forming relationships with departments across the campus — reviewing and preparing action plans with fire, police, UC Davis Health and more.

"Everyone I meet here is so proactive in their approach to safety, and I’m grateful to bring my ideas to a table where everyone is eager to prioritize preparedness,” he said.

Best practices

Best lends support at a barn fire in Tioga County, Pennsylvania, where he served as the county emergency manager. (Courtesy)

A 13-year veteran of emergency management, Best came to UC Davis from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, where he served as a division chief, and he was the emergency manager for Tioga County, Pennsylvania, before that. 

Having moved more than 20 times, throughout six different states, he has had the grand tour of emergency services across the United States. He said he has picked up best practices along the way and looks forward to sharing what he's learned. 

Among other titles, Best is certified as a firefighter, emergency medical technician, amateur radio technician and CPR Instructor. He considers himself a lifelong learner, so working for an educational institution seemed appropriate, especially one like UC Davis. 

"There's a lot of groundbreaking stuff happening here at UC Davis and there's an opportunity for emergency management to be in lockstep with that," Best said. "I’m excited to take what I’ve learned over the years and see how they plug into the existing systems here.”

Plans for UC Davis

Something Best is looking forward to the most in the upcoming months is improving continuity of operations — ensuring that researchers can maintain essential functions in case disaster strikes. He and a planner will be consulting with departments and units to update more than 200 Continuity of Operations Plans, or COOPs, in the coming months. 

"I feel very fortunate to be doing this kind of work at a world-class university — I get to do what I love while learning about cutting-edge research," Best said. "It’s rewarding to deliver researchers the peace of mind of preparedness so they can focus on the important work that they do.”

OFFICE HOURS

Best has set up recurring office hours, via Zoom, in support of anyone working on a UC Davis Emergency Action Plan, or EAP; Continuity of Operations Plan, or COOP; or other emergency management-related plan.

  • Office hours — 11 a.m.-noon every Tuesday
  • Zoom Meeting ID — 828 352 3499

Tahila Aghily is a writer on the communications team in the division of Finance, Operations and Administration. This article was first published on the Safety Services website.

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Killexams : How to Hire Technicians for the Long Term

Technicians are the lifeblood of the organization’s maintenance team. They execute timely and efficient maintenance and repairs on the fleet’s equipment. They analyze diagrams and schematics, and inspect for known—as well as undetected—mechanical and operational concerns. The corrective actions they take maximize machine productivity. Their diligence and documentation of maintenance and repair actions and red-event failures become the basis for the organization’s proactive approach to predictive maintenance and corrective action plans.

Attracting and hiring technical staff to meet the needs of an organization’s maintenance technician requirements is no easy task these days. Labor forecasts predict a continuing shortage of qualified applicants entering the equipment maintenance and operations labor pool over the next decade.

Managers face an increasing challenge to attract the right candidates, proceed through the application and interview processes, offer a competitive compensation package, and successfully onboard the best, potentially long-tenured technical candidates available. Managers at all levels of an equipment organization engage in the recruitment and hiring process of the organization’s technical workforce. Many only fill a handful of positions a year, limiting their experience and expertise in this process and compounding recruitment and onboarding challenges.

Recruitment and successful hiring are quickly becoming primary functions of equipment managers. To adapt to these increasing responsibilities, equipment professionals must revise their approach to proactive recruitment and onboarding. In addition to recruiting for experience and technical capability, managers must incorporate organizational culture and fit as position requirements.

The concept of cultural fit combined with experience and technical capability is increasing rapidly throughout the industry, specifically in filling technical positions within the equipment maintenance and management workforce. It requires an organizational transition to the recruitment of individuals with experience and technical skills to meet a specific minimum level of the organization’s requirements, and having other core or soft skills (communication, values, personality) cohesive with the existing equipment team and organizational culture. The desired outcome of this initiative is development of a long-tenured workforce with the potential to grow within the organization, increasing the efficiency and performance of the equipment function.

