EMS are mandatory reporters to Adult Protective Services and Child Protective Services. Do not rely on ALS or the hospital to report, especially if LE is not on scene. Even if LE is on scene, multiple origins of reporting are desired. For more information, please visit www.dshs.wa.gov/report-abuse-and-neglect. The CQI Committee recommends that your agency print and post this flyer:https://www.dshs.wa.gov/sites/default/files/ESA/dcs/documents/22-566.pdf​

BLS Evaluator (ESE) Class

Whatcom County EMS/TCC is offering a BLS Evaluator (ESE) class in July. This class is for initial certification and recertification as an ESE.

Two nights: Wed July 10th and Thur July 11th, 6:00-9:00pm both nights
Location TBD
Cost: $50 per person, 10 person minimum, 12 person maximum
All required paperwork (with signatures) will be completed and sent to DOH by the instructor

For initial certification, participants need to be an EMT or paramedic, and must have renewed their credential at least once. ESEs can instruct OTEPs, and can check off most provider skills for certification and recertification in the initial EMT class and for OTEP. Once you hold the ESE certification, you must attend an ESE class one time during your credential recertification period in order to renew. 


For questions about the class, please contact Erica Littlewood at elittlewood@whatcomES.org.

Class is full. To be put on waiting list in case of cancellation, send participant names to Andrea Doll at andrea@whatcomcountyems.com.

Travis Alert Act

In 2017, the Washington State Legislature passed SHB 1258, known as the Travis Alert Act (RCW 43.70.490). The law required the Department of Health (DOH) to collaborate with Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), State Fire Marshal’s Office, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Washington State Council of Firefighters to review existing training programs both local and national, to design a state wide training program that will familiarize fire department and emergency medical service personnel with the techniques, procedures, and protocols for best handling situations in which persons with disabilities are present at the scene of an emergency. The training is mandatory for all EMS personnel.

-Disability Awareness Education for EMS Curriculum

-Disability Awareness Education for EMS Presentation