Governor appoints Sulphur man to Louisiana EMS Certification Commission

The following is a news release from the Office of the Governor of the State of Louisiana:

BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced appointments to the Louisiana Emergency Medical Services Certification Commission.

The Louisiana Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Certification Commission serves to identify, define and implement the appropriate functions and authorize pre-certification and post-certification training programs for emergency medical personnel.

According to the statute, the commission is comprised of eleven voting members and one non-voting member, all appointed by the governor. The non-voting member must be a registered nurse and state-certified paramedic and is appointed from nominations submitted by the Louisiana State Nurses Association from a list of two names submitted by the Louisiana Emergency Nurses Association. The remaining eleven voting members, selected from nominations from the EMS task force, which is comprised of individuals appointed by the assistant secretary of the Office of Public Health, include the following:

• One emergency medical services administrator representing the private sector;
• One emergency medical services administrator representing the public sector;
• Two certified emergency medical technician-paramedics and one emergency medical technician-basic, who are certified as emergency medical services instructors by the bureau;
• One physician from The American College of Emergency Physicians;
• One physician from The American College of Surgeons;
• One physician from Louisiana State Medical Society;
• One physician from the American Academy of Pediatrics;
• One member who is, at a minimum, a state-certified emergency medical technician-basic nominated by the Louisiana Municipal Association; and
• One member nominated by the Professional Firefighters Association of Louisiana.
 
Appointments to the Louisiana Emergency Medical Services Certification Commission:

Bob Brankline, of Sulpuhr, is a captain/paramedic for the Sulphur Fire Department, the owner of RJB Contracting Services, EMS volunteer for the Iowa Volunteer Fire Department, and a national registry representative for the Office of Public Health and Safety for the Department of Health and Hospitals.  Brankline will be appointed to serve as a member nominated by the Professional Firefighters Association of Louisiana and the EMS task force, as required by statute.

Michael Doiron, of Woodworth, is a councilman in the Town of Woodworth, the assistant coroner for Rapides Parish, an assistant volunteer chief for the Woodworth Fire Department and an emergency medical technician for Acadian Ambulance Services.  Doiron will be appointed to serve as a member who is, at a minimum, a state-certified emergency medical technician-basic nominated by the Louisiana Municipal Association and the EMS task force, as required by statute.

Ken Rousseau, of Thibodaux, is the director of emergency medical services for St. Charles Parish Hospital, a designated regional coordinator for Region 3, and is a member of the Thibodaux Volunteer Fire Department.  Rousseau will be appointed to serve as an emergency medical services administrator representing the public sector selected from nominations from the EMS task force, as required by statute.

Jonathan Johnson, of Shreveport, is a flight nurse and program manager for Life Air Rescue, a member of the Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association, the Emergency Nurses Association, and the National Association of EMTs.  Johnson will be appointed to serve as a non-voting member who is a registered nurse and state-certified paramedic and is appointed from nominations submitted by the Louisiana State Nurses Association from a list of two names submitted by the Louisiana Emergency Nurses Association, as required by statute.