Cultural fit augments maintenance technical skill

A recruitment strategy centered on cultural fit over technical capability is not a new concept, yet it can boost quality and quantity of candidates and potentially become a significant influence in reducing high employee turnover as well. The inclusion of cultural fit within the organization increases the likelihood of hiring based upon a candidate’s potential, rather than just experience and technical capability. Although experience and strong technical skills are routinely most desired, hiring solely these skills can potentially create significant disruption within the work environment if the wrong candidate is brought onto the team.

The emerging workforce, and that of the future, appears prone to change employment swiftly as new and potentially more rewarding employment offers arise. Progressive organizations understand the value of making candidates feel more comfortable with the organizational culture and work environment during the recruiting process and initial stages of their employment. Those employees are more likely to desire a long-tenured career with the organization and advance as opportunities arise from within.

Core or soft skills include personal abilities and skills that complement a candidate’s technical skills. Combining core or soft skills with knowledge and experience allows the equipment manager to identify a candidate’s full potential within the organization. A weighted scale should be developed to combine soft and technical skill sets.

Key technician skill sets

Equipment managers successfully using this strategy have identified some of the essential technical, core, and soft skill sets that every successful equipment technician should possess, and what hiring managers should look for.

Industry Knowledge is imperative for all equipment technicians and professionals. It includes knowledge of machine operating characteristics, a good understanding of the various functions of the equipment team and how they interrelate to operational efficiency, and processes and procedures of efficient and effective maintenance functions. In today’s work environment, prospective candidates often come from similar industries or functions within an organization.

Hiring equipment managers should look for candidates who have researched the organization and equipment industry and have a good understanding of the cohesiveness between all equipment functions within an organization.

Technical Skills, naturally, are imperative. Technology is continually changing, and a technician needs to monitor new products and modern technologies. Technicians must have a level of technical skills sufficient to meet at minimum the entry-level technician status of the organization, focused upon the specific type of equipment operated within the organization. Additional training once signed on with the team will enhance their technical skills and allow them to grow within the organization.

Ask prospective candidates what additional training they feel they need.

Equipment technicians must display an Exceptional Work Ethic. Equipment managers and operators depend on their technician to keep their machine operational at peak performance. Technicians must be dependable, yet finding this quality in potential applicants can be challenging. A good work ethic requires responsibility, hard work, punctuality, attentiveness, and other initiatives to address all aspects of the assigned tasks completely and efficiently.

Hiring managers should ask direct questions pertaining to these areas and carefully look for candidates who demonstrate a good work ethic early in the recruitment process.

Equipment failures and repetitive problematic occurrences are not easily detected. Technicians must have innate Critical Thinking Skills to inspect and isolate various systems to successfully determine the root cause of such occurrences and take corrective actions on the initial diagnosis. This skill set develops with experience and technical capability, yet technicians entering the workforce must demonstrate sound principals of problem solving during the recruitment process.

Questions should be developed specifically to identify a significant challenge, asking the candidate to describe how they would solve the challenge.

Diligence is a critical characteristic of a great technician. Whether working on repairs, diagnostics, or maintenance, it is imperative they perform these tasks with mindfulness and due diligence. Although successful equipment maintenance and repairs keep machines working and profitable, the failure to correctly diagnose or repair something upon first notification will inhibit production, profitability, and possibly create a safety-sensitive situation in the field. Attention to even the smallest of details develops with experience and technical capability, but it must be clearly identified as a candidate’s strength.

The candidate’s response to critical thinking skills will assist in this determination. Look for analytical process thinking and a response which includes quality control measures.

Good Interpersonal Skills are needed to ascertain what is going on with the machine when a technician visits a site. Equipment operators are more inclined to communicate detailed operational observations to assist in the diagnosis and repair to someone whom they trust. Being able to effectively communicate maintenance and repair issues to operators and what they will be working on will build trust. Operators will be more inclined to quickly identify minor defects and small repairs rather than live with them until failure or the next major service interval.

