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Emergency Medical Services

Program Manager

Kelly Kapri 
Phone: 503 986-3293 
Fax: 503 986-3143 

ODOT- Transportation Safety Division - MS 3
4040 Fairview Industrial Drive SE
Salem, OR 97302-1142

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Program Introduction

Action 109 - Transportation Safety Action Plan - Priority 1
Develop Strategies to Ensure the Recruitment and Retention of EMS Volunteers

Work to place a state focus on volunteer creation and development. Develop strategies to assure the recruitment and retention of EMS and fire volunteers. Work to assure that the EMS education standards are attainable to volunteers in terms of time, costs and resource demands. Develop easy, effective entry points for EMS and fire volunteers. Work with affected agencies and local governments to identify existing and emerging barriers to volunteer participation in the EMS and fire systems.

Action 106 - Work With Partner Agencies to Position Oregon's EMS System as World-Class and Affordable for the Average Oregonian

Work with partner EMS agencies, providers, committees, volunteers and concerned citizens to position Oregon’s EMS system as world class. Raise awareness of the life-saving importance of EMS personnel and equipment to encourage statewide support and involvement. Increase emphasis on the need for well-trained personnel and equipment in rural and volunteer agencies. Create and fund affordable, local and accessible EMS training statewide for pre-hospital and hospital personnel responding to motor vehicle crashes, to aid in reaching and sustaining this goal. Continue work towards meeting and exceeding national standards.

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2015 Conference Scholarship Opportunities

2015 Eastern Oregon EMS Conference
/ February 26 – March 1, 2015 /
Blue Mountain Community College, Pendleton

2015 Eastern Oregon EMS Conference Facebook

2015 EMS Conference
/ September 24, 25, 26, 2015 / Salem Convention Center

2015 EMS Conference Facebook

2015 State of Jefferson Conference
/ March 6-7, 2015 / Smullin Center, Medford

2015 State of Jefferson EMS Conference Facebook
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EMS Projects

Pediatric Simulation Education Project

ODOT, TSD, State of Oregon EMS & Trauma Systems Program, Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMS-C), OHSU/Emergency Medicine the Oregon Office of Rural Health, and Life Flight are collaborating to improve the education and training of pre-hospital and hospital personnel in the care of seriously injured pediatric trauma victims from motor vehicle and ATV crashes.  During the trainings, rural providers practice hands-on-skills in a realistic environment from scene to hospital.
This project started during the 2008 grant year with the purchase of the 5 year old high fidelity wireless simulator.

Oregon EMS Workforce Data

In Oregon, as of September 2014, EMS Workforce
Emergency Medical Responders – 1,596
Emergency Medical Technicians – 5,366
Advanced/Emergency Medical Technician - 60
Emergency Medical Technicians – Intermediate - 918
Paramedic – 3,617

Scholarships provided for 2015 EMS Conferences:

2015 Eastern Oregon EMS Conference
2015 State of Jefferson EMS Conference
2015 Oregon EMS Annual Conference


Get Microsoft SilverlightOregon EMS Rural Pediatric Simulation Education Video


EMS at the Capitol 2010
Emergency Services to be showcased on Capitol Mall pdf - News Release
EMS at the Capitol 2010 Event Pictures pdf 

EMS at the Capitol 2011 

EMS at the Capitol 2011 Event Inside ODOT Article   

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EMS For Children (EMS-C)

NHTSA EMSC Performance Measures 66d and 66e:
Making Transfers Work for Critically Ill and Injured Children 
EMSC Fact Sheet, State Advisory Committee: 
Pediatric Emergency Training Needed in Rural Communities 
Pediatric Equipment for Ambulances  

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"Move Over or Slow Down Law"

Under the Move Over law, a driver must move over to another lane (if on a four-lane or more highway) when approaching an emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle that is stopped and displaying its emergency warning lights. If the driver cannot safely move over, she must slow down to a speed that is at least 5 miles per hour BELOW the posted speed of the roadway.   HB 2040 enhanced the law to increase safety on Oregon's roadways by adding vehicles to the list of "emergency vehicles" that require drivers to move over. It also defines what "slow down" means when it's unsafe to move over. The bill went into effect January 1, 2010.

(Right Click on any of the links below and select "Save Target As" to save any of the media to your computer for viewing or forwarding). 
Oregon "Move Over" Billboard:
Oregon "Move Over" Highway Sign:
Oregon "Move Over" Transit Sign:
Oregon "Move Over" Poster:
Oregon "Move Over" Law Brochure:
Oregon "Move Over" Law Radio:
Oregon "Move Over" PowerPoint Slides
Zip File - All Oregon Move Over Media

National Move Over America Website

National Video - Your Vest Won't.....

The Move Over Law - Oregon Text- Amended  January 2010
ORS 811.147
The law specifies the following:
811.147 Section I. is amended to read:
As used in this section, "roadside assistance vehicle means a vehicle with warning lights that responds to requests for repair assistance from motorists with disabled vehicles".
(1) A person operating a motor vehicle commits the offense of failure to maintain a safe distance from an emergency vehicle, roadside assistance vehicle, tow vehicle or ambulance if the person approaches an emergency vehicle, roadside assistance vehicle, tow vehicle or ambulance that is stopped and is displaying required warning lights and the person:
(a) On a highway having two or more lanes for traffic in a single direction, fails to:
(A) Make a lane change to a lane not adjacent to that of the emergency vehicle, roadside  
assistance vehicle, tow vehicle or ambulance; or
(B) Reduce the speed of the motor vehicle to a speed that is at least 5 miles per hour under the posted speed, if making a lane change is unsafe.
(b) On a two directional, two-lane highway, fails to reduce the speed of the motor vehicle, to a speed that is at least five miles per hour under the posted speed limit.
(2) The offense described in this section, failure to maintain a safe distance from an emergency vehicle, roadside assistance vehicle, tow vehicle, or ambulance, is a Class B traffic violation. [2003 c.42 §2] 
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Oregon Health Authority, EMS & Trauma



"Recruit and maintain a sufficient number of well educated, adequately prepared, and appropriately credentialed EMS workers who are valued, well compensated, healthy, and safe."
EMS Workforce Planning and Development, NHTSA


Saving Lives Together: The Highway Safety & EMS Connection



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