10/05/11 80 W, 1 I - + 5 - 3 North Carolina EMS News, Vol. 1, No. 1, April 1974

Here's an interesting artifact, the first issue of North Carolina EMS News, the original newsletter published by the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services. Dated April 1974, a mere three years after the North Carolina General Assembly directed a research commission to study the problems of emergency medical care in our state. That beget the Emergency Medical Services Act of 1973, and the state OEMS agency therein. Click to read this PDF document:

You have to wonder sometimes how EMS in NC would have looked had they not fired Jim Page as State EMS Chief…
DJ - 10/05/11 - 20:53

I agree, DJ!!! I was just getting ready to point out to those who didn’t notice that the great Jim Page was the first Chief of OEMS in North Carolina. He was responsible for developing the paramedic program for the LA County FD and was instrumental in development and served as technical advisor to the television show EMERGENCY! and I’m sure everyone has read from his creation “JEMS” magazine. How lucky we are to have had him in our early stages of EMS in NC. My dad was one of the ones who got credit for his red cross training and only had to do the 51 hour EMT course. We were just talking about this at supper the other night. Thanks so much Mike for posting this – My dad will love to see this as he was a part of this great era of EMS in NC.
Jason Thompson (Email) - 10/05/11 - 22:24

And NC’s official response to Jim was to fire him, because he had the nerve to insist that individuals had to be able to pass a written test to be certified as EMTs!

Here’s a trivia questions for you: Describe the role played by Charles H. Speed in North Carolina’s EMS system.
Skip K - 10/08/11 - 14:49

I remember the Name “Charles Speed” Maybe he was the OEMS Chief late 70’s early 80’s before Heimerlink?? Something in the back of my feable mind also thinks maybe prior to OEMS he was with the NCSHP?? Then again there was a state senator from the Franklin Co. area with the last name speed, so I have probly gotten them all confused. I do think Skip K. your telling your age, as am I.
Galax,VA - 10/08/11 - 18:25

Charles Speed was a former Chief of NCOEMS, also had been a Colonel for the NC Highway Patrol, and done a term sometime in his life working for the safe crossing program. The Senator Speed was James Speed and was from Franklin Co. If memory serves me right Charles Speed may have been from Granville Co.
TRN - 10/08/11 - 19:15

TRN, Your right, I won’t sooooo far off, except for the Senator Speed part..But the details I won’t sure about.. Didn’t the state develope the Statewide Rescue and Hospital Radio Channels under Speeds direction??
Galax,VA - 10/08/11 - 21:13

Galax, I am not sure, I do remember that 280 and 340 has been around for a while. The State Rescue association had that old Dodge Command post that had 280 in it.
TRN - 10/08/11 - 23:20

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