Monitoring a candidate’s communication and openness to group discussions should be identified during the recruitment process. Introduce the candidate to the existing team and monitor their willingness to openly communicate.

Good technicians must be technically savvy; great technicians have core and soft skills that augment their technical skills. Technical competencies should be used as a baseline to identify the best candidate for the position. Instituting core and soft skill set competencies within the hiring process can assist in onboarding quality candidates who are a good fit for the equipment team and who can be technically trained to advance and grow within the organization. 

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Killexams : San Diego ready to take drastic action on ambulance service to solve staffing, response time problems

With San Diego’s new ambulance provider still falling far short of staffing and response-time goals, city leaders promised Wednesday to take drastic action in January that could include adding a second ambulance provider.

Another solution discussed Wednesday is supplementing the staff of ambulance provider Falck USA with city paramedics. City officials may also take the service away from Falck entirely and merge it into the city’s Fire-Rescue Department.

The city hired a consultant last spring to spend six months studying that option, which would bring San Diego in line with Los Angeles and San Francisco. Officials didn’t say Wednesday when the consultant’s report would be available.

Falck was chosen last year to replace longtime provider American Medical Response because Falck promised to Improve service, but the company hasn’t come close to fulfilling those promises.

Not only hasn’t it kept its promise to increase daily ambulance hours across the city from 840 to 1,008, Falck also hasn’t met the minimum of 900 daily hours required by its city contract in any month since taking over last November.

And new numbers unveiled Wednesday show things are getting worse, not better. Average daily hours dropped from 810 in July to 768 in August, then fell to 756 in September.

Response time data for those months aren’t yet available, but a Falck official acknowledged Wednesday that the company will be facing fines in multiple response-time categories for September.

The shortfall in daily ambulance hours — the total number of on-duty hours for all ambulances operating in the city on a particular day — and the poor response times are primarily the result of staffing shortages. Those shortages force Falck to leave several ambulances unstaffed and dormant on most days.

Falck has 109 full-time paramedics available to work, well short of the 134 needed and the 148 it would like to have so it can cover vacations and sick days. And the company has 162 emergency medical technicians, 32 below its goal.

Those numbers are down from May, when the company had 116 paramedics and 194 EMTs.

“This is something we’ve been challenged with for a year now, and it’s not getting any better,” Fire Chief Colin Stowell told the City Council’s public safety committee on Wednesday. “We can’t just wait for it to get better. We’ve got to start making some of these changes.”

Stowell declined to say specifically what would happen in January, but he said options likely to be chosen include a new deal with Falck that boosts service — or something more drastic.

Councilmember Marni von Wilpert suggested adding a second ambulance provider to supplement Falck’s staff and neighborhood coverage.

“I need in January to have concrete action steps,” she said.

The leader of the labor union representing Falck’s local paramedics and EMTs, Tony Sorci, said city workers are a possibility.

“It’s our belief this may result in city of San Diego Fire-Rescue having to take greater responsibilities and extra measures to cover this increasing number of unstaffed shifts with San Diego Fire-Rescue paramedics,” Sorci said.

Sorci also painted a bleak picture of working conditions for his members, who are forced under their contract to work mandatory overtime shifts.

“Our members share experiences of helplessness and mental anguish that has resulted in increased numbers of physical injuries, illnesses, PTSD and serious clinical depression,” he said. “The physical and mental impacts of these working conditions ... are devastating.”

Sorci, who blamed low pay and egregious working conditions for the staffing problems, said the dormant ambulances are slowing response times and leaving many neighborhoods without adequate coverage.

“These delays in the dispatching of ambulances have resulted in response times of up to 30 minutes or more, as ambulances respond from as far north as Carmel Mountain or farther to areas of Encanto, downtown or the South Bay,” he said.

Jeff Behm, leader of Falck’s local operations, defended his company’s performance. But he didn’t express the usual optimism that staffing problems would soon be solved.

Instead, Behm provided many reasons for the failures, including a national shortage of paramedics since the pandemic and delays dropping off patients at hospitals, which can tie up Falck ambulances for lengthy periods.

Sorci said the national shortage is a bogus excuse for Falck failing to hire enough paramedics locally, because Falck competitor AMR has a surplus of workers in San Diego. But Behm noted that AMR is struggling with shortages in other parts of the nation.

Local hospitals say Falck is partly to blame for the delays, contending it takes some patients to hospitals unnecessarily because it doesn’t get paid otherwise.

Behm said Falck paramedics and EMTs don’t get bonuses or any additional compensation for taking a patient to hospital, arguing they have no incentive to make unnecessary hospital trips.

“It’s hard for us to sift through all this competing data and finger-pointing,” said von Wilpert, stressing that the problems need to be solved no matter what their causes. “The point is, the contract is not being adhered to.”

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Killexams : Action Spa Repair Has Grown Their Staff By 50% During 2022 And Is Now Onboarding New Technicians

El Cajon, California, Nov. 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Since 1993, Action Spa Repair has been a trusted hot tub repair and maintenance company in the San Diego area.

With the largest stock warehouse in Southern California, Action Spa Repair arrives prepared with the supplies to fix their customer’s problems on the first visit! Their expert technicians are friendly, knowledgeable and trained to service all of the different hot tub brands on the market. https://www.actionsparepair.com/ has seen exponential growth during 2022–leading to a staff increase of 50%–including a new team of highly skilled technicians.

If you are seeking a renowned and affordable hot tub repair company in San Diego, then look no further! Contact Action Spa Repair and get back to enjoying those warm bubbles.

Leading Hot Tub Repair Company

Action Spa Repair Hot Tub Repair has a fleet of experienced, specially trained technicians on the ground, as well as a complete in-house troubleshooting support team. Whatever issue your hot tub may have, they will quickly diagnose the problem and get the job done properly and efficiently. 

Action Spa Repair  guarantees its customers:

  • Peace of Mind – Their team is fully licensed, insured, and can handle any of your warranty or non-warranty repairs & maintenance.
  • Efficient Solutions – They understand how precious your time is. They offer a one-hour window arrival time, so that you are not waiting around all day.
  • Fully-stocked Vehicles – Action Spa Repair ensures that all their service vehicles are fully stocked with the essential tools and supplies needed to fix your hot tub during the first visit.
  • Experience – With over 20 years of experience servicing the San Diego area, their technicians have seen it all. They are experts at what they do and will quickly diagnose & repair a multitude of issues on any hot tub; regardless of the make, model, or brand. 

They have a list of leading hot tub repair and maintenance services to help you get back to relaxing. Fast.

These include:

If you suspect or have identified a leak in your hot tub, just call Action Spa Repair. They will send a technician to your house and, in most cases, even repair the leak while you wait, so that you can immediately get back to enjoying your hot tub.

Their technicians can replace any faulty hot tub heater regardless of the brand and quickly get your spa back to the perfect temperature.

If you need Hot tub Repair San Diego, Action Spa Repair is here to help! Their technicians can repair your existing pump or replace it for a competitive price. Thanks to their large warehouse supply, they have your new pump in stock and ready to install.

With a variety of different systems to choose from, you can find the perfect hot tub to fit the style of your home. Action Spa Repair’s experienced team can help you choose the right system to suit your individual needs and install it for you. How easy is that?

Faulty jets can be a frustrating issue. Action Spa Repair’s team of hot tub & spa experts can quickly diagnose the problem and offer you an effective repair or replacement service.

Along with providing industry leading San Diego Hot tub Repair and maintenance, Action Spa Repair also offers a custom hot tub cover service.

They will create and install a unique cover that fits your hot tub perfectly, meanwhile protecting it from the elements. Speaking of the elements, because each cover is individually constructed with only high-quality materials, you can rest assured that your hot tub cover will serve you well for many years to come! 

More information:

To find out more about Action Spa Repair Hot Tub Repair and to see a complete list of their services, please visit their website at https://www.actionsparepair.com/

Source: https://thenewsfront.com/action-spa-repair-has-grown-their-staff-by-50-during-2022-and-is-now-onboarding-new-technicians/


Action Spa Repair Hot Tub Repair
536 Raleigh Ave
El Cajon
CA 92020
United States

+1 619 444 1720

https://www.actionsparepair.com/

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Killexams : Action Spa Repair Has Grown Their Staff By 50% During 2022 And Is Now Onboarding New Technicians

El Cajon, California, Nov. 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Since 1993, Action Spa Repair has been a trusted hot tub repair and maintenance company in the San Diego area.

With the largest stock warehouse in Southern California, Action Spa Repair arrives prepared with the supplies to fix their customer's problems on the first visit! Their expert technicians are friendly, knowledgeable and trained to service all of the different hot tub brands on the market. https://www.actionsparepair.com/ has seen exponential growth during 2022–leading to a staff increase of 50%–including a new team of highly skilled technicians.

If you are seeking a renowned and affordable hot tub repair company in San Diego, then look no further! Contact Action Spa Repair and get back to enjoying those warm bubbles.

Leading Hot Tub Repair Company

Action Spa Repair Hot Tub Repair has a fleet of experienced, specially trained technicians on the ground, as well as a complete in-house troubleshooting support team. Whatever issue your hot tub may have, they will quickly diagnose the problem and get the job done properly and efficiently. 

Action Spa Repair  guarantees its customers:

  • Peace of Mind – Their team is fully licensed, insured, and can handle any of your warranty or non-warranty repairs & maintenance.
  • Efficient Solutions – They understand how precious your time is. They offer a one-hour window arrival time, so that you are not waiting around all day.
  • Fully-stocked Vehicles – Action Spa Repair ensures that all their service vehicles are fully stocked with the essential tools and supplies needed to fix your hot tub during the first visit.
  • Experience – With over 20 years of experience servicing the San Diego area, their technicians have seen it all. They are experts at what they do and will quickly diagnose & repair a multitude of issues on any hot tub; regardless of the make, model, or brand. 

They have a list of leading hot tub repair and maintenance services to help you get back to relaxing. Fast.

These include:

If you suspect or have identified a leak in your hot tub, just call Action Spa Repair. They will send a technician to your house and, in most cases, even repair the leak while you wait, so that you can immediately get back to enjoying your hot tub.

Their technicians can replace any faulty hot tub heater regardless of the brand and quickly get your spa back to the perfect temperature.

If you need Hot tub Repair San Diego, Action Spa Repair is here to help! Their technicians can repair your existing pump or replace it for a competitive price. Thanks to their large warehouse supply, they have your new pump in stock and ready to install.

With a variety of different systems to choose from, you can find the perfect hot tub to fit the style of your home. Action Spa Repair's experienced team can help you choose the right system to suit your individual needs and install it for you. How easy is that?

Faulty jets can be a frustrating issue. Action Spa Repair's team of hot tub & spa experts can quickly diagnose the problem and offer you an effective repair or replacement service.

Along with providing industry leading San Diego Hot tub Repair and maintenance, Action Spa Repair also offers a custom hot tub cover service.

They will create and install a unique cover that fits your hot tub perfectly, meanwhile protecting it from the elements. Speaking of the elements, because each cover is individually constructed with only high-quality materials, you can rest assured that your hot tub cover will serve you well for many years to come! 

More information:

To find out more about Action Spa Repair Hot Tub Repair and to see a complete list of their services, please visit their website at https://www.actionsparepair.com/

Source: https://thenewsfront.com/action-spa-repair-has-grown-their-staff-by-50-during-2022-and-is-now-onboarding-new-technicians/

Action Spa Repair Hot Tub Repair
536 Raleigh Ave
El Cajon
CA 92020
United States

+1 619 444 1720

https://www.actionsparepair.com/

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